Five Interesting Facts About Popular Christmas Songs
Music moves us and motivates us. It can inspire and can bring us down. Hear a few notes of your favorite song and the day brightens up! But Christmas music? It is the most powerful of all...almost no style of music brings back happy memories as powerfully as Christmas Music. Here are five popular Christmas songs and things you probably didn't know about them...
All I Want for Christmas Is You
The song that's netted Mariah Carey over $60 million dollars so far was written in just 15 minutes (and recorded in August).
Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree
Guess how old Brenda Lee was when she recorded this song? It was 1958 and she was....13 years old! When Brenda Lee recorded "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" in 1958, she was only 13 years old. LeAnn Rimes comes to mind when I hear that.
Do You Hear What I Hear?
In 1962 there was a lot of fear driven by the very real possibility of a war with Russia by way of Cuba. It was called the Cuban Missile Crisis, and this song was written as a call for peace at that time. The video is apparently the very first recording of the song.
This one is kinda funny. According to Wiki, the song started out as Tinkle Bells. "We never thought that tinkle had a double meaning until Jay went home and his first wife said, 'Are you out of your mind? Do you know what the word tinkle is?'" The word is slang for urination."
Dear Mr. Jesus
NOTE: This song deals with child abuse.
One of the most unlikely Christmas hits ever was Dear Mr. Jesus, from 1988. It hit #61 on the Hot 100 in January of '88. It was credited to Powersource (solo Sharon), a contemporary Christian band from Texas. Sharon Batts was the young child's full name.
HONORABLE MENTION - NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK
Did you know New Kids had a Christmas song? They did. A full album, in fact!