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10 Best Kid's Christmas Songs

Over the years, kid's Christmas songs have been covered by artists such as The Muppets and The Chipmunks, revitalizing them for a new generation. While all Christmas songs are kid-friendly, some can show their age. It's a good thing many classic Christmas tunes have been updated into 'new classics' specially made for children. According to AOL Radio listeners with a yuletide spirit, here are the 10 Best Kid's Christmas songs -- both old and new.
'Jingle Bell Rock'
Written originally by admen Joe Beal and Jim Boothe, 'Jingle Bell Rock' has been played on rotation every year during Christmas time since its release in 1957 by Bobby Helms. This kids version is sung by puppeteer, Kevin Clash, who is the voice actor for not only Elmo but other Sesame Street puppets: Baby Sinclair, Clifford, Splinter and Hoots the Owl.
Elmo Saves Christmas
'Santa Claus Is Coming to Town'
'Santa Claus Is Coming to Town' was the first song played on Eddie Cantor's radio show in December 1934; after the radio debut the single sold over 400,000 copies by Christmas. Country music singer Merle Haggard's version on his 2004 album, 'I Wish I Was Santa Claus,' has become a Christmas classic for kids.
Merle Haggard I Wish I Was Santa Claus
'Feliz Navidad'
While, "Feliz Navidad" means "Merry Christmas" in Spanish, the song's chorus "Feliz Navidad, próspero año y felicidad" includes a wish for a "prosperous year and happiness," making it a Happy New Years song as well!
'We Wish You a Merry Christmas (And a Looney New Year!)'
Looney Tunes
Dating all the way back to the sixteenth-century, 'We Wish You a Merry Christmas' lies in the English tradition where wealthy people of the community gave Christmas treats to the carolers on Christmas Eve -- including pies and puddings.
Looney Tunes Christmas Tunes
'Frosty the Snowman'
Centering around a magical snowman -- who comes to life with a magical hat and has adventures with the local children -- the song has been covered by not only Willie Nelson (in his 1979 Christmas album) but also Jackson 5 and The Beach Boys.
Willie Nelson Pretty Paper
'You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch'
Originally composed for a 1966 cartoon special 'How the Grinch Stole Christmas!', the lyrics were written by author Dr. Seuss and the song performed by Thurl Ravenscroft, not Boris Karloff (who served as the Grinch's speaking voice).
How The Grinch Stole Christmas
'Twelve Days of Christmas'
This kid's Christmas song is part of the soundtrack for the 1979 Christmas special 'John Denver and the Muppets: A Christmas Together,' which was never released in any video media format (VHS, laserdisc, or DVD).
John Denver and the Muppets Christmas Together
'Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer'
Based on the 1939 story written by Robert L. May, the song tells the tale of Santa Claus' lead reindeer, whose red-colored nose gives off a unique light used to help guide the sleigh.
Christmas With the Chipmunks
'Jingle Bells'
Hampton the Hampster
This dancing, cyber chipmunk (a sort of updated version of the 1950's Chipmunks) does a rendition of 'Jingle Bells,' as a bonus track. The kid's Christmas classic was first written in 1857 and was originally called 'One Horse Open Sleigh.'
Hampsterdance The Album
'The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don't Be Late)'
Ross Bagdasarian, Sr. (also known as David Seville) wrote this tune in 1958 especially for his high-pitched chipmunk creations: Alvin, Simon and Theodore. It spent four weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, becoming the only Christmas song to ever get that top spot. Our No. 1 kid's Christmas song was also featured in the beginning of Cameron Crowe's 'Almost Famous.'

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