Where were you the first time you heard “White Christmas”? Or “Santa Clause Is Coming to Town”? Memories have a way of taking shape around music. In fact, some songs are like time capsules! For most Boomers, holiday songs evoke an instant nostalgia rush. Here are 8 Christmas songs all Boomers remember.
Whether you’re a baby Boomer or slightly older, you’re probably familiar with this song. Recorded in 1957, this has become a certified holiday classic. Elvis may lament the state of his holiday without his significant other, but it’ll be impossible for you to have a blue Christmas when you listen to this song!
The Beach Boys bring their special brand of breezy fun and summer whimsy to this track. Although it’s a song about Santa Clause, this song is sure to bring a little California sunshine to any holiday. Do you remember where you were the first time you heard this tune?
Before Michael Jackson was known as the King of Pop, he made fun seasonal hits like this alongside his brothers! Although a lot of artists have covered this song, nobody did it quite as well as the incomparable Jackson 5.
Composed and recorded in 1966 for Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas, this song is all about the titular Grinch and his foibles. Although the lyrics detail The Grinch’s striking similarities to a cactus and garlicky soul, it’s nearly impossible not to crack a smile when you hear it!
Nobody has ever heard an angel sing, but most of us would agree they probably sound a lot like Karen Carpenter. She had one of the most beautiful, crystal clear voices to ever grace the music industry, and this song certainly showcases her amazing vocal abilities!
This Christmas classic was first released in 1970 by Puerto Rican singer-songwriter José Feliciano. Since then, it’s been a holiday staple, and for good reason—it’s catchy and heartfelt and fun. Most Boomers would’ve been in their early twenties or late teens when this was released, so if that was the case for you, this song is probably a merry reminder of Christmases past.
Released at the tail end of the 1950s, most Boomers were probably still toddlers or very small children the first time they heard this song. Since then, it’s make the rounds in beloved holiday films like Home Alone and Jingle All the Way. It’s one of those songs that’ll instantly put you in the holiday spirit! And, fun fact —Brenda Lee was only thirteen-years-old when she sang this. What a voice!
Most people probably associate this tune with the 1964 holiday classic Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. This song is the embodiment of Christmas spirit. The upbeat melody, the festive lyrics, the references to mistletoe—there’s a reason this is a holiday favorite!
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Originally published December 16, 2022