Happy Xmas (War Is Over)” – John Lennon (1971)
One of Beatle John Lennon’s dreams in the music industry was to create a classic Christmas song. Undoubtedly, he was successful with the song “Happy Xmas (War Is Over)” that is simultaneously a holiday song and plea for world peace.
“The Christmas Song” – Nat King Cole (1961)
Co-written by singer Mel Torme, “The Christmas Song” became one of the defining performances of the career of Nat King Cole. He recorded the song at least 3 times of which the 1961 recording is often considered the best. Sometimes the song is referred to as “Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire” from the lyrics in the song’s first line.
“Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” – Judy Garland (1944)
This song was introduced by Judy Garland in a poignant moment in the 1944 movie musical Meet Me In St. Louis. The filmmakers complained that the first version of the song’s lyrics was too depressing and commissioned a rewrite that became the most popular interpretation.
“O Holy Night” – Celine Dion (1998)
“O Holy Night,” composed in 1847, has become a favorite carol for solo vocal performances. Celine Dion applied the huge sound of her voice to the classic song on the 1998 collection These Are Special Times.
“Santa Claus Is Coming to Town” – Bruce Springsteen and Bon Jovi (2003)
“Santa Claus Is Coming to Town” was written in 1934 and first performed on the Eddie Cantor radio show. It was an instant hit. Bruce Springsteen’s live version of the song has been a seasonal rock radio favorite. Bruce Springsteen and Bon Jovi collaborate in a live performance of the song for an Asbury Park, New Jersey reunion concert.