My opinion on the top 5 most famous Christmas songs
Everyone knows that one of the most important parts of Christmas is listening to Christmas music. For me, all the songs are extremely magical and perfect for the moment, but it is also obvious that we all have our favorites and at least our top threes.
According to analytics of over 1,200 Spotify playlists, each one featuring over 110,000 songs, in the United States, the top five Christmas songs in Spotify are:
"All I Want for Christmas is You" by Mariah Carey
"Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree" by Brenda Lee
"It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year" by Andy Williams
"Last Christmas" by Wham
"Jingle Bell Rock" by Bobby Helms
Let's start with the first one. "All I Want for Christmas is You" is a classic; no wonder why it is the top 1 Christmas song in the American Spotify. Other than her being the top one, singer Mariah Carrey also occupies position number 18 with the song "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)". Now, let's get back to the top one. For me, the best part of this song is the beginning, because in addition to the fact that it represents the "vibe" of Christmas, it can also be used as an alarm! Imagine how magical it would be to wake up with the sound of "All I Want for Christmas is You". Mariah Carey is a Christmas queen, and that’s because she nailed this song.
Now, moving on to the second song, "Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree". The internet is currently commenting that most people thought Brenda Lee was sixty or above when she sang this song, but only a few people knew she was only thirteen years old. For this song, my favorite part is also the start! On the United States Spotify, this is the second most listened Christmas song, but for a lot of people, it is their favorite. From my point of view, no other song can represent Christmas as much as this one, especially because it is in the voice of a thirteen year old and it carries that childish excitement we all feel toward the holidays.
For the top three, we have "It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year". Andy Williams has a whole Christmas songs album, but this is the most famous of all; other than this song, none of the other songs in this album are in the top 5 list of the Spotify in the United States. Andy Williams is the definition of the voice of Christmas; I picture his voice as how Santa Claus would sing.
In fourth place, there is "Last Christmas". Coincidentally, there are two Christmas songs with that same name,Ariana Grande's and Wham's--but the top 4 only has space for one song, but two singers! The top 4 is carried by Wham, which is a pop duo composed by George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley. Sadly, George Michael died of heart disease on December 25th, 2016, coincidentally. His real name was Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou, but George Michael was his artistic name. Back to the song, it is my Christmas' favorite. Mostly everyone knows this song, and they can't be blamed: this song is great. My favorite part of the song is "this year, to save me from tears, i'll give it to someone special". There is no specific reason why, but I think it is totally humanly possible for someone to spend all of their Christmas listening to this song over and over in a loop.
Last but not least, there is "Jingle Bell Rock". Anyone who ever watched Mean Girls probably knows this song from the iconic Christmas dance. Itssinger, Bobby Helms, sadly died in 1997 from emphysema and asthma. This was his most famous song, and this is not impressive based on how good and globally known this song is.
In conclusion, all of those five songs are very known and worldwide famous, for good reason.
Now, in my personal top three, there are:
"All I Want for Christmas is You"
“Jingle Bell Rock”
It is time to dust off the Christmas playlists and begin enjoying the holidays!