Once again, we are in Christmas time, a historically rewarding time for the music industry. If before the era of streaming sales of singles and CD’s in record stores soared, Today what is multiplying are listening on Spotify, YouTube and other platforms.
It is also an “extra” billing period for some artists. In particular for Mariah Carey, the undisputed queen of the business, who in addition to leading all the rankings with her hit All I Want For ChristmasIn recent years, he added television specials related to that song and the parties.
In this context, the launching of Christmas songs by music figures is a custom that, with a little more emphasis in the Northern hemisphere than in the South, was, is and will continue to be a commitment of the artists themselves, of record companies and incipient streaming services.
It is worth then the preparation of this ranking, a selection of ten Christmas songs that can serve to liven up the family table, fill in the gaps of uncomfortable conversation with the uncle, stir up the melancholic memory of some, or provoke the insults of others.
Ed Sheeran & Elton John – Merry christmas
Sir Elton and Sheeran’s brand new single manages to evoke a bit of that necessary festive spirit, and at the same time, includes a nod to “those who have gone”, in another year that everyone would rather forget. Unsurprisingly, Elton has the joyous, Christmas vibe to it.
But the video clip moves between the bizarre and the disturbing, especially the sequence in which the adorable colorado rehearses some wiggles against the wall dressed as a sexy Santa Claus with shorts.
Bobby Helms – Jingle bell rock
What to say about this emblematic song of all the end of the year. Considered the first Christmas rock and roll, it was first released in 1957 and since then it continues in force – today it occupies the fourth place in the Billboard 100-.
It has become popular to such a level that there are countless reversals that have been used for movies, series and commercials. But none manages to lift spirits – and profits – quite like Helms’ original.
Cyndi Lauper – Christmas conga
If with the recording of Time After TimeIn 1984, the American singer took out a great artist badge. With this song, published 14 years later, she not only ran the risk of losing the “great” badge, but also he even put at stake his status as an “artist”.
Mariah Carey – All I Want For Christmas Is You
Recorded in 1994, Carey herself confessed that this Christmas must-have was born in just 15 minutes and at first it did not have much recognition. The “market” did him justice 25 years later, placing him at the top of all rankings.
Today it is still a true phenomenon: in addition to being the 12th best-selling single of all time and the first song to be number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in four different decades, accumulates more than one billion views on Spotify and YouTube.
The Pretenders – 2,000 Miles
After almost two years of pandemic, This song composed by Chrissie Hynde and recorded in 1983 can be interpreted as a low blow. But the reality is that when it comes to remembering absences, it is an antidote that ensures that “he (whoever is missing) will be back by Christmas.”
A song of loss that invites hope, even in pain. A great song, beyond Christmas. Or better yet, a great song to celebrate.
Luis Miguel – Santa Claus arrived to the city
A really unnecessary song for various reasons. Among them, the translation of a Christmas classic with a result of dubious poetic taste, or the fact that Luismi tried to take him to his version of “crooner” with an excess of a sunbed, and a video clip where he appears between sensual Santa Claus and applause. party favors. The only redeemable thing: the big band.
Kelly Clarkson – Christmas Isn’t Canceled, Just You
The catchy new festive jingle from the first ever winner of the reality show American Idol has a similar vibe to Carey and goes the same way: Three months after its debut, it did not enter the Billboard Hot 100.
The title made some noise: in times when many public figures are “canceled” – the word took another meaning -, many imagined the worst. But none of that: Clarkson just says that dark memories of an old love aren’t going to quench his Christmas spirit.
Michael Bublé with Rod Stewart- Winter wonderland
Written in 1934Unlike others that were losing against the passage of time, the classic that Bing Crosby took to the top of the charts at the time, renews its attributes in that of the modern Canadian crooner, released in 2012 with Stewart.
A delight to start entering Christmas mode or musicalize the toast with sweet bread.
Wham! – Last christmas
Another classic that these days usually climbs to the top of the charts in the United States and the United Kingdom. Written by George Michael and published in 1984, it tells of an old love from last Christmas and has the cloying of the slow of that decade; a little more too-.
If the plan is “ironic consumption”, the full video clip experience is essential, which includes rolling around in the snow and various abuses of slow motion.
Brenda Lee – Rockin ‘Around The Christmas Tree
In the vein of Bobby Helms Christmas carol, this stainless steel classic invites you to detach yourself from the caramel plate and go out and dance (or, failing that, stay seated and move your foot).
Lee, a country singer who shone in the ’60s, He recorded it in 1957, when he was only 13 years old.. It had several reversals, including one from Miley Cyrus – still as Hanna Montana – and the most recent from Justin Bieber, released in 2020. But the original is the one that today ranks second on the Billboard Hot 100.
Sumo – Silent Night (outside the program)
It is one of the most popular Christmas carols in history, composed by the Austrian schoolmaster and organist Franz Xaver Gruber, on the lyrics passed to him by Joseph Mohr, a priest from the town of Oberndorf, who he premiered it on Christmas 1818 in the church of San Nicolás.
Some 170 years later, Luca Prodan and company included the piece on the After Chabon album at the same time that the band detonated it as soon as it played. An out-of-program addition to pogue around the tree.
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