Christmas Song Madness: Crowning America's Favorite Christmas Song

UPDATE December 23: Winner crowned!

"Silent Night" cruised to victory in the final matchup, besting "Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer" by a 50 percent margin.

Congrats to users Allaman3, gardenmama, and jodyann07 whose prediction brackets came in first, second, and third respectively.

Thanks to everyone who voted. The next big question, of course, is which version of "Silent Night" do you love the most? Be sure to tell us about it in the comments.

UPDATE December 22: Final four ends and final matchup begins

The final four saw powerhouse songs get knocked out. "Silent Night" knocked out the classic ballad "White Christmas" and "Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer" bested Elvis Presley's "Blue Christmas."

UPDATE December 20: Round 4 Voting in Christmas Song Madness ends

Round 4 saw "Silent Night" knock out "O Holy Night" and "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" push "Let It Snow" out of contention, but it was "White Christmas" that saw the biggest win, besting "I'll Be Home For Christmas" with more than two-thirds of the vote. But that win won't be a shock for anyone who knows that Bing Crosby's "White Christmas" holds the title of best selling single record of all-time, according to Guinness World Records.

The tightest race came between anther Crosby hit, his "Little Drummer Boy/Peace On Earth" duet with David Bowie. That tune held a solid 14-point lead for most of round 4, but Elvis Presley's fans came out in full force in the final hours, and "Blue Christmas" ultimately overcame to win by a tiny 2 percent margin.

UPDATE December 18: Round 3 Voting in Christmas Song Madness ends

As three rounds of Christmas Song Madness ended we said goodbye to hits like "Joy To The World," "O, Come All Ye Faithful," and "All I Want For Christmas Is You."

"Frosty the Snowman" lost in the tightest race of round 3, only 200 votes behind "Let It Snow," which advanced to our "Elite Eight" round to go head-to-head with "Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer."

At this point in the tournament, we had some big names matching up, and the decisions were bound to get harder. Would the David Bowie and Bing Crosby version of "The Little Drummer Boy/Peace On Earth" beat Elvis Presley's classic "Blue Christmas"? And how will inspirational favorite "Silent Night" do when up against "O Holy Night"?

UPDATE December 16: Round 2 Voting in Christmas Song Madness ends

Round 2 saw Mariah Carey's 20-year-old modern classic "All I Want For Christmas Is You" get knocked off by Elvis Presley's version of "Blue Christmas" with Presley's 1957 hit knocking Carey's 1994 love song off 69.6 percent to 30.4 percent.

The tightest race of round 2 came between "Mary, Did You Know?" and "Feliz Navidad," with the former squeaking by the latter by fewer than 100 votes. The second closest race was won by "O, Come All Ye Faithful," which snagged 51.8 percent of the vote to knock out "The Little Drummer Boy." But at least one version of "The Little Drummer Boy" is still alive, as the David Bowie and Bing Crosby version of the song - mixed with "Peace On Earth" - managed to beat out the bluesy Christmas tune "Please Come Home For Christmas."

"Silent Night" continued its run as a fan favorite, moving onto round 3 with a 55-point win over "Angels We Have Heard On High," but the biggest blowout of round 2 went to "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer," which nabbed a massive 79-point margin of victory over "I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas." Sorry, hippos. Better luck next time.

UPDATE December 13: Round 1 Voting in Christmas Song Madness ends

Mariah Carey's 20-year-old modern classic "All I Want For Christmas Is You" carried her to victory with 68.4 percent of the vote against Paul McCartney's 1979 "Wonderful Christmastime" in round 1. Mariah will have her work cut out for her in round two. She'll square off against Elvis Presley's 1957 version of "Blue Christmas," which easily dispatched John Lennon's 1971 "Happy Christmas (War is Over)" in a landslide, claiming nearly 80 percent of the vote in a round one match-up.

Other notable outcomes in the first round included "Jingle Bells" narrowly falling to "Winter Wonderland," 51.1 percent to 48.9 percent. In the tightest first-round match-up, "Santa Baby" barely edged "The Chipmunk Song," 50.6 percent to 49.4 percent. And in the first round's most lopsided contest, "Silent Night," a heavy favorite to go all the way, clobbered "Once In Royal David's City," 92.8 percent to 7.2 percent.

Whether you're hearing them at the mall or on the radio, the holiday season means Christmas songs are wafting through your ears and getting stuck in your heads. We're getting into the spirit this year by bringing a little springtime tradition to the Christmas season with a March Madness style competition that pits Christmas songs against each other -- and you'll get to the decide the winner.

We've amassed a list of 64 of the most popular and fun Christmas songs, and we're putting them all head-to-head, round-by-round until we finally crown America's Favorite Christmas Song. Vote for your favorite songs in the bracket below, then come back to keep voting each day. Along the way, you'll learn interesting trivia about all the songs in the tournament. (Check out some fascinating tidbits just below the bracket.)

Did you know the original lyrics to 'O Holy Night,' were penned by Placide Cappeau de Roquemaure at the behest of a parish priest of southern France in 1847? Cappeau, a well-known one-handed businessman and poet, was either an 'avowed atheist' or a rare churchgoer -- depending on which account you believe -- but he's generally believed to be a casual Christian at best. Meanwhile, the man he commissioned to write the music for the beloved Christian carol, Adolphe Charles Adams, was Jewish. (Look below the bracket for the rest of the story.)

When the church made this discovery, leaders weren't pleased. As Ace Collins explains in his book, 'Stories Behind the Best-Loved Songs of Christmas' eventually church leaders became so concerned about the "total absence of the spirit of religion" that they tried to ban the hymn, but the French people already loved it and wouldn't stop singing the song.

That's far from the only amazing fact about a Christmas carol. "White Christmas" is the best-selling single of all time, according to Guinness World Records. 'The Christmas Song' -- or 'Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire' as most probably remember it -- was purportedly written during a heat wave by a lyricist trying to conjure up thoughts of cooler weather.

Which tune will claim the championship title of Best Christmas Song? Only you and your fellow voters can decide, but the AOL editors went on the record with their predictions about which song will come out on top -- and we definitely don't all agree.

We also had more songs we loved that we just couldn't squeeze into the 64-song bracket. You can check out our 'honorable mentions' here.

Find a song in the bracket you don't know or recognize? Be a well-informed voter by listing to every tune! We've put together slideshows with popular versions of each song for your listening pleasure.

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2012 Christmas Devotional The choir and congregation sing "Silent Night."
Once in Royal David's City. Choir and congregation The words by Mrs C F Alexander come from a set of 'Hymns for Little Children' (1824). The tune 'Irby' was written as a Christmas carol by Henry John Gauntlett and published in 1849. Gauntlett became organist at the age of 10 in the church where his father was the vicar, but went on to work as a lawyer for 15 years before becoming a professional musician who wrote over 1,000 hymn tunes. The descant is by Stephen Cleobury. Utterly inspirational: An interview with the terminally ill music prodigy risking his life for one last carol concert On one level, the exchange is typical of the kind you'd expect between a mother and her ­student son. Alex Stobbs — dressed in odd socks and refusing to use the hairbrush his mum has run to fetch — is rolling his eyes, implying there is some maternal ­exaggeration at play. His mother, in turn, is trying to tell the story of the day she let herself into his university room, to be confronted by 'an almighty mess'. Were they talking about the normal detritus of ­student life — mouldy clothes mountains, empty beer bottles, forgotten pizza boxes — it would be funny. But they are not. For what Suzanne Stobbs came across that day — with apologies here to the squeamish — was a bucket full of her son's blood. 'I knew what it meant, of course,' she says, putting a hand up to stop his protests. 'He'd been coughing up blood, and lots of it, too. It had happened in the night, when he was alone. What shocked even me was that he'd got up in the morning and gone off to choir rehearsal without a word to anyone. 'That is Alexander all over. I gave him grief. I said: "For goodness sake, Alexander, what is a phone for?" It happened again, the following night. That one was a blue light affair, with him being rushed to hospital in an ambulance.' There is no need to ask how many times Suzanne Stobbs has made her own frantic way to a hospital in the early hours to be at her youngest child's side. She would have lost count many years ago. Two decades have passed since a doctor sat her down and told her that her newborn baby had a congenital condition called cystic fibrosis. Some children born with CF, as it has long been abbreviated in this house, make it to adulthood; some do not. The unpredictability of the ­condition — and Alex, 20, has a virulent form which is systematically ­destroying his lungs, bones and digestive ­system — makes it particularly cruel for parents. When Alex was nine, Suzanne was told to prepare for the worst. At 13, ditto. That Alex is alive today is down to a daily drug-and-treatment regime that would surely have had his mother running from the room all those years ago. 'It's probably best that you learn it all gradually,' she admits, explaining about the 50 tablets a day, the daily physio sessions, the oxygen cylinders and the high-calorie food ­supplements that are administered intravenously while her son sleeps. She says things like 'life has to go on' when talking about how you ­juggle a terminal illness of one child with the demands of three healthy children, as she has done. But she admits she still refuses to travel abroad, 'just in case'. And yet what makes Alex's story so astonishing is that not only has he endured his illness with fortitude, but that he has ­overcome its immense hurdles to emerge as one of the ­greatest musical prodigies of his generation. You may have heard about Alex ­Stobbs. Two years ago, a ­documentary was made about his extraordinary life. A Boy Called Alex followed him as a student at Eton College, ­examining how someone with a life-threatening illness could defy all the odds to ­conduct the notoriously ­difficult Bach Magnificat.
Buon Natale! Merry Christmas! Joyeux Noël! Feliz Navidad! Frohe Weihnachten!
Celtic Woman with a great Christmas video & song "Ding Dong Merrily On High",singing are the beautiful Chloe (in Pink),Orla (in Blue),Lisa (in Yellow) & Meav (in Purple) & the lovely Mairead (in I want to say Blueish Purple) playing violin. Definitely a great DVD & concert to have and watch over and over especially on Holidays! Buy the album from Amazon - or buy it from iTunes - Buy the DVD from Amazon - or buy it from iTunes -
Listen to King's College Choir, free, on their website: A carol for Epiphany, The choir of Kings College, Cambridge sing We Three Kings Of Orient Are during Carols From Kings 2009. We three kings of Orient are Bearing gifts we traverse afar Field and fountain, moor and mountain Following yonder star O Star of wonder, star of night Star with royal beauty bright Westward leading, still proceeding Guide us to thy Perfect Light Born a King on Bethlehem's plain Gold I bring to crown Him again King forever, ceasing never Over us all to rein O Star of wonder, star of night Star with royal beauty bright Westward leading, still proceeding Guide us to Thy perfect light Frankincense to offer have I Incense owns a Deity nigh Pray'r and praising, all men raising Worship Him, God most high O Star of wonder, star of night Star with royal beauty bright Westward leading, still proceeding Guide us to Thy perfect light Myrrh is mine, its bitter perfume Breathes of life of gathering gloom Sorrowing, sighing, bleeding, dying Sealed in the stone-cold tomb O Star of wonder, star of night Star with royal beauty bright Westward leading, still proceeding Guide us to Thy perfect light Glorious now behold Him arise, King and God and sacrifice, Heaven sings, "Hallelujah!" Hallejujah!" Earth replies. O Star of wonder, star of night Star with royal beauty bright Westward leading, still proceeding Guide us to Thy perfect light
Let the boys of the world play their drums for their Lord Jesus. A presentation of Samuel Godfrey George
Download this song: Pre-order my new album Shatter Me on iTunes: or on Pledge Music: Get the sheet music: Follow me in all these cool places ;) Mobile App: Merchandise: Tour dates/tickets: Tour Facebook app: Check out my "Behind the Scenes" channel: Sign up for my super-cool newsletter here ;)
Hey guys, I was watching my video and thought well it doesn't sound as good as the file I have so I thought I better use this file instead. 3 million views on the other? Yeah this was worth it. So enjoy your present - Good Quality Carol of the Bells. Merry Christmas to all :)
Hark the Herald Angel Sing - St.Paul's Cathedral - London (UK)
A few years ago I recorded and mixed Hall & Oates performing songs from their Christmas album for the TV show "Extra" in Hollywood. It was awesome! A big band and great musicians. For more info on my recording/mixing adventures in LA subscribe to my channel.
Montage of beautiful christmas pictures to the song 'god rest ye merry gentlemen sung by the choirs of Bath and Winchester catherals....
Worship Video
Album: The Gift (2010)
This is The First Noel as performed by Josh Groban and Faith Hill on the album Noel. As always, comments are welcome and encouraged.

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Traditional Tunes Christmas Songs
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Andy Williams - It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year It's the most wonderful time of the year With the kids jingle belling And everyone telling you "Be of good cheer" It's the most wonderful time of the year It's the hap-happiest season of all With those holiday greetings and gay happy meetings When friends come to call It's the hap- happiest season of all There'll be parties for hosting Marshmallows for toasting And caroling out in the snow There'll be scary ghost stories And tales of the glories of Christmases long, long ago
First performed by Bob Hope and Marilyn Maxwell in the 1950 film "The Lemon Drop Kid" released in 1951. The first recorded version was by Bing Crosby and Carol Richards in 1950.
I Don't Own The Music Or The Words It's Own By Whitney Houston
Another one of My Favorites...
Johnny Cash I'll Be Home for Christmas appears on the album Country Christmas.
Music video by Justin Bieber performing The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire) (Audio). ©: The Island Def Jam Music Group
For educational purposes only and no copyright infringement intended. About the artist: Aretha Louise Franklin (born March 25, 1942) is an American musician, singer, songwriter, and pianist. In a recording career that has spanned over half a century, Franklin's repertoire has included gospel, jazz, blues, R&B, pop, rock and funk. Franklin is known as one of the most important popularizers of the soul music genre and is referred to as the Queen of Soul, a title she was given early in her career. Franklin, the daughter of prominent Baptist minister and activist C. L. Franklin, began her singing career singing in her father's church at the age of ten and started recording four years later. After several years in the gospel circuit and with her father's blessing, she formed a secular pop music career at the age of eighteen, signing with Columbia Records, where she was branded by its CEO John Hammond as his most important act since Billie Holiday. Franklin's Columbia period wasn't as successful as hoped and in late 1966, Franklin switched over to Atlantic Records, where she began recording a string of popular hits including "I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)", "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman", "Think", "Chain of Fools" and what later became her signature song, "Respect". Rolling Stone magazine ranked her atop its "100 Greatest Singers of All Time" list, as well as the ninth greatest artist of all time. She has won a total of 20 career Grammy Awards, including two honorary Grammys, and she has sold more than 75 million records worldwide. In 1987, Franklin became the first female artist to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. On August 14, 2012, Franklin was inducted into the GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame. For additional info about Ms Franklin, please refer to; Aretha Franklin at Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Download “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” Now Available (US only until Dec 7th) iTunes: Google Play: Amazon: Sam Smith's debut album 'In The Lonely Hour' is out now! iTunes: Google Play: Amazon: Webstore: Subscribe to Sam’s Email List at
♪ It's Beginning to Look A Lot like Christmas ~ Sung by Johnny Mathis ~ No copy infraction intended on my videos. Thank you for watching! Dedicated to those with the Spirit of Christmas in their hearts. Warmest thoughts and best wishes for a wonderful Holiday and a Happy New Year. May peace, love and prosperity follow you always. Merry Christmas to You!
Jingle Bell Beatles
from the 1994 album DIANA ROSS - A VERY SPECIAL SEASON - created at
Our ongoing holiday mission is to unearth some great Christmas and New Year's oldies that are so good to hear again.
"White Christmas" by Michael Bublé. Lyrics: I'm dreaming of a white Christmas Just like the ones I used to know Where the treetops glisten And children listen To hear sleigh bells in the snow. I'm dreaming of a white Christmas With every Christmas card I write May your days be merry and bright And may all your Christmases be white. I'm dreaming of a white Christmas With every Christmas card I write May your days be merry and bright And may all your Christmases be white.

Quirky Ditties

Quirky ditties christmas
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Music video by Elmo & Patsy performing Grandma Got Run over by a Reindeer. (C) 1984 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT
A Video I made on Windows Movie Maker of the Lyrics for Brenda Lee's Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree. Pls watch some of my other videos! Enjoy! P.S: Please can you watch BlobWebby's Videos, Thanks!
Lyrics are on the SCREEN!!!
Our holiday mission is to unearth some great Christmas oldies that are oh so good to hear again! To hear Augie's best follow-up, "The Teacher Walked Out of the Room," go here:
Get this song on Amazon now! Run Rudolph Run - Chuck Berry -
Burl Ives singing the classic song along with clips from the 1964 animated feature of the same name. Clips include a dancing animated Burl Ives from a music video performed by Destiny's Child. Presented under the fair use doctrine of the Copyright Law.
"Santa Baby" was originally recorded by Eartha Kitt with Henri René and his orchestra in New York City on October 6, 1953. It was released by RCA Victor Records as catalog number 20-5502 (in the USA), and by EMI on the His Master's Voice label as catalog number B 10728. The song was a huge hit for Kitt, and she later said that it was one of her favorite songs to record; she reprised it in the 1954 film New Faces. Kitt also reprised the original song in a 1963 re-recording for Kapp Records, with a more uptempo arrangement. (Madonna's popular rendition for the 1987 charity album A Very Special Christmas is based on this latter version.) In 1954, Eartha Kitt recorded a new version of the song with new lyrics titled "This Year's Santa Baby", to no commercial success. Writers listed did not change. The song was featured in the 1989 film Driving Miss Daisy.
"Christmas song" sung by Alvin, Simon and Theodore.
You're a mean one, Mr. Grinch. You really are a heel. You're as cuddly as a cactus, You're as charming as an eel. Mr. Grinch. You're a bad banana With a greasy black peel. You're a monster, Mr. Grinch. Your heart's an empty hole. Your brain is full of spiders, You've got garlic in your soul. Mr. Grinch. I wouldn't touch you, with a thirty-nine-and-a-half foot pole. You're a vile one, Mr. Grinch. You have termites in your smile. You have all the tender sweetness Of a seasick crocodile. Mr. Grinch. Given the choice between the two of you I'd take the seasick crockodile. You're a foul one, Mr. Grinch. You're a nasty, wasty skunk. Your heart is full of unwashed socks Your soul is full of gunk. Mr. Grinch. The three words that best describe you, are, and I quote: "Stink. Stank. Stunk." You're a rotter, Mr. Grinch. You're the king of sinful sots. Your heart's a dead tomato splot With moldy purple spots, Mr. Grinch. Your soul is an apalling dump heap overflowing with the most disgraceful assortment of deplorable rubbish imaginable, Mangled up in tangled up knots. You nauseate me, Mr. Grinch. With a nauseaus super-naus. You're a crooked jerky jockey And you drive a crooked horse. Mr. Grinch. You're a three decker saurkraut and toadstool sandwich With arsenic sauce. Copyright © 1957, Dr. Seuss.
Gene Autry sings 'Frosty the Snowman' as part of our special Christmas Advent Calendar event. Enjoy this classic Christmas song, and make it part of your perfect Christmas songs playlist ! Available to buy now
Baby its cold outside beautifully sung by Johnny Mercer and Margaret Whiting. Contrary to the mass of information and downloadable music displayed on the internet, which is all totally incorrect!! This video portrays the true artists who both sang and recorded this song. Yes it is John Mercer and Margaret Whiting and NOT Doris Day and Bing Crosby. After extensive research this is 100% confirmed and the information, LP and origonal song sheet have been picture copied and included in this video.. Please link to this video if possible and let the world know who the true artists are, for this very famous song.
The Beach Boys - Little Saint Nick
Classic Christmas song by Dean Martin with christmas pics.
Christmas songs, HD Bruce Springsteen - Santa Claus is Coming to Town Rights don't belong to us.

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Music video by Mariah Carey performing All I Want For Christmas Is You. YouTube view counts pre-VEVO: 61,153 (C) 1994 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT
1979 Classic Paul McCartney and Wings Christmas Song.
The official video for John Lennon 'Merry Xmas (War Is Over)'
"What Christmas Means to Me" is a Christmas song written by Anna Gordy Gaye, George "Horgay" Gordy and Allen Story. The song was first recorded by Stevie Wonder for his 1967 Christmas album, Someday at Christmas released in both stereo and monoaural by Tamla Records; the song was produced by Henry Cosby. Candles burnin' low Lots of mistletoe Lots of snow and ice Everywhere we go Choirs singin' carols Right outside my door All these things and more (All these things and more, baby) That's what Christmas means to me, my love (That's what Christmas means to me, my love) And ya know what I mean I see your smilin' face Like I never seen before Even though I love ya madly It seems I love you more And little cards you give me Will touch my heart for sure All these things and more, darlin' (All these things and more, darlin') That's what Christmas means to me, my love (That's what Christmas means to me, my love) I feel like runnin' wild As angels and a little child Greet you 'neath the mistletoe Kiss you once and then some more And wish you a Merry Christmas, baby (Wish you a Merry Christmas, baby) And such happiness in the comin' year (Happiness in the comin' year) Let's deck the halls with holly Sing sweet Silent Night Fill a sheet with angel hair And pretty, pretty lights Go to sleep and wake up Just before daylight And all these things and more, baby (All these things and more, baby) That's what Christmas means to me, my love (That's what Christmas means to me, my love) Candles burnin' low Lots and lots of snow Christmas bells are ringin' Christmas choirs singin' Christmas mistletoe All these things and more
Kenny Rogers and Wynonna Judd Mary did you know
Music video by José Feliciano performing Feliz Navidad. (C) 2009 Sony Music Entertainment
This is the original version. If you notice on this they say at end AND GOD BLESS. The version played on the radio that is taken off """ WHY RANDY """" Anyone know randy ask him, ask ur radio stations.... WHYYY •Entity: Sony Music Entertainment Content Type: Sound Recording ( NO COPYRIGHT INFRINGMENT INTENDED )~~~~~
Music video by Bing Crosby & David Bowie performing The Little Drummer Boy / Peace On Earth. HLC Properties Ltd., under license to Beach Road Music, LLC Bing on Facebook:
Music video by N Sync performing Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays. (C) 1998 Trans Continental Records, Inc.
A mello R&B version; "Please Come Home for Christmas," was hit in 1960 on King Records and remained seasonally popular. Charles Brown was Born: Sep 13, 1922 in Texas City, Texas. Died: Jan 21, 1999 in Oakland, California.'s christmas time. Christmas Single from 1991, can also be found on "Lost Dogs" Cold wind blows on the soles of my feet Heaven knows nothing of me I'm lost nowhere to go Oh when I was a kid oh how magic it seemed Oh please let me sleep its Christmas time Flowered winds was where I lived Thought you burned not froze for your sins Oh I'm so tired and cold Oh when I was a kid oh how magic it seemed Oh please let me sleep its Christmas time Oh oh when I was a kid oh how magic it seemed Oh please let me sleep its Christmas time Oh oh when I if I was a kid oh how magic it seemed Oh please let me dream it's Christmas time
Merry Christmas! Hope you like it! Please comment, rate, and subscribe. Song: "Last Christmas" Artist: Taylor Swift This is a fan made music video. I own nothing. All rights go to correct owners.
The Waitresses - Christmas Wrapping (1981) A unique Christmas song recorded in 1981 by The Waitresses & written by Chris Butler. This song was written soon after the birth of mainstream rap music... hence the word "Wrapping" in the title. Very Clever indeed. =) *No Copyright Infringement Intended*
Christmas by Darlene Love I feel like uploading Christmas tunes =)

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