A Christmas Song is a song that is generally sung during the Christmas season or in the lead up to it. The lyrical content is usually about the Christmas festival or the winter season. Christmas songs differ from Christmas carols, as they are not religious or traditional in nature. Many songs are typically about Christmas but as they are not overtly religious, they are classified as Christmas songs. Notable examples would be White Christmas and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, which have gone on to become perennial favorites.
Some secular songs are regarded as "Christmas" songs due to the time of year they are sung, despite never mentioning anything about Christmas or even about Santa Claus. Traditional songs like the very popular “Winter Wonderland” are included in this category. Since these songs do not have any religious significance as such, they fall into the generic ‘winter holiday' classification. However, over the years they have come to be associated with Christmas and that fact remains!
Most of the songs that are hyped up during the Christmas season have very little to do with Christmas. The contest for the Christmas number one single is huge, record companies compete usually with a Christmas related song. If you have seen the movie “Love Actually”, you will remember how this fact is parodied when an artist does a cover version of a song adding to it a few Christmas twists, all the while calling it ‘rubbish'.
Christmas songs are also parodies on a regular basis, and they have gained such immense popularity that they are now called novelty songs."The Chipmunk Song", by Alvin and the Chipmunks, or "Christmas at Ground Zero" and "The Night Santa Went Crazy", both by "Weird Al" Yankovic are examples of such novelty songs. They are rather popular and humorous.
Here are some interesting facts about the most popular Christmas songs ever, as well as their lyrics. So rock on this season. Have a very merry Christmas!