As a kid growing up in the Bronx (Parkchester), I always loved the music of the season. There was a sort of tent-igloo where Santa resided, opposite Macy’s, and the loudspeakers filled the air with many of these melodies. It’s impossible not to hum along whenever they are aired.
David Lehman, who authored, A Fine Romance: Jewish Songwriters, American Songs (Nextbook Press), listed the numbers in the Tablet story.
In reverse order, here they are with their YouTube links. Read the complete story at the link above for Lehman’s comments, including names of the composers, lyricists and other tidbits.
Tracing the Tribe has frequently listed the people connected to these songs. How many do you know?
10. “The Christmas Waltz”
9. “Silver Bells”
8. “Winter Wonderland”
7. “Santa Baby”
6. “Sleigh Ride”
5. “I’ll Be Home for Christmas”
4. “I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm”
3. “Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow”
2. “The Christmas Song” (“Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire”)
1. “White Christmas”