Christmas is a sensual experience. It smells like pine and cinnamon and tastes of smoked ham and marzipan. Christmas sounds like carols. Here is the best in Christmas music from movie soundtracks. It would be impossible to list all the best holiday classics and Christmas carols. Suffice to listen to these holiday movie soundtracks to get that Christmas glow.
“The Polar Express” For Christmas movie soundtracks, this film based on the book by Chris VanAllsburg has some of the loveliest. The Polar Express soundtrack features beautiful Christmas music. Some songs have become holiday classics. Chart-topper Josh Groban’s hit single “Believe” comes from the Polar Express, as does the children’s lament “When Christmas Comes to Town” (Matthew Hall and Meagan Moore). There’s also the foot tapping Duke Ellington style swing jazz piece “Hot Chocolate” sung by Tom Hanks. And when the Polar Express arrives at the North Pole, it’s greeted by Steven Tyler of Aerosmith singing “Rockin’ on Top of the World.” The soundtrack also features popular holiday classics Christmas carols favorites like Bing Crosby, Perry Como, Kate Smith and The Andrews Sisters.
“A Christmas Carol”(1984 George C. Scott) For most Dickensian Christmas music and best chorale movie soundtracks, this one has it all. A Christmas Carol” soundtrack features Christmas carols and favorite holiday classics from Great Britain, like “The Holly and the Ivy” and “On Christmas Day.” The music score was written by Nick Bicat. The songs are primarily boys’ choir pieces under the direction of Tony Britten. Finding the actual movie soundtrack is a little tricky, but if you purchase the DVD, the soundtrack is on it.
“The Bells of St.Mary’s” is not a Christmas movie nor does it contain specifically Christmas music. The Bells of St. Mary’s is usually found in the holiday classics section. It features music by Bing Crosby and Jimmy VanHuesen. The nun’s chorus, with Bing Crosby sings a gorgeous rendition of “O Sanctissima” and the lovely school anthem “The Bells of St. Mary’s.” “Aren’t You Glad You’re You?” won Jimmy Vanheusen an Oscar but the prettiest song is “In the Land of Beginning Again” which sounds a lot like an Ivor Novello number.
“Libera” (or the St. Phillips Boys Choir)This British boys’ choir has several CDs out now, the first of which is “Angel Voices.” Libera sings liturgical pieces, Christmas carols and holiday classics. Libera Christmas music is used on movie soundtracks. Trans-Siberian Orchestra “Christmas Canon” and “Carol of the Bells” from their CDs The Lost Christmas Eve and Christmas Eve and Other Stories is gloriously decadent Christmas music and used on different movie soundtracks.
For best Christmas music from cartoon holiday classics, the movie soundtracks for “Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer” (Rankin-Bass), “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” and “The Little Drummer Boy” can’t be beat. “The Island of Misfit Toys”, “Silver and Gold” “Dahoo Dores” and “The Little Drummer Boy” have become Christmas carols.