Top 10 Ukulele Christmas Songs
A Holiday Special
What’s a good Christmas without some merry music? In this Christmas special, we countdown the top 10 ukulele Christmas songs.
Christmas is the time of the year when friends and family come together to celebrate this important holiday. It is a time to share happiness and goodwill with those we love. Here at ukulele.io, we wish our members and the whole ukulele community a Merry Christmas with our most popular ukulele Christmas video tutorials.
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10. The Christmas Song
At number 10 is The Christmas Song. The Chrismas Song, better known as ‘Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire’ is a classic Christmas song. It was written in 1945 by Bob Wells and Mel Tormé. The ukulele version has a lot of chords, more fun for you!
9. We Wish You a Merry Christmas
Next up is We Wish You a Merry Christmas. This is a popular English Christmas Carol that has been around since the 16th century. This famous piece is almost known by everyone. It is one of the few Christmas carols that mention the new year, which comes a week after Christmas. Enjoy the tutorial below.
8. Oh Christmas Tree
At number 8 is the beautiful Oh Christmas Tree. This is actually a German folk song with the original title of “O Tannenbaum“. A Tannenbaum is a fir tree in German. You can listen to the bilingual performance of the first verse of O Tannenbaum here. Watch the ukulele tutorial below.
7. Jingle Bells
Yes, Jingle Bells just had to be on this list. Jingle Bells is not only one of the best known Christmas songs, it claims the distinction of being one of the most popular American songs of all time.It was originally intended for the Thanksgiving season and had no relation to Christmas. It became associated with Christmas after it was first performed on Washington Street in Boston in 1857.
6. Silver Bells
Silver Bells comes in at number 7. This popular Christmas song was composed by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans. The song was originally written for the movie “The Lemon Drop Kid” – which, though filmed in summer of 1950, was not released until March 1951.
Bing Crosby & Carol Richards’ version was issued to the public first on record. Enjoy the tutorial below.
5. Let it Snow
Next up, Let it Snow. The song was written by lyricist Sammy Cahn and composer Jule Styne in July 1945. It was written in Hollywood, California during a heat wave as Cahn and Styne imagined cooler conditions. Technically, Let it Snow is not a Christmas song since the song’s lyrics make no mention of Christmas. However, it is played on radio stations during the Christmas season and has become associated with the holiday over time. It is also often covered by various artists on Christmas-themed albums.
4. Silent Night
The beautiful Silent Night takes up position 4 on the top 10 list. It is one of the world’s most famous Christmas carols. The song’s lyrics were written by Joseph Mohr in 1816. He (Joseph) was from the small town of Oberndorf bei Salzburg, Austria. Franz Xaver Gruber composed a melody to fit the text in the schoolhouse of Arnsdorf, on Christmas Eve, 1818.
3. Winter Wonderland
Winter Wonderland takes the third position. This famous Christmas song was first published in 1934. The lyricist was Richard B. Smith and the composer was Felix Bernard. Through the decades it has been recorded by over 200 different artists. The lyrics of Winter Wonderland have undoubtedly contributed to the magical vision of snow at Christmas, together with the tradition of building snowmen to turn fantasy into reality by creating a real Winter Wonderland.
2. Feliz Navidad
Feliz Navidad cannot miss in any list of top 10 ukulele Christmas songs. It’s no surprise then that it comes at number 2 on our list. It is a bilingual Christmas song written in 1970 by Puerto Rican songwriter José Feliciano. The famous song comprises a simple English verse with a Spanish chorus, “Feliz Navidad, próspero año y Felicidad” that translates as “Merry Christmas, a prosperous year and happiness.”
1. Jingle Bell Rock
And the Grand Prize goes to Jingle Bell Rock. The song is considered the first mainstream rock ‘n’ roll Christmas song. It was released by Bobby Helms in 1957. It enjoys frequent airplay across the united states during the Christmas period. It has been covered by many artists including Hall & Oates, The Platters, 38 Special, and The Beach Boys. The sweet rock n roll tune makes this song a wonderful piece to play during the Christmas period. The tutorial below guides you on how to play Jingle Bell Rock.