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A Christmas song is a song which is normally sung during the Christmas period, and usually has some Christmas or winter related theme. If the song is traditional, or specifically has a religious content, then it is often called a Christmas carol, though some might also be called Christmas hymns.

Some songs, such as White Christmas, are songs which have become popular over the Christmas period, and often songs are introduced in films, specifically for Christmas. Such songs are not strictly Christmas carols. Some songs have little relationship to Christmas, but are hyped up over the period. Each year, record companies compete for the Christmas number one single spot, usually, but not always, with a Christmas-related song.

In the UK Cliff Richard is famed for his many attempts, with some success, to get the Christmas number one single.

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List of Christmas songs

General Christmas songs

The following songs are well known for being performed by more than one different artists:

Best known by one particular artist

The following songs are best known for being performed by one particular artist:

Not intended as a Christmas song

Some songs are frequently associated with Christmas because of the time they were released rather than explicit references to the holiday. They are sometimes given a Christmas feel by adding sleigh bells or by recording a Christmas video.

  • Stop The CavalryJona Lewie (1980) (added "Wish I was at home for Christmas" when he realised the release date)
  • Stay Another Day – East 17 (1994) (added sleigh bells)

Christmas albums

Some artists record albums dedicated to Christmas or winter. These collections often contain covers of well-known Christmas songs or carols.

Some bands produce Christmas albums exclusively for their fan clubs, including The Beatles who first released such an album in 1963 [1] (http://www.beatlefans.com/xmas.htm). Also popular are the Various Artists collections such as The Best Christmas Album in the World...Ever!.

German language Christmas songs

German language Christmas carols tend to be less blitheful and more ceremonious than English ones:

External links

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