Christmas music comprises several genres of music on a number of of topics, religious and otherwise, regularly performed or heard around the Christmas season. Christmas carols remain a large part of the popular Christmas song canon, with numerous titles being added in the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s in the United States. Subject matter ranges from the nativity of Jesus Christ, to gift-giving and merrymaking, to mythical figures surrounding the holidays such as Santa Claus and his elves. Many songs simply have a winter or seasonal theme, or have been adopted into the canon for other reasons.
Each year, it begins receiving airplay as early as mid-November, and limps its way to New Year's Day, never to be heard from again until next year's 47-day cycle. And yet, despite its limited shelf life, Christmas is quite possibly the oldest form of pop music we know. From the 19th Century boom of carols to the rise of the pop song in the 1930s, a lot of the staples we know by heart are actually pretty ancient.
These included songs aimed at children such as "Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town" and "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer", as well as sentimental ballad-type songs performed by famous crooners of the era, such as "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" and "White Christmas", the latter of which remains the best-selling single of all time as of 2018. Throwing on Michael Buble’s Christmas album during a dinner party anytime during the month of December can really set the mood for a festive evening. It’s even great to accompany a morning run in the snow (if you’re into that) or baking cookies for Santa.
Performances of Christmas music at public concerts, in churches, at shopping malls, on city streets, and in private gatherings is an integral staple of the Christmas holiday in many cultures across the world. Radio stations often convert to a 24-7 Christmas music format leading up to or during the holidays, starting sometimes before Thanksgiving in the United States – as part of a phenomenon known as "Christmas creep".
Whether it be traditional, classical, religious, pop, modern, even or jazz there is a fascinating adaption to most Christmas songs to please anyone’s ear. Celebrating the Christmas spirit in December has got to be the most magical time of the year, so why not carry on all that Christmas cheer throughout the year? We have created a special list of Christmas radio stations to get you into Christmas moods. Check out now.