Wednesday, December 21, 2005

 

Classic Christmas Songs From Film

There was a time, when many of the chart-topping tunes of the day came from films. That time has long passed, but at this time of the year, I started thinking about how many of the songs we consider "Christmas standards" today originated in films (some of them not even Christmas films, per se). The most obvious example of these is Irving Berlin's "White Christmas," which he wrote for the film Holiday Inn. (Another seasonal standard, "Happy Holidays," also comes from that film.) "White Christmas" went on the win the Oscar for Best Song and subsequently become the most popular Christmas song of all time. In fact, so popular was the song, that when Holiday Inn was remade, it was re-titled White Christmas. "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" is from the Judy Garland film Meet Me in St Louis. The popular "Silver Bells" come from the Bob Hope film The Lemon Drop Kid. Originally written for the stage, Jerry Herman's wonderfully lively "We Need a Little Christmas," from Mame, was included in the Lucille Ball film version. A few years back, Faith Hill's performance of "Where Are You Christmas?" from Ron Howard's The Grinch that Stole Christmas, made that song an instant classic. Likewise, last year, Josh Grobin's rendition of "Believe," from The Polar Express, earned that song an Oscar nomination, and catapulted it into the collection of tunes heard this time of the year.

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