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In the words of Buddy The Elf: "We elves try to stick to the four main food groups: candy, candy canes, candy corns, and syrup". That's kind of how we feel about Christmas music. It's all great, but can be separated into a few groups:The Swing Era, The Pop Era and Christmas Carols.
When you're looking for fun music for the Christmas Holiday, Brandi Music offers the best of the best. Plus, instrumental, peaceful and sacred channels.
Christmas Crooners covers the swing era. Billboard Magazine ranks the most popular Christmas tunes as:
Christmas Holiday Pop covers the 60s through today:
The most performed Christmas song of all time is "Santa Claus is Coming To Town" written by Fred Coots and Haven Gillespie in 1934.
Classics. So many of our Christmastime favorites are not sung at all. Anyone who was in a high school band probably knows "Sleigh Ride" by Leroy Anderson, written in 1948. Two years later the Andrews Sistsers gave it words. The Ventures, a rock n' roll "surfer" band (Hawaii Five-O Theme) released updated versions of Christmas songs in 1965. That same year the Vince Guaraldi Trio was chosen to record a jazzy soundtrack for a CBS-TV special starring Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the gang.
70s, 80s and 90s. Since 1975, new age instrumental group Manheim Steamroller has sold 28 million albums in the US. Much of their fame came after the release of their first Christmas album in 1984. In 1993, composer Paul O'Neill put together a band that combined rock, progressive and orchestral sounds, named TSO, or Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Their debut album was all about Christmas Eve.
Popular Instrumental Artists. Today's popular instrumental artists include John Tesh, Chris Botti, Jim Brickman and Kenny G. All have had many enjoyable Christmas instrumental music releases.
The holidays can be busy and a bit hectic, so many businesses like to play relaxing holiday music. The Christmas Peaceful channel from Brandi Music is an all instrumental channel that plays beautiful renditions of Christmas music. Artists include George Winston, Jim Brickman, Liz Story, Tommy Emmanuel and The Piano Guys.
The carols of Christmas provide a reverent and peaceful soundtrack for the holiday season. Artists from every genre are represented in this musical celebration of the birth of the Savior Jesus Christ. Away In A Manger, The First Noel, Do You Hear What I Hear, Silent Night are the well-known carols. Other carols in the European tradition are included, too: Reve du Noel, Panis Angelicus (Josh Groban), Lullay Lullay (Annie Lennox) and The Wexford Carol (Alison Krauss with Yo Yo Ma).
There are many contemporary songs of the season that are sacred in nature, including, "Mary Did You Know" (Pentatonix), "Breath of Heaven" (Amy Grant) and "All Is Well" (Michael W. Smith).
Why not have some fun for a few days around Halloween? Using the Music Schedule feature, it's easy to choose a channel (or group of channels) to play for a limited time. After the Priority Schedule expires, your previous (default) channel selections resume automatically.
The Monster Mash, Ghostbusters, I Want Candy, Werewolves of London, I Put A Spell On You... have fun!
The Irish Celebration channel is where the traditions of Ireland meet the hottest starts of today's Irish music scene. This channel is an upbeat celebration of Irish music that can set the tone in an Irish pub, or anywhere St. Patrick's Day is celebrated. You'll hear The Cheiftans, Dennis Day, The Irish Rovers, Jollybeggarman, Colin Farrell, Carbon Leaf, The Corrs and The Pogues.
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