The Most Popular Christmas Music Instrumentals

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The most popular Christmas music instrumentals include classics like “Sleigh Ride,” “White Christmas,” and “Winter Wonderland.”


Christmas carols and songs have been around for centuries, with the first known mention of Christmas music appearing in a 4th century Roman work called “Carmen Astrologicum.” Since then, Christmas music has evolved and changed drastically, with different styles and genres becoming popular in different eras. However, one thing has remained constant throughout the years: the popularity of Christmas instrumentals.

There are a wide variety of Christmas instrumental songs out there, from traditional pieces like “Silent Night” and “Joy to the World” to more modern takes on classics like “Carol of the Bells” and “O Come, All Ye Faithful.” No matter what your taste in music is, there’s sure to be a Christmas instrumental that you’ll enjoy.

To help get you into the holiday spirit, we’ve compiled a list of some of the most popular Christmas instrumentals. Whether you’re looking for something to play in the background during your holiday party or you want to find a new favorite Christmas song, this list has something for everyone.

The Nutcracker Suite by Tchaikovsky

The Nutcracker Suite by Tchaikovsky is one of the most popular pieces of Christmas music ever written. The suite was originally written for the ballet The Nutcracker, which premiered in 1892. The ballet was not particularly successful, but the suite has since become one of the most popular and beloved pieces of classical music. It is often performed by orchestras and choirs during the Christmas season.

Sleigh Ride by Leroy Anderson

“Sleigh Ride” is composed by Leroy Anderson and was first recorded in 1949. The best-known recording was made in 1950 by Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops Orchestra. “Sleigh Ride” has become one of the most popular pieces of Christmas music ever written and is a staple of holiday season broadcasts, concerts, and gatherings.

The tune prominently features the sound of a whip cracks and horse hooves, along with sleigh bells. The lyrics, written by Mitchell Parish in 1950, tell the story of a group of people on a sleigh ride through the snow. The song’s popularity has led to numerous cover versions by artists from a variety of genres, including Ray Conniff, Johnny Mathis, the Ronettes, Dolly Parton, Alvin and the Chipmunks, Jackie Wilson, and Lucifer (TV series).

A Charlie Brown Christmas by Vince Guaraldi

One of the most popular and beloved Christmas albums of all time is A Charlie Brown Christmas by jazz pianist Vince Guaraldi. The album was released in 1965 and has been a staple of holiday music ever since. It features some of the most iconic and recognizable Christmas tunes, such as “Linus and Lucy,” “Christmas Time is Here,” and “O Tannenbaum.” If you’re looking for some classic holiday music to put you in the festive spirit, look no further than A Charlie Brown Christmas.

The Polar Express by Alan Silvestri

The Polar Express is the most popular Christmas movie of all time, and for good reason. It’s a heartwarming story about a young boy who takes a magical journey to the North Pole on a train called the Polar Express. Of course, the movie wouldn’t be complete without its iconic soundtrack, which was composed by Alan Silvestri.

The Polar Express is so popular that it has even inspired its own holiday parade at Disneyland. The float features a replica of the train, complete with holiday lights and decorations. It’s truly a sight to see!

If you’re looking for some festive holiday music to get you in the Christmas spirit, look no further than The Polar Express soundtrack. It’s sure to put a smile on your face and get you feeling all warm and fuzzy inside.


In conclusion, it is evident that there are many different types of Christmas music instrumentals that are popular among people of all ages. No matter what your personal preference is, there is sure to be a Christmas instrumental that you will enjoy. Whether you prefer the classics or something a little more modern, there is an instrumental out there for you. So, get in the holiday spirit and start listening to some of the most popular Christmas music instrumentals today!

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