December 13th, 2016 | Updated on November 22nd, 2018
Christmas is nearly universally celebrated but other faiths like Jews may not directly participate in the Christmas celebrations. However, Jews do get into the spirit.
In America, the American Society of Composers and Publishers (ASCAP) compiles a list every year in early December. Guess, what that list is about? It is a list of 25 most popular holiday songs. A placing in the list is determined by radio air play.
This list changes slightly from year to year as a new song makes the list. Often an old favorite is propelled on to the list while pushing some less popular one off the list. This old favorite is often new version of an old Christmas favorite.
Call it “Christmas songs” or “Holiday songs” what difference does it make as most people still identify popular tunes like “Let it snow” or “White Christmas” with Christmas songs.
Interestingly, the tunes and the soundtracks of most of the popular Christmas songs or Holiday songs were scripted by the Jews.
While we tend to think of Christmas influence on Jews, we may not be aware of the tremendous impact the Jews made on Christmas as they prominently figure among the song writers of the 20th century.
Here’s the list of popular Christmas songs written by the Jews.
1. “White Christmas” written by Irving Berlin
2. “You’re A Mean One Mr.Grinch” composed by Albert Hague
3. “Rudolf The Red-Nosed Reindeer” written by Johnny Marks
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4. “Run Rudolph Run” Written by Johnny Marks
5. “Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree” also written by Johnny Marks (He was the man)
6. “Silver Bells” written by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans
7. “Let It Snow” written by Jule Styne and Sammy Cahn
8. “Winter Wonderland” written by Felix Bernard and Richard B.Smith
9. “The Christmas Song” composed by Mel Torme
10. “I’ll be Home For Christmas” Composed by Walter Kent
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Source: buzzfeed.com, youTube.com