Merry Christmas, drivers!
Here’s hoping the holiday is treating you right, whether you’re at home with or on the road making money. Here’s a little background music for you, a recap of the songs you voted on as Overdrive‘s Top Christmas songs, in descending order. Follow the song-title links for more about each tune’s history, shared during the last couple weeks’ countdown.
1. “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” originally recorded by Bing Crosby
2. “O Holy Night,” the classic carol with roots in 1800s Europe
3. “Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer,” by Randy Brook and performed by Elmo & Patsy
4. “Mary, did you know?” written originally in the 1980s, later performed by Kenny Rogers/Wynonna Judd, among others
5. “Silent Night,” the timeless Christmas carol written and first performed in early 1800s Austria
6. “White Christmas” pop classic performed by Bing Crosby and written by Irving Berlin
7. “Christmas in Dixie,” Alabama’s 1982 country-pop hit
8. “Santa’s Got a Semi,” by Keith Harling
9. “Jingle Bell Rock,” the early rock ‘n’ roll classic made popular by performer Bobby Helms in 1957
10. “You’re a mean one, Mr. Grinch,” written for the 1966 “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” TV special by Albert Hague and performed by Thurl Ravenscroft
11. “Carol of the Bells” traditional. Version below by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra