The time has come to publish a list of easy songs to sing for Christmas.
Everyone loves to listen to the joyful messages of Christmas songs – travelling home for the holidays and spending time with friends and family, kissing under the mistletoe, or walking and laughing on snow covered streets.
This time of the year is also a great time for singing!
Many of us go carolling during the holiday season.
Some people perform at Christmas and holiday concerts sharing the cheer.
Others like to sing a song on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day together with their family and friends.
Some even organize a Christmas karaoke gathering (yes, that’s me!)
There are countless well-known Christmas songs following you everywhere you go.
Many radio stations play them at this time of the year. Some radio stations start playing them in mid-November! Although I love Christmas songs, I think that is waaay too early!
Stores and malls play them while you shop and restaurants play them while you eat.
But which songs can win your audience and are relatively easy to sing at the same time?
Every year, I go to Christmas school concerts.
All of the performances are cute, especially when you are a parent watching your child sing with full force on the stage.
It does not matter if he or she sings in tune or remembers all of the words – parents are a proud bunch.
However, sometimes I question the choice of songs picked by school teachers.
It seems like the traditional Christmas songs are overshadowed by current popular songs. But this approach may not be appropriate for the level of singing skills of young kids.
Do the teachers know that singing “Let It Go” is much harder than singing “Jingle Bells”?
A song with a wide range, difficult lyrics or complicated rhythm performed by children will “sound cute” for the involved parents but unmemorable (to say the least) for the rest of the audience.
On the other hand, a simple song with a few lyrics and easy rhythm can make the audience clap or sing along.
Sometimes, less is more, especially if you are aiming for an applauding and spirited reaction from the audience.
Think about this aspect when choosing your next Christmas song to sing.
Another aspect to consider is the feel of a song.
There are funny and lighthearted Christmas songs that can make you giggle the first time you hear them but make you cringe when you hear them more than three time.
“Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer” is an example of this type of songs.
(My son has chosen this song to practice last year and let me tell you – it was painful to listen to it over and over again as he practiced).
Then, there are songs that are so overplayed by every radio station that hearing it one more time also feels painful.
Unfortunately “Let it Go” or “Last Christmas” belong to this category.
These are great songs but hearing them several times in the span of a day is a little bit too much.
Also many new pop songs with a Christmas theme just don’t do it for me. I am sure you have heard some examples that make you turn the radio off.
That brings us to classical tunes that do not bore or irritate.
Everyone has a few songs that make their top list.
Before putting this blog post together, I asked the followers of my Facebook page for help.
I asked them to name their most favourite Christmas song: “If you were asked to perform ONE song at a Christmas concert, which one would it be and why?”
Everyone had a hard time picking just one. I had a hard time picking just ten!
What would be your choice and why?
Here are some other aspects to consider when selecting a song:
I would go for a well-known tune that everyone knows and can relate to.
The range of a song.
Choose a song that is within your vocal range, preferably within your comfortable range or preferred register.
Accompaniment that plays the lead melody is easier for beginners.
Choose a song that is easy to remember and does not require too much interpretation.
A simple rhythm will do the trick for a Christmas song.
To read more about how to choose an appropriate song for your voice, visit this blog post.
My Top 10 Easy Christmas Songs to Sing
Here is my top 10 list of easy songs to sing during this holiday season!
I hope you find that some of these songs will make you and your audience happy.
(You can click on the links to go to the iTunes store to listen to the preview of the song.)
The first song on my list is a song with a lovely melody that was originally written in 1965 for a TV special “A Charlie Brown Christmas”.
Who does not know awkward Charlie Brown? I always liked this gentle and sweet tune. You will never get bored by this song.
This energetic and fast-paced song was originally recorded by Brenda Lee in 1958.
It did not become an instant hit. Instead it became popular a few years later. Since then, many artists recorded a cover version of this song. If you want to get your listeners out of their chairs, this is a song for you.
This is a true classic by Irvin Berlin.
According to Wikipedia the version sung by Bing Crosby is the best-selling single of all time, with estimated sales in excess of 50 million copies worldwide.
This song has been covered by many artists, including Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, Ella Fitzgerald, The Beach Boys, Bob Marley, Neil Diamond and many more.
Join these performers and choose “White Christmas” for this year’s celebrations. You cannot go wrong.
The song “Silver Bells” was first performed in a movie in 1950.
It became popular after it was recorded by Bing Crosby and Carol Richards later in that year.
The song describes the atmosphere of the Christmas season.
I love this song and your audience will love it too.
Did you know that this song was written on a sweltering summer day?
The opening lyrics set the right mood for the winter season with “Chestnuts roasting on an open fire, Jack Frost nipping at your nose…”
The Nat King Cole Trio recorded this song in 1946 and it became an instant hit. It is not surprising that “The Christmas Song” has been covered by numerous artists from a wide variety of genres.
It’s a great song to perform.
This song may not be the most played song but I hope it will become one of your favourites.
Chris Rea wrote this song long before he recorded it on 1968. He reportedly said that the inspiration came when driving to his home from London and getting stuck in the holiday traffic.
I can definitely relate and therefore love this song for its lyrics as well as melody.
This song, also known as Happy Xmas (War is Over) was written by John Lennon and Yoko Ono in 1971.
This song is a result of Lennon’s peace activism. The song has a simple melody with a message of peace and optimism. Since its release, it became a holiday favourite and many artists have recorded a cover version.
Winter Wonderland is probably the oldest song on my list.
It was written in 1934 but since then, it has been recorded by over 200 different artists.
The lyrics never mention the Christmas holiday but somehow the song is considered one of the most popular Christmas songs.
You are probably familiar with the Eurythmics’ cover version because it is most frequently played.
This traditional song was first sung by Judy Garland in a musical. Later, it was recorded by Frank Sinatra.
Did you know that this song has a Swedish and Italian version?
The melody is beautiful and the lyrics are joyful and merry.
According to Wikipedia, it is the third most performed Christmas song.
Of course it has been recorded by many different artists.
I like the version sung by Sam Smith.
Let’s finish my list with a song that may not be as popular as the previous nine songs.
Pipes of Peace by Paul McCartney was released in 1983, long after the Beatles split up. It has a great message and wonderful melody.
It may not be the most “Christmasy” song but it will definitely delight.
Link: Pipes of Peace – Paul McCartney
This concludes my list of top 10 Easy Christmas songs to sing.
I hope you found one that will bring cheer and happiness to you and your listeners.
Merry Christmas and happy singing!
Here is the next step:
I hope that one of these easy Christmas songs to sing is a good fit for you.
Now, if you are looking for more easy songs to sing, you can visit my popular page with Easy Songs to Sing for Beginners.
There you will find more inspiration to sing throughout the year.
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