It is that time of year again, even though it feels like Christmas comes earlier each year, one part of Christmas people enjoy every year is the Christmas music. For some of us it is a part of our family traditions. We take time to stop listening to music that we normally listen to and put on probably the best music that we could listen to all year.
As a tradition, my family and I listen to Christmas music on the way to my grandparents’ house. Some of my favorites include “little drummer boy”, “silent night”, “carol of the bells”, and many more. But I always argue with my siblings about which song to keep on because they do not like all the Christmas songs whereas I could listen to it for hours. Some of the oldest and most popular songs include “The Christmas Song” (1944), “Winter Wonderland” (1934), “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” (1934), and “White Christmas” (1940) just to name a few. Pinnacle Media Worldwide did a survey on its listeners and separated them into music categories. Adult contemporary listeners like Brenda Lee’s “Rockin’ Around the Christmas tree” while adult top 40 enjoy Bobby Helms’ “Jingle Bell Rock.” Country listeners like Burl Ives “A Holly Jolly Christmas”, Hip-Hop/R&B listeners like the Jackson 5’s version of “Santa Claus is Coming to Town”, and Smooth Jazz like “The Christmas Song” by Nat King Cole.
For radio Christmas music has helped the radio station grow its listeners. There are 400 radio stations across the country that plays Christmas music around the clock. Most stations start playing Christmas music after Black Friday, but WLIT-FM in Chicago plays Christmas music throughout November. And now you can get Christmas music anywhere and anytime from satellite or internet radio stations and you can get any type of Christmas music. For example, soft Christmas music, pop Christmas music, or even country Christmas music that I am listening to now.
During the holiday season just remember that it is not just about the music, it is about spending time with loved ones. And one song I think everyone needs to hear is “Dominic the Donkey”, but far the most underrated Christmas song. Have a great holiday season everyone!
Paul Cammarata, Production Director