Saturday, December 20, 2014
FOR YOUR ENJOYMENT
Being intrigue by the holiday spirit I searched the internet to find out how many of these most popular Christmas songs not hymns were written by Jewish songwriters and/or lyricists besides the most famous one; Irving Berlin’s White Christmas;
This is David Lehman’s list of “Top 10 Christmas Songs Written by Jews”
10. “The Christmas Waltz,” music and lyrics by Sammy Cahn and Julie Styne.
9. “Silver Bells,” music by Jay Livingston, lyrics by Ray Evans.
8. “Winter Wonderland,” music and lyrics by Felix Bernard.
7. “Santa Baby,” music and lyrics by Joan Ellen Javits and Philip Springer. “
6. “Sleigh Ride,” lyrics by Mitchell Parrish”
5. “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” music by Buck Ram, lyrics by Walter Kent.
4. “I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm,” music and lyrics by Irving Berlin.
3. “Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow,” lyrics by Sammy Cahn, music by Julie Styne
2. “The Christmas Song” (“Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire”), music and lyrics by Mel Tormé and Bob Wells
1. “White Christmas,” music and lyrics by Irving Berlin. “Bing Crosby’s version is the best-selling single ever.”
This article was originally published on Dec. 24, 2009.
I also found this link with videos of songs which all can enjoy.