Christmas is a time of celebrating old traditions and reliving the nostalgic feelings of childhood. It brings us together, causes us to reflect on these things collectively, and these precious experiences are shared during the special holidays. It is the time of year when everyone is involved and enjoys the tradition of singing the old songs in a new way. Christmas songs play a significant part in every culture and its presence is felt anywhere we go. Wherever you may be from, there's always a special Christmas song that would get you in the Christmas spirit.
If you love music, then there's no better way to welcome the Christmas season by playing your Christmas playlist and even sing them in Karaoke during one of your Christmas parties.
In light of this festive occasion, we're happy to help you recall your favourite Christmas songs with our very own Popsical Christmas song list. You may be from Singapore or any part of the world, we're sure that there's something in our list for you.
Here's our list of the Popsical Christmas songs made just for you:
10. Mary’s Boy Child/Oh My Lord by Boney M
A classic from 1956, and one of the best Christmas songs out there! This is the cover made by Boney released on their "Christmas Album" in 1981. It is a whole heap of disco loveliness thrown in for good measure. The song could encapsulate how joyful Scrooge must have felt waking up on Christmas morning a changed man.
9. Jingle Bell Rock by Bobby Helms
The song's title and some of its lyrics are an extension of the old Christmas standard Jingle Bells. It makes brief references to other popular songs of the 1950s is an American popular Christmas song frequent airplay in the during every Christmas season. It was composed by Joseph Carleton Beal and James Ross Boothe.
8. Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree by Brenda Lee
It is a Christmas song written by Johnny Marks and recorded by Brenda Lee. It has been recorded by numerous other music artists. Lee's original version had sold over 25 million copies with the 4th most digital downloads sold of any Christmas single. The jaunty number was heavily featured, along with seminal holiday movie Home Alone during a scene when Kevin McCallister pretends that there is a holiday party taking place in his house, and discourages the burglars from robbing it. You might also enjoy Miley Cyrus' version available in Popsical.
7. The Christmas Song by Nat King Cole
This song was originally written by Mel Torme and Bob Wells as a mind-over-matter attempt to stay cool during a stifling summer day in 1945. It’s one of Cole’s most enduring hits, and one of the most beloved of all Christmas songs.
The Nat King Cole Trio recorded this version becoming a massive hit on both the pop and R&B charts. using the same arrangement with a full orchestra. Cole's 1961 version is generally regarded as definitive, and in 2004 was the most-loved seasonal song with women aged 30-49, while the original 1946 recording was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1974.
6. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas by Michael Bublé
I love Michael Bublé's version of this original Frank Sinatra song. It was originally written by Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane for Judy Garland to perform in 1944 musical Meet Me in St Louis and features an original line that’s a lot bleaker than the version most people know. Frank Sinatra later recorded a version with modified lyrics.
The song is credited to Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane, though after Blane’s death in 1995, Martin insisted that he wrote the song by himself. His first version was, he told NPR’s Terry Gross in 2010, just too sad for Garland: “The original version was so lugubrious that Judy Garland refused to sing it. She said, ‘If I sing that to little Margaret O’Brien, they’ll think I’m a monster.’” Martin said that he initially refused to budge and insisted that Garland sing the song his way.
5. Winter Wonderland by Amy Grant
It is a song written in 1934 by Felix Bernard and lyricist Richard B. Smith Due to its seasonal theme, it is often regarded as a Christmas song in the Northern Hemisphere, the most-played holiday song of the previous five years. The song's lyrics are about a couple enjoying a picturesque winter landscape. They build a snowman, which they agree to pretend is Parson Brown. They imagine the snowman asking if the couple is married, to which they tell him that they are not, and tell the snowman that he can marry them.
4. White Christmas by Connie Talbot
This version by Connie Talbot brings back our childhood memories when we were counting the days till Christmas time. Sipping hot chocolate while staring at our tall Christmas trees at home. White Christmas makes us wish we have snow here in Asia, especially here in Singapore.
3. Last Christmas by Wham
George Michael wrote the song in his childhood bedroom, combining stylistic elements similar to the original with modern production. The kind of brokenhearted yet warm and sweet song, the melancholy of unrequited love in the lyrics, with the suggestion that it was given away too hastily. The song has been included on several compilation albums, including Disney Channel Holiday and A Very Special Christmas 7.
2. All I Want For Christmas Is You by Mariah Carey
It is a Christmas song performed by American singer and songwriter Mariah Carey. This pop Christmas song is part of every Christmas playlist played everywhere. You can hear this song while doing your Christmas shopping in plenty of malls here in Singapore. The track is an upbeat love song that includes bell chimes, heavy back-up vocals, and synthesizers. composed of pop, soul, R&B, and contemporary influences and stylings, It is the best-selling modern-day Christmas song and solidified in popular culture and music.
1. Fairytale Of New York by The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl
It's arguably (undeniably) the best Christmas song of all time. The song was written with its original concept which involved a sailor in New York looking out over the ocean and reminiscing about being back home. The song started off as a transatlantic love story between an Irish seafarer missing his girl at Christmas before becoming the bittersweet reminiscences of the Irish immigrant down on his luck in the Big Apple, inspired by the song's words to recover and to not be overcome by facial injuries she received when a stranger attacked her in a New York City street.
Shane MacGowan’s slurring, bitter delivery of those opening vocals is played out over-romanticized piano chords, then to those wonderful, jaunty strings, with Terry Woods’ mandolin part giving the song an additional Irish brogue.
All these songs are available on your Popsical app! Download the appnow and connect it with your Popsical device to get started rocking these Christmas carols.
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Missing your KTV sessions? Here's a chance to relive the memories and relieve the stress during the COVID-19 circuit breaker with free online karaoke sessions by Popsical. The Popsical LIVE: Karaoke on Zoom series will be happening every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 1230pm where you can sing to original karaoke videos in several languages. Come join in the fun!
Local start-up Popsical has stepped up to offer free karaoke sessions for all based in Singapore over video-conferencing channel ZOOM during the extended circuit breaker period. In what it calls the “first public Karaoke on Zoom series,” Popsical will be offering access to its award-winning software and original music video content with a series of 45 minutes lunchtime karaoke sessions on ZOOM that are open to the public.