Jingle Bells – The Best Instrumental Music for the Holidays

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Looking for some great holiday music to get you in the spirit? Check out our top picks for the best instrumental versions of “Jingle Bells”!


“Jingle Bells” is one of the best-known and commonly sung American Christmas songs in the world. It was written by James Lord Pierpont (1822–1893) and published under the title “One Horse Open Sleigh” in the autumn of 1857.

Although it has been claimed that “Jingle Bells” was originally written to be a Thanksgiving song, there is no evidence to support this claim. It is more likely that Pierpont wrote the song for a children’s sleigh-riding party he attended on Thanksgiving Day 1857.

The song’s success on both sides of the Atlantic was immediate, although it was several years before it became a Christmas standard. In October 1857, “Jingle Bells” was published again under the title “The One Horse Open Sleigh”, this time with the addition of lyrics by Pierpont’s brother-in-law, J.C. Hunt.

It is not known when or where Pierpont first composed the song that would become known around the world as “Jingle Bells”. One theory is that he wrote it in Medford, Massachusetts while visiting his father who was pastor there.

Another theory is that he wrote the song in Savannah, Georgia, while visiting his brother John who was living there at the time. In either case, “Jingle Bells” marks an important milestone in American musical history as one of the first popular songs to be written and published by an African American composer.

What is the best holiday instrumental music?

This is a tough question to answer definitively as there are so many great holiday instrumental pieces out there. However, if we had to narrow it down to just a few, our top picks would include “Jingle Bells” by James Pierpont, “The Nutcracker Suite” by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, and “A Charlie Brown Christmas” by Vince Guaraldi Trio.

Why is instrumental music the best for the holidays?

Instrumental music is the best for the holidays because it creates a festive and joyful atmosphere. It also sets the mood for celebrating and brings people together.

What are some of the best holiday instrumental songs?

Instrumental holiday music comes in many different styles, from traditional Christmas carols to more contemporary holiday pop songs. No matter what your taste, there’s sure to be an instrumental holiday song that you’ll enjoy.

Some of the most popular instrumental holiday songs include “Jingle Bells,” “Silent Night,” “Deck the Halls,” and “Sleigh Ride.” These classic Christmas songs are often played on the radio and at holiday parties. They’re also great for background music when you’re wrapping presents or decorating the tree.

If you’re looking for something a little more modern, there are plenty of great instrumental holiday songs to choose from as well. Pop songs like “All I Want for Christmas is You” and “Last Christmas” have been turned into beautiful instrumentals that are perfect for the holidays. These versions of popular Christmas songs are often played on the radio and at holiday parties as well.

No matter what your taste in music, you’re sure to find an instrumental holiday song that you’ll enjoy this holiday season.


We hope you enjoyed our collection of the best instrumental holiday music. Wishing you all the happiness your holiday can hold!

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