Nothing beats the holiday season. Spending time with family, sipping eggnog (or whatever your drink of choice), and enjoying some heart felt cheer make this time of year very special. In honor of the season, we compiled our favorite holiday jingles to help get you in the spirit!
1) “Here Comes Santa Claus”
I can’t think of a better way to kick off this list than with “Here Comes Santa Claus”! Gene Autry got the idea for this tune while riding his horse in the Holiday Christmas Parade (then called the Santa Claus Lane Parade) in Los Angeles.
2) “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”
This classic holiday jingle was first introduced as part of the musical Meet Me in St. Louis. Written by famous songwriters, Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane, the lyrics were slightly modified for Frank Sinatra in the 50’s. This is the version that has become synonymous with the holiday season.
3) “Frosty the Snowman”
If you’re like me, then it’s difficult to choose who your favorite christmas character is. It’s often a toss up between Rudolph, Frosty and Ol’ St. Nick himself. Although you have to give Frosty points for the corncob pipe and top hat!
4) “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year”
The guys who wrote this definitely knew a thing or two about writing good jingles. The song was originally recorded and released as part of pop singer Andy Williams first Christmas album.
5) “Blue Christmas”
This christmas tune was first written by Billy Hayes and Jay W. Johnson in the late 40’s. But Elvis cemented “Blue Christmas” as an all-time jingles classic from the 1950’s.
6) “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer”
Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer was another one of my favorite christmas movies (anyone remember the Island of Misfit Toys?). You can’t go wrong with this holiday song!
7) “Jingle Bell Rock”
Bobby Helms released this jingle to great acclaim in 1957. With it’s electric guitar opening, this became a hipper alternative to the standard “Jingle Bells”. Listen to the radio anytime during the holidays and you’ll be sure to hear it!
8) “Santa Claus is Coming to Town”
This classic Christmas song was first heard on Eddie Cantor’s radio show in 1934. This is the version sung by the great Fred Astaire in the 1970 animated movie of the same name.
9) “Let It Snow”
Hands down, this is one of the most popular (and best selling) holiday jingles of all time. It has been covered countless times over the years from Dean Martin to Jewel, but my personal favorite has to be Sinatra’s.
10) “We Wish You a Merry Christmas”
This tune actually originated as a carol in sixteenth century England. Back then, wealthy families would hand out holiday treats to carolers on Christmas Eve. That’s why they are so insistent on the figgy pudding in this jingle!
Ready for the holidays yet? I can’t ever listen to these jingles without getting that nostalgic feeling of excitement that I would get as a kid, and hopefully they helped brighten up your day too. From everyone here, we’d like to wish you happy holidays!