The signature toll of church bells on Christmas morn is enough to bring a tear to the eye and for this very reason the season and its music has tended to have an affinity for that distinctive sound. You'll find mention of bells on Christmas songs that don't feature the actual sound of bells, most famously on the Pogues classic 'Fairytale of New York' which describes the bells ringing out for Christmas Day.
You can trace the close link between Christmas and bells back to the 1863 carol ‘I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day’ which has been covered by many artists down through the years including Johnny Cash and the version included on this playlist by Frank Sinatra. Since then bells has been incorporated into the Christmas experience through standards such as 'Jingle Bells', 'Silver Bells' and 'Jingle Bell Rock'. Each has a charm that is integral to the season, whether it be the euphoric nature of Brenda Lee's 'Ring Those Christmas Bells' or the sacred sound of 'Carol of The Bells' by Johnny Mathis.
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