The ’40s and ’50s Were the Golden Era of Christmas Music

1950s Christmas music turntable
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Did you know that ’40s and ’50s Christmas music has remained the most popular soundtrack for the season for decades? When you think about the songs you expect to hear while doing your holiday shopping or watching a classic Christmas movie, they are probably from the 40s or 50s.

Do You Know These Classic Christmas Tunes From the ’40s?

  • “The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)” (1946)
  • “White Christmas” (1941)
  • “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” (1944)
  • “Sleigh Ride” (1948)
  • “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” (1949)
  • “Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!” (1945)
  • “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” (1943)
  • “Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane)” (1947)
  • “Blue Christmas” (1949)

How About These ’50s Holiday Favorites?

  • “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas” (1951)
  • “Frosty the Snowman” (1950)
  • “Silver Bells” (1950)
  • “Home for the Holidays” (1954)
  • “Santa Baby” (1953)
  • “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus” (1952)

It’s pretty amazing to think that so many songs that are synonymous with the holiday season came from the same time period. Furthermore, this classic 40s and 50s Christmas music is an impressive example of staying power. For music that came out 70 years ago to be such a significant part of our holidays today is truly remarkable.

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