by Henry Smith
Staff writer

A wide variety of Stuart students were asked their favorite holiday songs. A consensus among students has named the following songs the most popular within their respective categories.

Christmas Rock: Jingle Bell Rock
Jingle Bell Rock is a Christmas song produced by Bobby Helms in Chicago in 1957.

Peaceful: Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas is a heart-warming Christmas song, originally recorded by Judy Garland in 1944, this song has remained popular for decades after release. Pentatonix and Josh Groban have released new recordings of this song in the last three years.

Classic: It’s The Most Wonderful Time of The Year
It’s The Most Wonderful Time of The Year immediately comes to mind for many as the classic example of Christmas music. Recorded in 1963 by Andy Williams, shoppers hear this song frequently in shops, on the radio and as background music for commercials.

Country: Santa Baby
Although this is not a classic country song, our students voted it most popular in this category. With its jazzy sound and catchy lines, Santa Baby  has been a hit for decades. It was recorded in 1953 by Eartha Kitt and Henri Rene and his symphony in New York City.

Gospel: Joy to The World
Joy to The World, a classic Christmas gospel song, was written by Isaac Watts in 1719 and based on passages of scripture in the Bible. In 1979, it was the most published Christmas hymn in North America.

Movie Songs: Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer
Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer was recorded along with the 1947 release of the movie “Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer.” Within the first week of release, Rudolph had smashed box office records and was popular with people of all ages across the country.