A classic Christmas song is one that marks a generation, gets repeated endlessly for decades to come, and never grows out of favor. Jingle Bells, written in the 1850s, is such a song. So is White Christmas.
There will never be another classic Christmas song. Ever.
It has become a modern Christmas tradition to hear All I Want for Christmas Is You to be declared the most popular Christmas song of the year.
Mariah Carey’s hit pop single has raked in millions for the record company, has spun off books, movies and Christmas TV specials, and it gives Carey a little jingle in her pocket every holiday season to the tune of $2.6 million dollars a year.
But it is not and never will be a Christmas classic.
It falls well short of the song of all Christmas songs – White Christmas, written by Irving Berlin. White Christmas is the best-selling song of all time and easily the most recognizable of all Christmas songs.
Granted, White Christmas has a 50-year head start over All I Want for Christmas...