10 Best Christmas Movies Music!
I don’t know about you, but I love movie soundtracks! They add so much magic to some movies! The emotions get enhanced, the acting becomes more believable, and every each moment turns into a memorable scene if the film has the right music playing in the background. And the movie doesn’t necessarily have to be a musical for me to love the score.
Of course, it is almost Christmas time, so today I’ll be reviewing the music score of some of the most famous Christmas movies. You can watch them at home, or simply buy the soundtrack to play it during Christmas Eve, while your kids open the presents, or when decorating the Christmas tree.
1. Meet me in St Louis
Let’s begin with a classic! This 1944 musical is not exactly a Christmas movie, although its climax takes place during Christmas, it sends the message that love and family are more important than money, and it features Judy Garland’s unforgettable performance of “Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas”, a song that deserves a place in any Christmas playlist! Other songs included in the soundtrack are “The boy next door”, and “The trolley song”.
2. It's a Wonderful Life
From one classic to another! From its release in 1946, this movie from Frank Capra features TV screens all over America every Christmas season. Although it wasn’t a hit at the box office, the film was acclaimed by critics and received five Oscar nominations. The responsible for the original music score was Russian composer Dimitri Tiomkin, who would later get to win four Academy Awards for his work in other films.
Not every Christmas movie needs to be sweet and tender! This dark comedy was directed by Joe Dante and written by Chris Columbus (who would become an authority on Christmas movies later on, see below). This one is definitely scary and you shouldn’t watch it with your toddlers or preschoolers (an 11-year-old would love it, though!) Because the movie takes place during Christmas, its soundtrack features some songs such as “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” performed by Darlene Love, or “Make it shine”, by Quaterflash, but I prefer the original theme song which is a bit spooky, yet funny with the Gremlins’ voices!
4. Home Alone
In 1990, with this movie starred by a young and adorable Macaulay Culkin, and hilarious thieves Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern, Chris Columbus injected new life into the Christmas movie industry. Do we need to mention it was a success? The film became the highest-grossing live-action comedy, a record that it held for over 20 years. Although it’s not a musical, most of its magic comes from the original score by the great John Williams and the prominence of traditional Christmas songs, such as “O holy night”.
5. The Muppets Christmas Carol
In 1992, Brian Henson featured as a director in which would become an all-family classic Christmas movie. The plot of the film is not new, as it is based on Charles Dickens’ short story “A Christmas Carol” which has had countless adaptations. The songs were written by Paul Williams and the original score is from Miles Goodman and it was a great success!
6. Jingle All The Way
In this 1996 family comedy, Arnold Schwarzenegger leaves aside his action roles and becomes a concerning father who would do anything to get his little boy the Christmas gift he wants. The movie soundtrack includes an original score by David Newman, and some timeless pieces by the Brian Setzer Orchestra, along with “The most wonderful time of the year” by Johny Mathis, and “The Christmas song” by Nat King Cole.
7. The Nightmare Before Christmas
Ok, so we may discuss if the stop-motion, dark fantasy film directed by Tim Burton belongs into a Christmas list or it would rather suit a Halloween soundtrack better. In any case, the music by Danny Elfman is delightful! Not only it made it to the US 200 Billboard, it also received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Original Score.
8. Love, actually
For those of you who are sharing Christmas with your significant other, or who prefer rom-coms to the usual comedy featuring a big old bearded Santa, this movie has become a classic mainly for its all-star cast, but also because its great soundtrack, that features among others, “The trouble with love is” by Kelly Clarkson, “Christmas is all around”, performed by Bill Nighy himself, and the beautiful cover of “All I want for Christmas is you” that Olivia Olson performs in one of the most important scenes of the film.
If you had fun with Will Ferrell as a human being who grew up believing to be one of Santa’s elves, you’ll want to get the soundtrack. But even if you found the premise of the movie a bit silly, you’ll still love the playlist that contains classics from Ella Fitzgerald, The Carpenters, Michael Bublé, Frank Sinatra, Chuck Berry, and Bruce Springsteen.
10. The Polar Express
Ever since its release in 2004, this animated film -starring Tom Hanks as different characters- also offers a beautiful Christmas playlist. “The polar Express” and "Hot Chocolate" are performed by Hanks himself, and you also get “Believe”, by Josh Groban, that received an Oscar nomination; “When Christmas Comes to Town", “White Christmas”, and “Santa Claus is coming to town”, all times Christmas classics by true legends such as Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra.
Bonus Track: Die Hard
For many, this too is a Christmas movie! Ok, so it’s full of gunshots, chases, terrorists, blood, and Bruce Willis kicking butt, yet it also takes place during Christmas, and the soundtrack includes songs such as “Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow”, Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy”, and “Christmas in Hollis”, so it’s worth mentioning it!
Which is your favorite Christmas movie? And do you have a favorite Christmas movie soundtrack as well? Here in Nabi Music, we wish you the best for the upcoming Christmas season!