“It’s the most wonderful time of the year!” Yes, folks, 2011 is rapidly coming to a close and bringing with it, the holiday rush. Stores everywhere are gearing up for Christmas. Television is full of commercials showing holiday specials- and we haven’t even gotten through Thanksgiving yet!
Every year, we find ourselves in a mad rush trying to get all the cards mailed and presents bought and wrapped. We sometimes wonder what happened to the Christmas spirit? This is the beauty that Christmas music offers. No matter how stressed we are, just hearing those familiar tunes can bring back nostalgic memories for most of us.
Though some songs are best known right here in the United States, there are some international staples that are well known and loved. Many have been covered by every music genre imaginable- country, gospel and even rock and roll! No matter who your favorite artist is, you’re sure to see at least one of the following on one of their albums. Here, I’ve compiled a list of the most loved Christmas songs around the world.
Top 10 International Christmas Songs
“All I Want For Christmas Is You”
If this song doesn’t spell love, I’m not sure what does. Every single one of us would love to have someone dedicate this to us, just admit it!
“Do They Know It’s Christmas”
Every 80′s child remembers this one well. We’ll never forget Sting, Bono, and George Michael in that video, either. No other song ever brought as much attention to hunger around the world as this one.
Ah, George Michael. There’s nothing like telling someone they’ve lost you for good. Say it in a song- better yet, in a Christmas song!
“Please Come Home For Christmas”
This one is sure to be a popular this year. With the President’s announcement of recalling all of the Afghanistan-stationed troops back home, this song will be well played and appreciated.
One of the classics, and most of us will always see Elvis’s face when we hear this one.
“Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas”
I, personally, have many memories of decorating our tree to this ditty.
This song says it all. From shopping, to children and Santa, it covers everything Christmas related with its wonderful lyrics.
The ultimate ‘wish you well’ holiday jingle. Enough said.
“Let It Snow”
Kids all around the world long for snowflakes to play in- unless they’ve grown up with it, and don’t know what it’s like not to have it. Yes, I’m still bitter about never having a “White Christmas” of my own!
You may not know what you are saying, but I can bet you know all of the words!
This Christmas season when you’re out battling the crowds through rain, snow, slush or ice, I hope some of these songs can keep you smiling- even when some evil person took the last of the specific toy you’ve been searching for all over town.
Author Mary Thomas is an avid traveler who has experienced the holidays in many areas of the world.
Christmas Songs website is Mary’s favorite source for all the most popular Christmas song lyrics and traditional hymns.