Christmas music comprises a variety of genres of music normally performed or heard around the Christmas season. Music associated with Christmas may be purely instrumental, or in the case of many carols or songs may employ lyrics whose subject matter ranges from the nativity of Jesus Christ, to gift-giving and merrymaking, to cultural figures such as Santa Claus, among other topics. 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.
Popular Christmas music produced from after World War II until the present day has generally remained thematically, lyrically, and instrumentally similar to the songs produced in the early 20th century. The Great Depression era of the 1930s brought a stream of songs of often American origin were published, most of which did not explicitly reference the Christian nature of the holiday, but rather the more secular traditional Western themes and customs associated with Christmas. 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.
Label: Herb Alpert Presents HRB 010
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue, Remastered
Style: Latin Jazz
A1 Winter Wonderland
A2 Jingle Bells
A3 My Favorite Things
A4 The Christmas Song
A5 Las Mananitas
B1 Sleigh Ride
B2 The Bell That Couldn't Jingle
B3 Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow
B4 Jingle Bell Rock
B5 Jesu, Joy Of Man's Desiring