10 Best Christmas Movie Songs

The 10 best Christmas movie songs helped to add holiday music to our favorite holiday movies. Some of the more popular Christmas songs we know now came from movies. See how many of the ten best Christmas movie songs you can recognize from their original movie appearance.

  1. "White Christmas" (1942). Even though this very popular Christmas song has a movie named after it, it actually appeared in the non-Christmas movie "Holiday Inn" (1942) first. But once Bing Crosby sang this Irving Berlin song in 1942, the public could not get enough and it became one of the ten best Christmas movie songs ever.
  2. "Where Are You Christmas" (2000). This song was written for the movie "How The Grinch Stole Christmas" (2000) and was released as a single sung by Mariah Carey, one of the song's co-writers. But the version that wound up being one of the ten best Christmas movie songs ever was recorded by Faith Hill and released along with the movie.
  3. "Believe" (2004). Male vocalist Josh Groban recorded this song for the movie "The Polar Express" (2004). The song, and the movie, went on to become huge holiday hits.
  4. "Christmas Shoes" (2000). This song was such a popular Christmas hit for the band NewSong that executives turned it into a movie in 2002. It is one of the rare instances where a Christmas song inspired a Christmas movie.
  5. "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch" (1966). This song was originally written for the cartoon version of "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" (1966), but became a hit again in 2000 when the live action version of the story was released as a hit holiday movie.
  6. "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" (1944). Many people are familiar with this classic holiday song, but few remember that it was first sung by Judy Garland in the movie "Meet Me In St. Louis" (1944). It is a warm and emotional movie about being home for the holidays.
  7. "Baby, It's Cold Outside" (1944). Songwriter Frank Loesser wrote this holiday classic in 1944, but it took years for MGM to finally include it in a movie. This became one of the ten best Christmas movie songs when it appeared in the movie "Neptune's Daughter" (1949).
  8. "Silver Bells" (1950). This song was first released as a single by Bing Crosby and Carol Richards in 1950. But, it become a well-known Christmas classic after it appeared in the movie "The Lemon Drop Kid" (1951) and was performed by Bob Hope and Marilyn Maxwell.
  9. "Hooray For Santy Claus" (1964). This song was introduced in the movie "Santa Claus Conquers the Martians" (1964) which was a dismal failure. But the song endured and has become one of the ten best Christmas movie songs of all time.
  10. "I Hate People" (1970). Albert Finney plays Ebenezer Scrooge in the movie "Scrooge" (1970) and sings a little tune about his feelings towards other people. The song is constantly interrupted by street children who insist on calling Scrooge "Father Christmas." It is one of the more lively songs to ever be put in a Christmas movie.
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