Elvis’ Christmas Album
Elvis Presley 10 million copies 1957
Miracles: The Holiday Album
Kenny G 7.37 million copies 1994
The Christmas Song
Nat King Cole 6 million copies 1960
Mannheim Steamroller Christmas
Mannheim Steamroller 6 million copies 1984
A Fresh Aire Christmas
Manheim Steamroller 6 million copies 1988
Josh Groban 5.89 million copies 2007
Mariah Carey 5.5 million 1994
These Are Special Times
Celine Dion 5.44 million 1998
A Christmas Album
Barbra Streisand 5.37 million 1967
Johnny Mathis 5.24 million 1958
Top Selling Christmas Singles Of All Time (According to Billboard)
Top Selling Christmas Albums Of All Time (According to Billboard)
Wham! - Last Christmas
George Michael 751,000 downloads 1984
Jingle Bell Rock
Bobby Helms 780,000 downloads 1957
Jose Feliciano 808,000 downloads 1970
Where Are You Christmas
Faith Hill 897,000 downloads 2000
Trans-Siberian Orchestra 918,000 downloads 1998
Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree
Brenda Lee 1,000,000 downloads 1958
Justin Bieber 1.1 million downloads 2011
Trans-Siberian 1.3 million downloads 1996
Do You Want To Build A Snowman
Kristen Bell 1.6 million downloads 2013
All I Want For Christmas Is You
Mariah Carey 3.2 million downloads 1994
God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen 16th century
One of the oldest extant carols. Earliest print version, 1760.
I Saw Three Ships (Come Sailing In) 17th century
Earliest printed version 17th century. Published by William Sandy's in 1833.
O Come, All Ye Faithful (Adeste Fideles) 17th century
Originally written in Latin as Adeste Fideles. Attribution is unclear.
O come, O come, Emmanuel 1710
Lyrics written Germany 1710. Music origins in 15th century France.
Joy to the World 1719
Lyrics by Isaac Watts, 1719. Music origins unknown.
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing 1739
Lyrics by Charles Wesley, 1739. Music 1840, adaptation of a Felix Mendelssohn cantata by William H. Cummings.
The Twelve Days of Christmas 1780
Lyrics in 1780, thought to be French in origin. Music derived from a 1909 arrangement of folk melody to Frederic Austin.
The Holly and the Ivy early 1800’s
Lyrics in early nineteenth century. Music first published 1911 by Cecil Sharp who heard it from Mrs. Mary Clayton.
Silent Night 1818
Lyrics by Joseph Mohr in 1816. Music by Franz Xaver Gruber 1818.
The First Noel 1823
Lyrics are traditional classical English Christmas carol from early modern period. Current music arrangement by John Stainer in 1871
O Holy Night 1847
Lyrics by Placide Cappeau 1843, music by Adolphe Adam in 1847. Song premiered 1847.
It Came Upon A Midnight Clear 1849
Lyrics by Edmund Sears, music by Richard Storrs Willis 1850
Here We Come A-wassailing 1850
English traditional Christmas carol. Apparently composed 1850, attribution unknown.
Good King Wenceslas 1853
Lyrics by John Mason Neale in collaboration with Thomas Helmore. Music is 13th century spring carol.
Jingle Bells 1857
Written and composed by James Lord Pierpont in 1857.
Angels We Have Heard On High 1862
Lyrics by James Chadwick, music is a French song called “Les Anges Dans Not Campagnes”
We Three Kings of Orient Are 1862
Both lyrics and music written by John Henry Hopkins, Jr. in 1857. Published in 1862.
I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day 1863
Based on poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow in 1863. Music in 1872 by organist John Baptiste Calkin.
O Little Town of Bethlehem 1868
Lyrics by Phillips Brooks in 1868. Music by church organist Lewis Redner.
Go Tell It On The Mountain 1865
African American spiritual dating back to 1865, later compiled by John Wesley Work, Jr., the first African American collector of folk songs and spirituals.
What Child Is This? (Greensleeves) 1865 (to a 16th century tune)
Lyrics by William Chatterton Dix in 1865. Music is “Greensleeves” a traditional English folk song.
Away In The Manger 1885
Lyricist unverified. Most popular USA music is “Mueller” by James R. Murray in 1887.
Parade of the Wooden Soldiers 1897
An instrumental composed by Leon Jessel in 1897. Lyrics were created in 1922 by Ballard MacDonald.
Carol of the Bells 1914
Lyrics by Peter J. Wilhousky and music by Ukrainian composer Mykola Leontovych in 1914.
The Bells of St. Mary’s 1917
Lyrics by Douglas Furber, music by A. Emmett Adams.
I Wonder As I Wander 1934
Lyrics and music composed by John Jacob Niles in 1933.
Santa Claus Is Coming To Town 1934
Lyrics and music composed by John Frederick Coots and Haven Gillespie.
Winter Wonderland 1934
Lyrics by Richard B. Smith and music by Felix Bernard.
White Christmas 1942
Lyrics and music composed by Irving Berlin.
Happy Holidays 1942
Lyrics and music composed by Irving Berlin.
All I Want For Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth 1944
Lyrics and music composed by Donald Yetter Gardner in 1944.
Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas 1944
Lyrics and music composed by Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane.
Let It Snow Let It Snow Let It Snow 1945
Lyrics by Sammy Cahn and music by Jute Style in 1945.
Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire 1945
Lyrics and music by Mel Torme and Bob Wells.
Here Comes Santa Claus 1947
Lyrics by Gene Autry, music by Oakley Haldeman.
Sleigh Ride 1948
Lyrics by Mitchell Parish in 1950, music by Leroy Anderson in 1948.
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer 1949
Lyrics and music composed by Johnny Marks. Recording aired 1949.
Silver Bells 1950
Lyrics and music composed by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans.
Frosty The Snowman 1950
Lyrics and music composed by Walter “Jack” Rollins and Steve Nelson and first recorded in 1950.
It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas 1951
Lyrics and music written by Meredith Wilson.
The Little Drummer Boy 1951
Lyrics and music composed by Katherine Kennicott Davis in 1941. First recording was in 1951.
I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus 1952
Lyrics and music by Tommie Connor.
Santa Baby 1953
Lyrics and music composed by Joan Javits and Phillip Springer.
Home For The Holidays 1954
Lyrics by Al Stillman, and music by Robert Allen.
Jingle Bell Rock 1957
Lyrics and music composed by Joseph Carleton Beal and James Ross Booth.
The Chipmunk Song 1958
Lyrics and music composed by Ross Bagdasarian Sr (aka David Seville).
Run Rudolph Run 1958
Songwriters were Johnny Marks and Marvin Brodie.
Do You Hear What I Hear? 1962
Lyrics by Noel Regney and music by Gloria Shayne Baker.
It’s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year 1963
Lyrics and music composed by Edward Pola and George Wyle.
Have A Holly Jolly Christmas 1964
Lyrics and music composed by Johnny Marks in 1962. Recorded in 1964
Feliz Navidad 1970
Lyrics and music composed by Jose Feliciano.
Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer 1979
Lyrics and music composed by Randy Brooks.
Sources: Classic Christmas carols: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Christmas_carols
Classic Christmas Songs http://www.listchallenges.com/100-most-popular-christmas-songs