Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Top 5 Popular U.S. Non-English Christmas Songs

Christmas is huge all over the world, and especially in the United States.  And in this great melting pot, people have turned to a variety of cultures and languages to bring them holiday cheer.  So whether you sing in Spanish or Swahili, and celebrate the birth of Jesus, the commercial holiday Xmas, or a Festivus for the rest of us, join us in singing these non-English American favorites!

5: Donde Esta Santa Claus? (Augie Rios, 1958) - "Mommy, where is Santa Claus?"  "In your imagination, honey.  In your imagination..."  Or it might translate to something else.

4: Buon Natale (Means Merry Christmas to You) (covered by Nat King Cole, Dean Martin,  and Gene Autry, 1960's) - They have Christmas in Italy?  Well, the Pope lives there, so yeah.

3: Mele Kalikimaka (The Hawaiian Christmas Song) - (famously, Bring Crosby and the Andrews Sisters, 1950) - People of a certain age picture Bing Crosby when this song comes on.  People of a different age hear Bing, but remember Christmas Vacation and picture a girl by a swimming pool with a tight bathing suit (Nicolette Scorsese)...  Or Chevy Chase.

2: Feliz Navidad (Jose Feliciano, 1970) - People go batty for this upbeat anthem wishing you a Merry Christmas and a prosperous and happy new year.

1: Adeste Fideles (Bing Crosby, c.1940's) - This hymnal tune may date back to the 13th Century, but nobody sings it like Bing.

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6 comments:

  1. Only one I've ever heard, and I hear it ALOT is #2. Played in lots of stores and such.

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  2. Jose Feliciano is the clear number one for me. A modern classic... And from a musician that's been blind from birth. Take that, Crosby!

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  3. Immensely popular, though truth be told, I am not a fan.

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  4. Fair enough, but Adeste Fideles has existed for centuries, so it needs some credit for standing the test of time so well.

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  5. this is my time of year,I love the Christmas songs which are English as we as non English.

    http://ergode.com/christmas/christmas-music

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  6. Couldn't agree more, man. Is ergode.com your site? If so, how about linking to us form there? Have a look in particular at this post of ours for classic, English Christmas songs: http://kooztop5.blogspot.com/2012/12/top-5-best-classic-christmas-songs.html

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