As we are just past the holiday season, it is the perfect time to take a look at Christmas tunes of the past and present commercial market.
Some of the first Christmas songs are religious. In today’s society, Christmas has become a commercial holiday celebrated by people of multiple religions and people of no religion as well as people who are Christian. But, since Christmas started out as a religious holiday, it is not surprising that many of the most well known songs are religious ones such as “Silent Night”, “The First Noel” and “Joy to the World”. Many of these songs are still popular and covered by many famous artists on their Christmas albums.
There are iconic songs such as “Jingle Bells” and “Rudolph the Rednosed Reindeer” which are songs that most everyone knows; the kindergarteners learn and perform them for family members and the whole family can sing together.
More classics include “White Christmas” and “I’ll be Home for Christmas” that were released in the 1940s and are very sentimental and sweet as well as a little sad. The lyrics both mention dreaming and dreams, but are removed from their loved ones at the time of the holiday
As we move into more modern day in the past few decades, we see artists beginning to make Christmas albums and add their own originals in the mix. Along with the classics artist like Justin Bieber added a song called “Mistletoe” to appeal to his young tween audience saying he’ll be waiting “under the Mistletoe” that melted the hearts of his fans and made him a lot of money. Mariah Carey recorded the song “All I Want for Christmas Is You” in 1994 and it became an instant hit, reaching number six on the billboard charts within a week. Its continued success makes it a Christmas classic to this day.
Most Christmas albums do very well and allow for more exposure as well as more touring and performance opportunities. Groups like Pentatonix have released seven albums, three of which are Christmas themed. They have gained recognition by putting their own spin on the classics as well as adding a few of their own. These albums have given them opportunities to perform their Christmas songs in many notable places, such as Rockefeller Center and a special on NBC, gaining them a lot of recognition.
Overall, the Christmas album industry is only growing and you can count on the fact that there will never be a shortage of any Christmas song you choose to listen to.
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