To celebrate Christmas, one thing that should not be avoided is to play Christmas songs. Yes, songs can make the atmosphere into a serene and machination. Of the many Christmas songs that exist, there are some songs are very popular all over the world.
The popularity of the song can come from the musicians who created it and from the sales of the album. Genre also vary, ranging from the traditional to the modern. Here's a list of 5 most hit Christmas songs to date.
White Christmas by Irving Berlin
White Christmas is one of the most Christmas songs sung by singers around the world. These songs by Irving Berlin, describes the atmosphere of a snowy Christmas in the northern hemisphere. Serene rhythm that would bring us to feel the atmosphere of peace and joy.
One of the most popular is White Christmas sung by Bing Crosby. Even managed to break the Guinness World record as the single with the highest sales of all time. Total sales of the song sung by the artist born in the United States reached 100 million copies worldwide. If every single song White Christmas sales combined total of all singers who sing the song in the world, the total sales reached 150 million copies worldwide.
In addition to Crosby, the other famous names also had to sing the song, among others, Elvis Presley, Bob Marley, Michael Bolton, Kenny G, Destiny Childs, Michael Bubble, Wetstlife, Taylor Swift, until the Lady Gaga. Even bands like Panic at the Disco also had to sing this song.
All I Want for Christmas is You by Mariah Carey
One Christmas song of top world-class singer, Mariah Carey, titled All I Want for Christmas is You are also very popular. Total sales of singles were written and produced by Carey in 1994 reached 14 million copies worldwide. Thanks to the sales record, this singer with a five-octave voice has received royalties of $ 50 million from the song.
The song tells the story of someone who did not care about the gift or Christmas lights, that she just wanted to meet with her lover. Throughout his career Carey often sang All I Want for Christmas is You. In 2010, Carey re-record this song for a second holiday album, Merry Christmas II You with title All I Want for Christmas Is You (Extra Festive), and collaborated with Justin Bieber. Some of the world's leading newspapers such as The New Yorker, The Daily Telegraph, to Rolling Stone praised the song, and the song named as the most popular Christmas-themed songs.
Do They Know It's Christmas by Band Aid
According to The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), the song Do They Know It's Christmas sung by Band Aid, was ranked first as the 25 most popular Christmas-themed songs. Songs by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure in 1984, is intended as a violent reaction to a television report on the famine in Ethiopia in 1983-1985.
The song was released on December 3, 1984 it became the only song the fastest selling in the UK. In the first week, total sales reached 1 million copies. And recorded 3 million copies were sold out at the end of 1984. In fact, the song was a positive response worldwide. In 1989, there were 11.7 million copies sold worldwide.
Interestingly, thanks to the popularity of this song, the world community began to be aware and concerned with the famine in Ethiopia. Until, many charity programs organized by the world society to help Ethiopia.
Band Aid is a supergroup that collaborate famous names in the music world. Among them is George Michael from (Wham!), Sting (The Police), Bono and Adam Clayton (U2), and Sir James Paul McCartney.
Do You Want to Build a Snowman? by Disney (Kristen Bell, Agatha Lee Monn, and Katie Lopez)
For fans of Disney certainly no stranger to the song Do You Want to Build a Snowman? The soundtrack of the film Frozen, sales exploded in the market. The song was also one of the Christmas-themed songs with remarkable sales.
On 25 November 2016, the song released in 2013, it awarded as the second most sales for digital single in America. its total sales reached 1.6 million digital downloads. The award was given by Nielsen Soundcard. The song was not only in English, but also has been translated into several languages, such as Japanese (Yukidaruma tsukuro), Korean etc.
Last Christmas by Wham!
The popularity of the song Last Christmas is not in doubt. Song by Wham! still exist to this day. Until June 2016, recorded sales reached 1.8 million copies in the UK. Even in Japan, the song that was created in 1984, the sales figures exceeded 600 thousand copies. Neilson Soundcard also placed in the top 10 list, the best-selling digital single Christmas holiday, which reached sales of 751 thousand downloads.
The song was one step from Wham! in showing their concern about the Ethiopian famine ravaged at that time. This British Group contributed a large portion of the royalties they get to the people who are experiencing hunger in Ethiopia. That song also has several times in the reissue, in 1985, 1991 and 2007.