13 Best Christmas Movie Songs
Christmas songs and movies go together like milk and cookies (essential for Santa) or horse and carriage (or should I say sleigh ride). In fact, just 4 Christmas songs, Jingle Bells, Auld Lang Syne, Silent Night and Ave Maria have been used 1,076 in movies according to IMDB, the Internet Movie Data Base. Most often those are older songs that are no longer copyright protected, with only one song out of the top ten, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas written in the last one hundred years.
Some of my favorite Christmas song/movie combos include:
Love Actually - All I Want for Christmas is You
Joanna Anderson, the object of Sam's affection, was played by 11 year old Olivia Olson. She sang the song so beautifully that the director,Richard Curtis, thought audiences wouldn't believe that she was actually singing so he messed it up a bit in post production.
Elf - Baby It's Cold Outside
The first time we heard Zooey Deschanel sing was in her duet with Will Ferrel, but now she's recorded 6 albums as half of the team She & Him.
Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer - We Are Santa's Elves
Which TV Special do you wait for every year? Rudolph or A Charlie Brown Christmas? Amazing to think of how many times those shows have been seen. Do you think that one trillion views would be too big a guess? They've both been out for 50 years and show on network TV annually.
Best Little Whorehouse is Texas - Hard Candy Christmas
I like cheery Christmas music, so this song doesn't do it for me. But Best Little Whorehouse in Texas has the best political song so they redeem themselves.
Mean Girls - Jingle Bell Rock
This was Lindsay Lohan's last great role. Sadly, it was 14 years ago.
Holiday Inn - White Christmas
White Christmas was written for the 1942 movie Holiday Inn by Irving Berlin. It only took him 18 minutes to write it. The following year it won an Oscar for Best Song at the Academy Awards. Bing Crosby's version of the song is the best selling record of all time. Nearly 1,500 acts have recorded it, including Taylor Swift and Katy Perry.
It's a Wonderful Life - Auld Lang Syne
Clarence: (in book inscription) Remember, George: no man is a failure who has friends.
Jingle All the Way - The Little Boy that Santa Claus Forgot
Trivia - In March 2001, a U.S. District Court jury in Birmingham, Michigan, ruled that 20th Century Fox stole the script idea, "Jingle All the Way", from Detroit High School biology teacher, Brian Webster. The studio was ordered to pay nineteen million dollars, later reduced to one and a half million dollars. Webster submitted the script, then named "Could This Be Christmas?", to the studio in 1994, and never received payment nor credit despite the film making one hundred twenty-nine million dollars worldwide. 20th Century Fox appealed, and the verdict was reversed, since Webster's script was submitted after the studio had already purchased a treatment (summary or outline) of what would become this movie's script.
Gremlins - Christmas Baby Please Come Home
Gremlins is partly responsible for the creation of the PG-13 rating. Truth be told, it’s Steven Spielberg who is really responsible for the introduction of the PG-13 rating. Both Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, which he directed, and Gremlins, which he executive produced, were rated PG upon their release, and subsequently criticized for not being kid-appropriate. To avoid being slapped with an R rating in the future, Spielberg suggested that the MPAA add a rating between PG and R. On August 10, 1984, Red Dawn became the first movie to be released with the new PG-13 rating.
The Preacher's Wife - Joy to the World
"The Preacher's Wife" Soundtrack is the best selling Gospel album of all time
And the 2 songs I mentioned at the beginning ...
Lemon Drop Kid - Silver Bells
Die Hard - Let it Snow