A selection of Christmas songs that have appeared in well known movies, not all of which have been Christmas related.
John Williams – O Holy Night (Cantique De Noel) (Home Alone, 1990)
Judy Garland – Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas (Meet Me In St. Louis, 1944)
Bing Crosby, Marjorie Reynolds – White Christmas (Holiday Inn, 1942)
Josh Groban – Believe (The Polar Express, 2004)
Bob Hope, Marilyn Maxwell – Silver Bells (The Lemon Drop Kid, 1951)
Burl Ives – A Holly Jolly Christmas (Rudolf The Red-Nosed Reindeer, 1964)
Run-DMC – Christmas In Hollis (Die Hard, 1988)
Bing Crosby & The Andrew Sisters – Santa Claus Is Coming To Town (The Godfather, 1972)
Zooey Deschanel, Leon Redbone – Baby, It’s Cold Outside (Elf, 2003)
Dean Martin – Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! (Bad Santa, 2003)
The Cast From It’s A Wonderful Life – Hark The Herald! Angels Sing/Auld Lang Syne (It’s A Wonderful Life, 1946)
Vince Guaraldi Trio – Christmastime Is Here (A Charlie Brown Christmas, 1965)
Oliva Olsen – All I Want For Christmas (Love Actually, 2003)
The Muppets – One More Sleep ‘Til Christmas (The Muppets Christmas Carol, 1992)
Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams, Gina Rene – Jingle Bell Rock (Mean Girls, 2004)
Darlene Love – Christmas (Gremlins, 1984)
Ray Charles – That Spirit Of Christmas (National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, 1989)
Darlene Love – Christmas (Baby, Please Come Home) (Gremlins, 1984)
Natalie Cole – Jingle Bells (Miracle on 34th Street, 1994)
Bing Crosby, Rosemary Clooney, Danny Kaye, Vera-Ellen – Snow (White Christmas, 1954)
Dr Seuss – Welcome Christmas (How The Grinch Stole Christmas, 1966)
Music for the season can be found in lots of different movies and not always necessarily ones that are based around the holidays. How else can you explain the presence of ‘The Godfather’ in the collection above? The 1971 Oscar laden triumph may be known for its graphic depiction of a mobster clan but it included several short vibrant Christmas scenes soundtracked by classic Christmas songs. So while Bing and the Andrew Sisters jolly take on ‘Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas’ is at odds with 99% of the other drama in that classic film that doesn’t make it any less heartwarming.
Another movie that houses all of its December glory in one passage is ‘Meet Me In St. Louis’. And what a moment it was as Judy Garland’s character soothes her sobbing little sister with the definitive take on ‘Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas’ as the pair savour their last Christmas in St. Louis. Much more ebullient is Burl Ives, however, and the song that made him famous ‘A Holly Jolly Christmas’. This standard featured in a 1964 stop-motion flick called ‘Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer’ which the great man also narrated.
If you’re after the real festive deal then the soundtrack to the 1994 remake of ‘Miracle on 34th Street’ could be right up your alley. With composer John Williams directing the lush orchestral tone there were also songs from Nat King Cole’s daughter Natalie, such as ‘Jingle Bells’, to coax the holiday spirit. John Williams’ hand was also felt on another 90’s movie classic ‘Home Alone’, which offering a nice antitode to Kevin’s intelligent and uproarious defence of his own abode while his parents were away.