As subtle as a flying brick.

Some traditional Jewish holiday music

Almost no traditional Christmas carols were written by Jews (though there have been rumors). But sometimes it seems like almost all the best 20th century Christmas songs were. Many people are dimly aware of this, but few know its full extent. I have compiled a list, with representative performances.

Wikipedia’s (ASCAP) list
of the top 25 most-performed holiday songs is loaded with Jewish
Christmas songs. The list of Jewish-written songs in the top 25 follows
(I may be missing some); links to YT performances:

1. The Christmas Song (“Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire”) – Mel Torme, Robert Wells
5. White Christmas – Irving Berlin
6. Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! – Sammy Cahn, Jule Styne
7. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer – Johnny Marks (also responsible for many second-tier Christmas songs)
9. I’ll Be Home For Christmas – Walter Kent, Kim Gannon, Buck Ram (at least two are Jewish)
11. Sleigh Ride – Leroy Anderson, Mitchell Parish (one Jew)
13. Silver Bells – Jay Livingston, Ray Evans
14. Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree – Johnny Marks
18. A Holly Jolly Christmas – Johnny Marks
22. (There’s No Place Like) Home for the Holidays – Bob Allen, Al Stillman (at least one Jew)
24. Santa Baby – Joan Ellen Javits, Philip Springer, Tony Springer (at least one Jew)

And here is a similar list (with slightly different rules for inclusion) that I had the misfortune of discovering after I did all the research for my own. It has brief discussions of the Jewishness of the various writers.

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