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7 Dec 2011

Top 50 Christmas Songs (Original)

By: Sumeer Sudhakar

Its Christmas Time! The time to get together with family and really close friends. It's the time to share good times with great food, wine...and music! Yes...if it were not for the amazing choice of Christmas music available these days, Christmas wouldn't be as 'Merry' as it is expected to be.

Much as what we know as Christmas Music has actually come together in a phased manner over the years. First there were the traditional Christmas carols such as Silent Night, Away In A Manger, O Little Town Of Bethlehem etc. Over the years, music evolved to not only specifically address Christmas but the 'Holiday Season' altogether. Members of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers over the years have put together a number of songs popular known as 'Holiday Songs' such as 'Silver Bells', 'Winter Wonderland' or the popular 'The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire)'. Widely used by almost every artist today on their Christmas Albums, these songs form the staple of today's Christmas Music. In an attempt to add-on to these, artists further started creating their original songs. Not all really make it as 'Popular' songs to sing during Christmas, but more-so become most popular songs 'heard' during Christmas.

I have always felt that Christmas Music I hear during the season, really inspire me in more ways I could have ever thought. It gives me a new sense of wonder and spirit. It adds to the cheer on the whole. It is for this reason I would like a separate host of songs which play this role to my Christmas rather than just songs I sing.

When it comes down to finding the right songs, the question at this time really is which ones, really add to 'spirit' of the season and actually give you that feeling of warmth, love and Christmas cheer? What really do you want to hear from your favorite artist? Is it a carol, is it a popular Christmas song or is it an original Christmas song? When I sit down to actually answer this question, I'd rather hear a new original song.

So keeping this in mind, I set out on the search for my Top 50 Christmas Original Songs;

01 Band Aid - Do They Know It's Christmas
02 Ronan Keating & Hayley Westenra - It's Only Christmas
03 Lady Antebellum - On This Winters Night
04 R.Kelly - World Christmas
05 Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton - The Greatest Gift Of All
06 Alabama - Angels Among Us
07 Alan Jackson & Alison Kraus - And The Angels Cried
08 Celine Dion - These Are Special Times
09 Moody Blues - On This Christmas Day
10 Bryan Adams - Something About Christmas Time
11 Garth Brooks - The Gift
12 Randy Travis - Labour Of Love
13 Rihanna - A Child Is Born
14 Wham! - Last Christmas
15 Queen - Thank God It's Christmas
16 Shakin Stevens - Merry Christmas Everyone
17 Cliff Richard - Mistletoe & Wine
18 Sarah McLaughlin - Wintersong
19 Cliff Richards - Saviours Day
20 Alabama - Happy Birthday Jesus
21 John & Yoko - Happy Xms (War Is Over)
22 Moody Blues - A Winters Tale
23 Ricky Martin - Ay Ay It's Christmas Time
24 Extreme - Christmas Time Again
25 Moody Blues - Yes I Believe
26 Chicago - This Christmas
27 Gloria Estefan - Love On Layaway
28 The Band - Christmas Must Be Tonight
29 Celine Dion - Another Year Has Gone By
30 Paul McCartney - Wonderful Christmas Time
31 Band Aid 20 - Do They Know It's Christmas
32 Garth Brooks - Baby Jesus Is Born
33 Dido - Christmas Day
34 Faith Hill - Where Are You Christmas
35 Natalie Merchant - Children Go Where I Send Thee
36 The Judds - Beautiful Star Of Bethlehem
37 Sheryl Crow - All Through The Night
38 N'Sync - The Only Gift
39 Billy Idol - Christmas Love
40 Belinda Carlisle - Christmas Lullaby
41 Hanson - At Christmas
42 No Doubt - Oi' To The World
43 Peter Cetera - Alone For The Holidays
44 Slade - Merry Xmas Everybody
45 Norah Jones - Peace
46 Stevie Wonder - Someday At Christmas
47 Macy Gray - This Christmas
48 Ten Sharp - When The Snow Falls
49 Lady Gaga - Christmas Tree
50 Mariah Carey - O Santa

Do find time to listen to these tracks. Each one I have chosen after listening to various songs both original as also covers. Artists such as Eagles, Bon Jovi, Annie Lennox, Steve Winwood, Eric Clapton, Elton name a few, have all done Christmas songs, but either were just covers of popular tracks or songs which just didn't quite me in that 'Christmasy' mood, I so look forward to every year!

Based in India, Sumeer Sudhakar is a music lover from its very core. Brought up in a very musically inclined family, singing and playing the guitar from a very early age, Sumeer has always stayed close to the art form in spite of being unable to actually take it up professionally. He has a large collection of music and himself is a singer, song-writer as also a guitarist. He has won awards for musical performances. Today he pursues this interest in the form of building his knowledge of performing artist, listening to a very wide range of genres and also critiquing albums.

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