I don’t want a lot for Christmas. There is just one thing I need…Christmas songs! Let’s be honest, we all hate and love them at the same time. But Christmas would simply not be the same without them! That’s why I came up with an ultimate Christmas playlist, including some all-time favourites but also some fresh tunes. So, turn up the volume and make sure you have enough space to dance because it’s time for some JINGLE BELL ROCK!
Fun Facts about Christmas Songs
Before I give away the playlist, I need to tell you about some hidden, fun facts concerning you favourite Christmas songs. Believe us, you would have never, NEVER imagined what we are about to share with you…
- “Jingle Bells” was the first song to be broadcast from space, as Gemini 6 astronauts Tom Stafford and Wally Schirra sang the song as a Christmas prank in December of 1965 after they told NASA, “We have an object, looks like a satellite going from north to south, probably in polar orbit… I see a command module and eight smaller modules in front. The pilot of the command module is wearing a red suit….”
True (Christmas) legends!
- ‘White Christmas’ is the best-selling single of all time. Yes, you read it right. Not Micheal Jackson, not Justin Bieber, NO it is Bing Crosby’s version of “White Christmas”, which is with over 100 million sold copies the highest-selling single of all time.
- During the WWI Christmas Truce of 1914, German, English and French troops sang “Silent Night” together because it was the only carol that everyone on the front lines knew the lyrics to. The song has been translated in about 140 languages!
- “We Wish You A Merry Christmas” is one of the oldest Christmas songs, originating in 16th century England.
- In Britain, the best-selling festive single is Band Aid’s 1984 track ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas?’, which sold 3.5million copies. Wham! is next in the same year with Last Christmas, selling 1.4million.
The list of Christmas carols is endless. Here are our Top 24 (see what we are doing here?!):
- All I want for Christmas is You – Mariah Carey
- Last Christmas – Wham!
- Hallelujah – Pentatonix (Their Christmas album is insane!)
- Santa bring My Baby Back (To Me) – Elvis Presley
- It’s Beginning to look a lot like Christmas – Michael Buble (also known as ‘The King of Christmas’)
- Santa’s Coming For Us – Sia
- You’re a mean one, Mr. Grinch – Thurl Ravenscroft
- Do They Know It’s Christmas? – Band Aid 30
- Thank God It’s Christmas – Queen
- Feliz Navidad – Jose Feliciano
- Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas – Sam Smith
- A New York Christmas – Rob Thomas
- Man With the Bag – Jessy J
- Jingle Bells – Michael Buble
- Mistletoe – Justin Bieber
- Jingle Bell Rock – Daryl Hall & John Oates
- Shake Up Christmas – Train
- Christmas Lights – Coldplay
- Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer – Dean Martin
- Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town – Frank Sinatra
- Driving Home for Christmas – Chris Rea
- White Christmas – Bing Crosby
- Happy Xmas (War is Over) – John Lennon
- Baby It’s Cold Outside – Idina Menzel & Michael Buble
You can find the whole playlist with many more songs here.
Obviously, there are many many more Christmas songs out there. So, if your favourite songs isn’t on our list yet please let us know in the comments! There are never enough Christmas songs.
Utrecht has a lot to offer during December, including Christmas markets, ice-skating and many more festive things. For more details have a look at our festive agenda.