History of Popular Christmas Songs

1500s We Wish You a Merry Christmas traditional, adapted by Arthur Warrell in 1935 before recording era
1580 Greensleeves Richard Jones before recording era
1719 Joy To The World Isaac Watts, Lowell Mason (melodic adaptation) before recording era
1739 Hark! The Herald Angels Sing Charles Wesley, Felix Mendelssohn before recording era
1744 O Come, All Ye Faithful John Francis Wade, others before recording era
1760 God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen traditional, unknown before recording era
1780 12 Days of Christmas unknown before recording era
1818 Silent Night Franz Xaver Gruber, Joseph Mohr before recording era
1823 The First Noel Davies Gilbert, William Sandys (adaptations) before recording era
1823 Twas the Night Before Christmas Clement Clark Moore, later music by Ken Darby before recording era
1824 O Christmas Tree unknown before recording era
1825 Ave Maria Franz Schubert before recording era
1849 It Came Upon a Midnight Clear Edmund Sears, Arthur Sullivan before recording era
1857 Jingle Bells James Lord Peirpont before recording era
1857 We Three Kings John Henry Hopkins, Jr. before recording era
1862 Deck the Halls Thomas Oliphant, 16th century melody before recording era
1865 Go Tell It On The Mountain John Wesley Work, Jr. before recording era
1868 O Little Town of Bethlehem Phillip Brooks, Lewis Redner before recording era
1882 Away In a Manger lyricist unknown, William Kirpatrick, James Ramsey Murray before recording era
1892 The Nutcracker Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Arthur Pryor's Band (Victor) 1911
1934 Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town John Frederick Coots, Haven Gillespie George Hall & His Orchestra (Bluebird) 1934
1934 Winter Wonderland Johnny Marks Artie Shaw (RCA) 1934
1939 Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer Johnny Marks Gene Autry (Columbia) 1949
1941 The Little Drummer Boy Harry Simeone, Katherine Davis, Nery Onorati Trapp Family Singers (RCA Victor) 1951
1942 White Christmas Irvin Berlin Bing Crosby (Decca) 1942
1944 Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas Hugh Martin, Ralph Blane Judy Garland (Decca) 1944
1945 The Christmas Song Bob Wells, Mel Torme Nat King Cole (Capitol) 1946
1945 Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Sammy Cahn, Jule Styne Vaughn Monroe (Victor) 1945
1948 Sleigh Ride Leroy Anderson Arthur Fiedler & The Boston Pops (RCA) 1949
1950 Frosty the Snowman Walter "Jack" Rollins, Steve Nelson Gene Autry & The Cass County Boys (Columbia) 1950
1950 Silver Bells Jay Livingston, Ray Evans Bing Crosby and Carol Richards (Decca) 1950
1951 It's Beginning To Look a Lot Like Christmas Meredith Wilson Perry Como & The Fontane Sisters (RCA Victor) 1951
1957 Blue Christmas Billy Haves, J.W. Johnson Elvis Presley (RCA Victor) 1964
1957 Jingle Bell Rock Bobby Helmes Bobby Helmes (Decca) 1957
1958 Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree Johnny Marks Brenda Lee (Decca) 1958
1960 Please Come Home For Christmas Charles Brown, Gene Redd Charles Brown (King) 1960
1962 Do You Hear What I Hear Noel Regney, Gloria Shayne Baker Harry Simeone (Mercury) 1962
1962 A Holly Jolly Christmas Johnny Marks Quinto Sisters (Columbia) 1964
1963 It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year Edward Pola, George Wyle Andy Williams (Columbia) 1963
1963 Little Saint Nick Brian Wilson, Mike Love Beach Boys (Capitol) 1963
1966 You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch Theodor "Dr. Seuss" Geisel, Albert Hague Thurl Ravenscroft (MGM) 1966
1970 Put One Foot In Front of the Other Jules Bass, Maury Laws Kris & Winter featuring Mike Sammes Singers (Rhino) 2002
1970 Feliz Navidad Jose Feliciano Jose Feliciano (RCA) 1970
1971 Happy Xmas (War Is Over) John Lennon, Yoko Ono John Lennon, Yoko One & The Plastic Ono Band (Apple) 1971
1973 Step Into Christmas Elton John, Bernie Taupin Elton John (MCA) 1973
1978 Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer Randy Brooks Elmo & Patsy (indie) 1979, (Epic) 1984
1979 Wonderful Christmastime Paul McCartney Paul McCartney (Columbia) 1979
1981 Christmas Wrapping Chris Butler The Waitresses (Ze) 1981
1984 Last Christmas George Michael Wham! (Epic) 1984
1984 Do They Know It's Christmas Bob Geldof, Midge Ure Band Aid (Columbia) 1984
1994 All I Want For Christmas Is You Mariah Carey, Walter Afanasieff Mariah Carey (Columbia) 1994

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