Listening to Christmas music can instantly put you in a good mood, filled with the spirit of the season. Many of the songs have been sung for hundreds of years, originating in European churches and spreading through homes around the world. Today holiday music spans every genre, having morphed from religious and traditional songs to country, pop, and even rap. Christmas songs are sung in many languages from German and English to Chinese and Japanese. Our mission at ChristmasSongs.org is to provide you with the best selection of playlists, top international and contemporary songs, and midi files and lyrics for Christmas karaoke.
Christmas Music Playlists⇒ Traditional
We guarantee you'll love our playlists. No matter your taste in music, we've got the perfect playlist for you, from traditional and modern to romantic and funny. Everything from Nat King Cole and Bing Crosby to Snoop Dogg and Britney Spears. We'll let you know what songs you can't be without, which artists have done the best renditions of classic songs, and help you pick the best songs for children of any age.
International Songs⇒ Spanish
Although American songs are popular all over the world, Christmas music didn't originate in the US. The oldest music can be found in the Germany, France, and Italy, much of it originally sung in latin. We'll give you a sample of the most well known songs in spanish, german, french, and italian, along with samples of lyrics and translations.
Contemporary Songs⇒ Jazz
Only holiday music has been sung in so many languages around the world, and played in every musical genre you can imagine. Modern musicians record their own versions of popular Christmas songs, making them even more popular. This includes jazz, country, pop, and yes...even rap. Whatever your taste, you'll find great tunes and albums you'll be happy to play and sing along with.
The History of Christmas Music
Christmas music originated just a few hundred years after the birth of Christ, and at that time it was exclusively religious, sung as latin hymns in Rome. Around 1000 AD they made their way into Germany and France, catching on like wild fire. But it wasn't until the 1200's that Christmas songs were created in languages other than latin. In fact, English language Christmas music didn't appear until the 1400's in the UK. The first non-latin songs were sung in Italy, Germany, and France.
While many people don't realize it, a significant number of the most popular tunes today originated in the last hundred years and actually don't have anything to do with Christmas. Songs like Jingle Bells, Winter Wonderland, and Baby It's Cold Outside don't mention Christmas at all, and were made to be regular popular music!
Did You Know?
In which country is holiday music played more than any other? As unexpected as it may be, it's the Philippines. In the Philippines Christmas songs are played everywhere beginning on September 1st, the start of what they refer to as the "Ber Months". It's a unique practice in the Asian country with the largest percentage of Christians. The Filipino holiday season is the longest in the world, lasting 1/3rd of every year! So if you love seasonal music and just can't get enough, you'll surely love visiting the Philippines during the Ber Months.