As soon as Sinterklaas has left for Spain again, there is Christmas singing everywhere. On the radio, in the department stores, it does not matter where you come, everywhere you hear Christmas bells ringing. Every year there are new Christmas numbers and everyone hopes to be the Christmas hit of the year. Because if you can conquer the world with your Christmas hit, then you have your sheep drying, because that will be cashing for years!
Through the course of the years, a lot of Christmas breakers have already been written. You hear them coming back every year. You probably know the most famous songs of Wham and Mariah Carey. But there are of course many more. Of course, success once does not mean eternal fame. Times change and what was fine years ago, can suddenly be quite wrong in the present. For example, Baby, It's Cold Outside. In 1944 when the song was made, there was nothing wrong with it. It has been in the Christmas mill for years. Until this year. The hit from 1944 is now blocked by a radio station in Ohio. The text - partly due to the Metoo movement - would be too 'manipulative and sexist'. Of course you can find something of this.
What makes a song a true Christmas topper? Because a real Christmas hit, comes back every year and can become a real gold mine!
There must at least be some ingredients in it. For example, think about the right atmosphere. Which image does the song conjure up with you? If you feel like you are in Winter Wonderland at the first images, then you are absolutely on the right track. Add some extra Christmas sounds, like the bells of a horse sleigh and the first Christmas jitters come already. Think carefully about the text, because the listener must be able to feel involved. Good ingredients are always: love, cosiness, friendship and peace. Let the songs especially a sense of togetherness and conviviality. If you mix all of this with a delicious infectious melody line, then you have the Christmas hit for the next few years!
These 50 Christmas toppers were already ahead of you!
The top 50 best Christmas songs
21. Michael Bolton - Joy to the world
22. Adam Sandler - The Chanukah song
23. Leon Redbone and Dr. John - Frosty the snowman
24. Elvis Presley and Martina McBride - Blue Christmas
25. Sarah McLachlan - River
26. Josh Groban - It came upon a midnight clear
27. Spice Girls - Christmas wrapping
28. JoJo - Sleigh ride
29. Relient K - Angels we have heard on high
30. Carry Underwood - Do you hear what I hear?
31. Mariah Carey - Oh Santa!
32. Jonas Brothers - It's the most wonderful time of the year
33. Mel & Kim - Rockin 'around the Christmas tree
34. Christina Aguilera - Merry Christmas baby
35. Charlotte Church - What child is this
36. The Beach boys - Little Saint Nick
37. Billy Mack - Christmas is all around
38. Sarah McLachlan - O Little town of Bethlehem
39. Elvis Presley - Here comes Santa Claus
40. Jessica Simpson - Let it snow! Let it snow! Let it snow!
41. Boney M - Mary's Boy Child
42. Perry Como - It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas
43. James Taylor - Go tell it on the mountain
44. Johnny Mathis - When a child is born
45. Paul McCartney - Wonderful Christmas time
46. Slade - Merry Xmas everybody
47. Bette Milder - Mele Kalikimaka
48. Cliff Richard - Mistletoe and wine
49. Harry Belafonte - I heard the bells on Christmas day
50. New Kids on the block - Funky, funky Xmas