It’s no secret that there are certain Christmas songs that make us feel even more festive when we hear them during the Christmas season. In spite of the fact that they might not be everyone’s cup of tea, they are definitely a favorite. The fact that you enjoy a festive tune does not necessarily mean that it has been a success. It is no secret that the following tracks have been huge commercial successes, and as a result, they have become some of the most popular Christmas songs of all time.
Christmas songs are only allowed to be played for a few selected weeks of the year. If you are someone who loves them or someone who gets sick of them within the first couple of days, it is hard to avoid them between November and late December regardless of how much you dislike them. In spite of that, some of these songs become instant hits and become Christmas classics over time as they grow in popularity. This list of classics is not just one of the best-selling ones of all time, but it is also one of the most popular.
The Best-Selling Christmas Songs Of All Time
Take a look at this list and let me know if you are surprised by anything on it! It’s important to keep in mind that the number one single of all time – let alone before Christmas – is actually the best-selling single of all time! The following is the top ten list of Top 5 that can be found on the website.
10. Mary’s Boy Child – Harry Belafonte
Possibly even more popular today than the Boney M cover that came out over 20 years later, Mary’s Boy Child is at number 10 on the list of top songs of all time. After its cover was released in the 1950s, Belafonte’s version of the song was the first to reach number 1 twice after its debut on the charts in the early 1960s.
9. Last Christmas – Wham!
As of late, anyone who plays Whamageddon has been running full pelt away from any radio station playing this Christmas banger since it first came out a few years ago. Don’t worry, reading about the song won’t count towards your score! There is no denying that this is one of the most beloved Christmas tunes ever, but it didn’t actually reach number one when it was first released! In 1984, Last Christmas was beaten by Band Aid in the race for the best holiday song. This resulted in it becoming the second best-selling song of all time as a result.
8. The Christmas Song – Nat King Cole
You probably know this song better as Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire, a Christmas carol that has been covered by a lot of artists over the years since it was released. As a matter of fact, Nat King Cole’s version of the song is still the most popular and has been certified platinum six times over in the past six years.
7. The Little Drummer Boy – The Harry Simeone Choral
It’s another classic Christmas song that can be found on all the Christmas song compilation albums that you can purchase. This song was also made popular by David Bowie and Bing Crosby, combining it with Peace on Earth in 1977, resulting in a very popular version.
6. Mistletoe – Justin Bieber
In comparison to all the other songs on the chart, this is a relatively new hit, but with a fanbase like the Beliebers, it shouldn’t be a surprise that it was very successful. There is a song called Under The Mistletoe by Justin Bieber that was released as part of his Christmas album in 2011. There is actually something quite alarming about the fact that it has now been over 10 years old.
5. Silent Night – Bing Crosby
With his name already appearing on this list, there is no doubt that it will not be the last time that his name appears on this list. In spite of the fact that the Christmas carol wasn’t originated by Bing Crosby or anyone in the White Christmas movie, it has become one of the most popular versions of the song to date.
It is now a public domain song, meaning that anybody can use it or record their own version of the song, which was written in 1818. With several talented vocalists who put their own stamp on the carol over the years, Bing Crosby wasn’t the first, and he certainly wasn’t the last to do so.
4. Do They Know It’s Christmas? – Band Aid
It’s that song that beats Last Christmas every single time! As long as it was for a good cause, and George Michael features on the record anyway, then it was a win-win situation for him. I wrote the song as a way to help those suffering from the famine in Ethiopia, and it was quite a spur-of-the-moment project to help those in need.
Despite the fact that the song was created to raise money back in 1984, it is still played multiple times every Christmas season regardless of the fact that it was made for fundraisers.
3. Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer – Gene Autry
You definitely missed out on this song if you did not sing it every year at school as a child. This is a true classic that is bound to be covered endlessly in the years to come. Originally, the song was written as part of a promotional giveaway for a department store that took place in 1939. In addition to the video, the company wanted a song to go along with it, and here we are today with our result!
This song has sold over 25 million copies and has taught every child that bullying, particularly the bullying of cute reindeer, is not a part of the festive season.
This is a beautiful young woman sitting at home at Christmas time, listening to music on her headset, singing and dancing to the music.
2. All I Want For Christmas Is You – Mariah Carey
There was always going to be a Christmas song that would be on the list of the best-selling Christmas songs, wasn’t there? Mariah Carey came in second, reaching notes that we can only dream of when it comes to singing. In my opinion, it is one of the all-time greats and it always breaks streaming records once November rolls around. Mariah knows that All I Want For Christmas Is You is what she is known for right now, and she is proud of it.
I think it’s quite surprising that it didn’t make number one in the UK, but it still manages to chart every year during the Christmas season, even though it doesn’t make the top spot on that list.
1. White Christmas – Bing Crosby
It was our promise that he would be back! With the best-selling Christmas song of all time, Bing Crosby is considered to be the King of Christmas songs. Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without the 1947 version as it is beloved by all and it wouldn’t be Christmas without it. Not only is it the best Christmas song of all time, but it is also the biggest-selling song in the Guinness Book Of World Records’ list of all-time best-sellers!
I would love to see this dream of a white Christmas become a reality if only we could somehow make that a reality…