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A Long-Awaited Holiday
Many adults and children look forward to Christmas. Christmas is the annual festival commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ, and it is something that brings people together, even many non-Christians who celebrate Christmas culturally.
As happens with many holidays and recurrences, Christmas is not only connotated by a religious and cultural meaning, but it also has a commercial aspect: exchanging gifts, giving Advent calendars to children, and organizing dinners on Christmas Eve are now part of the habits of many people. Making the Christmas tree is also one of the most widespread traditions.
You may celebrate Christmas religiously or culturally, but one thing unites everyone during this period: music. Christmas songs add more magic to this long-awaited moment of the year, and this article will list some of the best popular in Italy.
Top 10 Christmas Songs in Italian
- "Tu Scendi dalle Stelle" – Traditional Christmas Carol
- "Bianco Natale" – Cristina D'Avena
- "Astro del Ciel" – Laura Pausini
- "Oh Albero" – Traditional Christmas Carol
- "Caro Gesù Bambino" – Pier Quinto Cariaggi and Piero Soffici
- "A Natale Puoi" – Alicia
- "Ginge Rock" – Cristina D'Avena
- "Auguri di Buon Natale" – Traditional Christmas Carol
- "Alla Scoperta Di Babbo Natale" – Cristina D’Avena
- "Il Natale Arriva in Città" – Cristina D'Avena
1. "Tu Scendi dalle Stelle" – Traditional Christmas Carol
"Tu Scendi dalle Stelle," which means "You Come Out of the Stars," is one of Italy's most famous Christmas carols, composed by the bishop Alfonso Maria de' Liguori in 1754 to celebrate the birth of Jesus. It is common to find lyrics variations by different singers, being the Christmas carol part at all effects of the popular tradition.
2. "Bianco Natale" – Cristina D'Avena
"Bianco Natale" is the Italian version of the popular Christmas carol "White Christmas." The Russian-American songwriter Irving Berlin composed the song in 1942, while Bing Crosby sang its most popular version.
Several translations and adaptations of "White Christmas" have been performed worldwide. In Italy, the song is called "Bianco Natale," and many singers have sung it, including Cristina D’Avena, an Italian artist famous for having sung several Italian cartoon theme songs.
3. "Astro del Ciel" – Laura Pausini
"Astro del Ciel" is the Italian translation of one of the most famous Christmas carols worldwide: "Stille Nacht." The composition dates back to 1818 when Reverend Joseph Mohr decided to commemorate the birth of Jesus with this evergreen Christmas carol.
Like "White Christmas," the song has been translated and performed in several parts of the world: one of the most appreciated versions in Italy is sung by Laura Pausini, a famous pop singer.
4. "Oh Albero" – Traditional Christmas Carol
Another evergreen Christmas carol is "Oh Christmas Tree," originally written by the German composer Ernst Anschütz in 1924. The Italian translation of the song is "Oh Albero," and several performances have been made in the country, especially by children's choirs.
5. "Caro Gesù Bambino" – Pier Quinto Cariaggi and Piero Soffici
"Caro Gesù Bambino" is a 1960's Italian composition whose title means "Dear Jesus Child." The song is about a poor child who does not receive toys for Christmas as his father can't afford to buy them. The child is okay with not having toys: he only prays Jesus to come out of the sky and play with him, even without playthings.
6. "A Natale Puoi" – Alicia
The title means "You Can (Do It) at Christmas," and the song has an unusual origin: in fact, it was sung for the Christmas television commercials of a well-known Italian confectionery company. A piece born in 2005 for advertising purposes but which has now gained a predominant position in Italy, together with the most traditional Christmas carols.
7. "Ginge Rock" – Cristina D'Avena
"Ginge Rock" is the Italian version of an evergreen: "Jingle Bell Rock." The original song was sung by Bobby Helms in 1957 and composed by Joe Beal and Jim Boothe. One of the most famous performances of "Ginge Rock" in Italy was made by Cristina D'Avena.
8. "Auguri di Buon Natale" – Traditional Christmas Carol
"Auguri di Buon Natale" is the Italian translation of another popular Christmas carol: "We Wish You a Merry Christmas." The original song dates back to the XVI century, comes from West England, and has been covered and adapted multiple times.
9. "Alla Scoperta di Babbo Natale" – Cristina D’Avena
"Alla Scoperta di Babbo Natale" is the Italian title for Mori no Tonto Tachi, a 1984 Japanese anime set in Lapland and focused on Santa Claus and the gnomes who prepare gifts to send to children all over the world. Cristina d'Avena sings the cartoon theme, which is a popular Christmas song among Italian children.
10. "Il Natale Arriva in Città" – Cristina D'Avena
"Il Natale Arriva in Città" is the Italian translation for "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town," a popular American Christmas song composed in 1934 by Haven Gillespie. The Italian version is sung by Cristina d'Avena, who released it in a compilation of Christmas songs.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2022 Alessio Ganci