I think of three, or maybe four, categories of Christmas music…
- Christmas carols (silent night, O come all ye faithful, away in a manger, etc)
- kids Christmas songs (Rudolph the red nose reindeer, Frosty the snowman, jingle bells, etc)
- rocking Christmas songs (and you could break this into older classics and newer ones) – I’ve called this group rock but it includes some country, R & B, hiphop and other modern forms of music, too.
Rocking Christmas songs
A few days ago, Pitchfork put out a list of their top 50 Christmas songs ever which is really interesting as they give stories and information about the songs, too. There are certainly songs on there I don’t know so I may have to start checking out rock Christmas songs this year!
Who knew Sufjan Stevens has released more than 100 Christmas songs since 2001, for instance?
Or that Frank Sinatra sang three different versions of “have yourself a Merry little Christmas“?
Or that Chuck Berry also sang a Rudolph song written by Johnny Marks (who wrote the original Rudolph the red nosed reindeer)? It was called Run Rudolph Run.