Jingle Bells

“Jingle Bells” is one of the most sung Christmas tunes in the world, although its lyrics vary from country to country (it’s also one of the most spoofed). It was written by James Lord Pierpont–for Thanksgiving–in remembrance of the sleigh races in his hometown of Medford, Massachusetts. He published the song, which he called “One Horse Open Sleigh,” in 1857–160 years ago–during a decidedly unsnowy fall in Georgia.

“Jingle Bells” was one of the first songs ever recorded for the newly invented Edison Gramophone in 1889 (no copies exist today), and in December, 1965, became the first song ever played from space during the Gemini 6 mission.

It’s popularity may have inspired the modern use of the term “jingle” to describe a catchy, commercial melody.

Here’s a delightful rendering of 17 Different Versions of Jingle Bells, performed by the relentlessly clever pianist and singer Tony DeSare:

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16 Responses to Jingle Bells

  1. M.B. Henry says:

    One of the most familiar songs, but I don’t think many people are familiar with its history. I know I wasn’t! Great share 🙂

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  2. Enjoyed the facts, thank you!

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  3. That video is hilarious! Love the Radiohead version!

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  4. landl30 says:

    Always love your detailed knowledge of stuff like this…
    Best for Christmas
    Len

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  5. Imelda says:

    Delightful video. 😊

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  6. Nancy Ruegg says:

    Wow. LOVE all those versions of Jingle Bells. That Tony DeSare is one talented guy. So glad you shared this, Mitch!

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  7. That was wonderful! Amazing and fun to hear Jingle Bells played in so many ways! We went around the world. 🙂

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  8. carhicks says:

    Thanks for sharing the history of this song. When i was teaching at a very multi-ethnic school, everyone could sing this one.

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  9. Oh, I LOVE the variety of renditions of “Jingle Bells” He’s hilarious! Thanks for the huge smile! 😀

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  10. toutparmoi says:

    Fun! And what a talent. I particularly liked the Radiohead version, too.

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