Below is a list of some popular Christmas songs for guitar.
Only once a year do we get to play Christmas songs on the guitar and the list below should fill your needs. Many of these are traditional Christmas songs. Some are easy beginner guitar Christmas songs, but many others are more advance.
Eventually I'll have links to another level deeper like i do for The Christmas Song by Nat King Cole and like Christmas In Dixie by Alabama where I'll give more detail on the rhythm used in each song ... the missing demos will appear over the next few days from today 6 Oct 2020.
Christmas In Killarney is an old number written by three American writer back in 1950. Bing Crosby was the first to record the song in 1951 but the two version that made it to Billboard were by Dennis Day at #10 and Percy faith at #28. Many artists have recorded this song including The Irish Rovers with this version here from 2002 and makes for one of those popular Christmas songs for guitar at a party.
Burl Ives released his Christmas album called "Have A Holly Jolly Christmas" back in 1964. This song was one of the tracks on that album and has become a holiday standard ever since. Johnny Marks wrote the song a few years earlier in 1962.
This song has been on several charts over the years and set a record for Burl Ives being the longest artist between Hot 100 Top 10 songs and that being 56 years. And at 109 years after his birth, is the oldest living or deceased to have a top 10 song when it peaked at #10 on Jan 5th 2019.
Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas - (Judy Garland) Chords
Kim Gannon, who was a writer, and Walter Kent, a composer, put this song together called I'll Be Home For Christmas right in the middle of WWII while thinking about soldiers longing to be home with loved ones during the holidays. Bing Crosby recorded the song in 1943 and had a #3 hit. The song has gone on to become a holiday standard.
James Peirpont wrote this song back in 1857. The song was not intended to be sung during the Christmas season but instead for the Thanksgiving time frame. Benny Goodman recorded the song in 1935 and had a #18 hit. Later on Glenn Miller and his band recorded the song in 1941 had a #5 hit.
Bing Crosby and The Andrew Sisters also recorded the song in 1943 and had a #19 hit. And since then many artists have covered this song as part of their holiday music.
Johnny Marks wrote many popular Christmas songs for guitar including this one called Rockin Around The Christmas Tree which was a big hit for Brenda Lee back in 1958. On the 50th Anniversary in 2008, this was the 4th largest digital download of any Christmas song with over 1 million downloads. Brenda Lee was only 13 years old when she recorded this song.
This song was featured in the 1990 film Home Alone. This song is in the top 10 on many charts worldwide during the holiday season. Brenda Lee was ranked 4th in the 1960's with 47 chart hits ... behind Elvis, The Beatles and Ray Charles. She is still alive at age 74 in 2019.
Popular Christmas Songs For Guitar S-U
Santa Claus Is Coming To Town - (George Hall) Chords
You have to go all the way back to 1816 to find the origins of this classic. It was written by Father Joseph Mohr in 1816 and the music was composed by Franz Gruber in 1818. The song was performed in a small church for the first time in Mariapfarr Austria.
Bing Crosby's recorded his version from 1935 is the 4th biggest selling single of all time.
In 1991 Michael Martin Murphy released his Christmas Album entitled "Cowboys Christmas" and this track was on that alum. Michael Martin Murphy has released over 40 singles during his recording career but this song wasn't one of them.
This song was written back in 1934 by Felix Bernard and Richard Smith. The first record was by Richard Himber also in 1934 .. see the link below. Since that time over 200 artists have recorded the song including Air Supply, Tony Bennett and Alan Jackson.
Thanks for stopping by my Popular Christmas Songs For Guitar page. Help yourself to the free chord sheets and do check out the unique songs by the other artists thru their links. I hope you've enjoyed my Christmas guitar arrangement here.