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Don’t Believe in Christmas
Christmas music comprises a variety of genres of music on a variety of topics, religious and otherwise, regularly performed or heard around the Christmas season. Christmas carols remain a large part of the popular Christmas song canon, with numerous titles being added in the s, s, and s in the United States. Subject matter ranges from the nativity of Jesus Christ , to gift-giving and merrymaking, to mythical figures surrounding the holidays such as Santa Claus and his elves. Many songs simply have a winter or seasonal theme, or have been adopted into the canon for other reasons. The Great Depression era of the s brought a stream of songs of American origin, most of which did not explicitly reference the Christian nature of the holiday, but rather the more secular traditional Western themes and customs associated with Christmas. These included songs aimed at children such as " Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town " and " Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer ", as well as sentimental ballad-type songs performed by famous crooners of the era, such as " Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas " and " White Christmas ", the latter of which remains the best-selling single of all time as of Performances of Christmas music at public concerts , in churches, at shopping malls, on city streets, and in private gatherings is an integral staple of the Christmas holiday in many cultures across the world. Radio stations often convert to a Christmas music format leading up to or during the holidays, starting sometimes before Thanksgiving in the United States — as part of a phenomenon known as " Christmas creep ". Music associated with Christmas is thought to have its origins in 4th-century Rome , in Latin-language hymns such as Veni redemptor gentium.
Christmas is upon us, which means it's time to rediscover all those favourite festive pieces of music, Find out how classical music does Christmas, from traditional carols to obscure gems you may not have heard Did you know that the chorus of this classic carol was originally going to be, "Hark! And its lyricist, Charles Wesley, originally wanted some slow and rather depressing music to accompany it? Thank goodness Mendelssohn stuck his oar in with his superb melody.
Bah humbug! Far too many Christmas albums are cynical efforts by artists recycling the same old songs to bolster their catalog sales. For this list, we culled the best Christmas albums: ones that you want to listen to year after year, not fascinating novelties.