Christmas Song Chords and Lyrics

Learn Holiday Carols on Guitar

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Whether they admit it or not, everyone loves taking part in a good Christmas song singalong. The tricky part is learning all the dozens of classic Christmas carols in advance of those carolling sessions. The following pages will help you find lyrics and chords for common and rare Christmas songs. Unless otherwise noted, each of the following Christmas songs includes lyrics and guitar chords.

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"Auld Lang Syne"

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Roughly translated as "old long since", this traditional New Year's anthem is based on an 18th century Scottish poem by Robert Burns.

The song was not originally intended to be used on New Year's Eve — it wasn't until Guy Lombardo included the song in his popular NYE radio show in New York City that it became associated with the holiday. Fans of the Beach Boys will know their great 1964 recording on the "The Beach Boys' Christmas Album."

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"Feliz Navidad"

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Written in 1970 by Puerto Rican singer José Feliciano, it has become not only his signature song but one recognized across the world. Written in both Spanish and English, Feliz Navidad is an upbeat new holiday classic. Since its release, the song has been recorded by Celine Dion, Boney M and many more.

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"Jingle Bell Rock" Chords — the correct chords and lyrics for Christmas Carols

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"Jingle Bell Rock" is a modern Christmas song written by Joseph Carleton Beal and James Ross Boothe for American country music singer Bobby Helms. This song is significantly trickier to play than most other Christmas songs, but guaranteed to put any crowd in the holiday spirit.

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"Little Drummer Boy"

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"The Little Drummer Boy" was written by classical music composer Katherine Kennicott Davis in 1941. Among the most popular versions of the song is a 1977 recording of "The Little Drummer Boy" pairing the unlikely duo of David Bowie and Bing Crosby.

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"Must Be Santa"

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This Christmas novelty song was written in 1960 by Hal Moore and Bill Fredericks, first made popular by Mitch Miller. Although based on a German beer drinking song, it's turned into a more family-friendly Christmas favorite over the years. 

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"O Christmas Tree"

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Based on a 16th-century Silesian folk song by early Baroque era composer Melchior Franck. This folk song, titled "Ach Tannenbaum" ("oh, fir tree") was the basis for new lyrics written in 1824 by German teacher, organist, and composer Ernst Anschütz. Not previously considered to be a holiday song, the two new verses added by Anschütz made explicit references to Christmas.

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"O Holy Night"

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This French Christmas carol was created by Adolphe Adam in 1847. The hymn created by Adam was based on the poem "Minuit, chrétiens" written by the atheist poet, Placide Cappeau. Although performed by everyone from Destiny's Child to Andrea Bocelli, one of the signature recordings of the carol was by opera singer Tenor Enrico Caruso in 1916.