Playlist

Holiday Songs from Smithsonian Folkways

Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
Around the world and throughout history, people celebrate holidays with music. With the weather getting colder in the and the days getting shorter in the Northern hemisphere, people often turn to tradition, family, and music to lighten their lives in the middle of winter. In this playlist, listen to songs of Christmas, Hannukah, and Kwanza. Many well-known and well-loved Christmas carols are here, including several sung in different languages. There is a French recording of "Angels We Have Heard On High" and a German "Silent Night". There are lesser-known recordings too, like a bluegrass "Little Drummer Boy" and a Hannukah song by Woody Guthrie. Enjoy the music of the holiday season and hear why these songs and themes resonate year after year.
Song Artist Album
Oh, What a Beautiful City (Twelve Gates to the City)
Pete Seeger · Traditional Christmas Carols
Pete Seeger Traditional Christmas Carols 3:24
Hanukkah Dance
Woody Guthrie · Hard Travelin': The Asch Recordings, Vol. 3
Woody Guthrie Hard Travelin': The Asch Recordings, Vol. 3 1:25
Stille Nacht, Heilige Nacht
Ernst Wolff · German Christmas Songs
Ernst Wolff German Christmas Songs 2:15
The Little Drummer Boy
Roger Sprung · Progressive Bluegrass, Vol. 3
Roger Sprung Progressive Bluegrass, Vol. 3 3:32
Christmas is A-Coming (Chicken Crows at Midnight)
Lead Belly · Lead Belly Sings for Children
Lead Belly Lead Belly Sings for Children 1:07
Les Anges, Dans Nos Campagnes
Hélène Baillargeon · French Christmas Songs: Chants de Noël
Hélène Baillargeon French Christmas Songs: Chants de Noël 2:17
Hava Nagila (Let Us Rejoice)
Rakhel Hadass · Songs of Israel
Rakhel Hadass Songs of Israel 2:21
Kwanza Time
Ella Jenkins · Holiday Times
Ella Jenkins Holiday Times 1:30
Viv le Vent
Hélène Baillargeon · French Christmas Songs: Chants de Noël
Hélène Baillargeon French Christmas Songs: Chants de Noël 0:59
Bright Morning Stars are Rising
The Seeger Sisters · American Folk Songs for Christmas
The Seeger Sisters American Folk Songs for Christmas 1:50
12 Days of Christmas
Alan Mills · Christmas Songs from Many Lands
Alan Mills Christmas Songs from Many Lands 3:35
O Tannenbaum
Ernst Wolff · German Christmas Songs
Ernst Wolff German Christmas Songs 1:07
What Child is This?
Pete Seeger · Traditional Christmas Carols
Pete Seeger Traditional Christmas Carols 1:49
Gung Hay Fat Choy
Ella Jenkins · Holiday Times
Ella Jenkins Holiday Times 0:17
Sao Chegados Os Trez Reis (The Three Kings Have Arrived)
Unspecified · Christmas Songs of Portugal
Unspecified Christmas Songs of Portugal 3:29
Nu Ha Vee Yuligen
Gene Bluestein · Songs of the North Star State
Gene Bluestein Songs of the North Star State 1:19
Sint Nicolaas Potpourri (St. Nicholas Medley)
Mieke and Nina · Greetings from Holland
Mieke and Nina Greetings from Holland 5:12
Joseph and Mary (The Cherry Tree Carol)
The Seeger Sisters · American Folk Songs for Christmas
The Seeger Sisters American Folk Songs for Christmas 2:18
Harmonica for Hanukkah
Ella Jenkins · Songs Children Love to Sing
Ella Jenkins Songs Children Love to Sing 1:51
Rise Up, Shepherd, and Follow
Pete Seeger · Traditional Christmas Carols
Pete Seeger Traditional Christmas Carols 1:40
Mary Had a Baby
The Seeger Sisters · American Folk Songs for Christmas
The Seeger Sisters American Folk Songs for Christmas 2:26