Eight Good Christmas Songs ?? One of the 25 most played Christmas songs of all time, Jose Feliciano’s Feliz Navidad only has six Spanish and 13 English words in the entire lyric – but they sure get repeated a lot!
favourite Christmas song? – not this one!
If I had to choose a favourite Christmas song this would not be it. I’d go for The Pogues, Fairytale of New York, or Bruce Springsteen’s rendition of Santa Claus is Coming to Town or, maybe, Chris Rea’s, Driving Home for Christmas.
Having said that, I always feel it’s not really Christmas until I hear the dreadful strains of Feliz Navidad pounding the airwaves – and today it happened!
Jose Feliciano was born in Puerto Rico (one of ten brothers). He’s an accomplished guitarist and singer/songwriter. He has been blind since birth. He’s had hit records in Spanish and English.
In December 2009 a parody of Feliz Navidad entitled “The Illegal Alien Christmas Song” was created and posted on an Associated Press website in the US. It was sung in English and made fun of the stereotype of Latino immigrants as being heavy drinkers and spreaders of disease.
Jose was rightfully upset and said;
This song [Feliz Navidad] has always been a bridge to the cultures that are so dear to me, never as a vehicle for a political platform of racism and hate. It’s disgusting and my only wish that my song and I are distanced from the whole affair as soon as possible.
Jose received an apology from Associated Press and the song was removed it from the website.
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- Feliz Navidad is one of the 25 most played Christmas songs of all time.
- Released in 1970, Feliz Navidad has charted twice but not in the 70s! It charted first in 1998 and then in 2000.
- The highest position Feliz Navidad has ever reached on the US singles charts is #70 in 1998. In 2000 it peaked at #105.
- The words of Feliz Navidad are very simple: “Feliz Navidad, próspero año y felicidad” means simply, “Merry Christmas, prosperous year and happiness.” The English portion of the song says, “I wanna wish you a Merry Christmas from the bottom of my heart.”
- Jose’s version of Feliz Navidad is one of the most downloaded and aired Christmas songs in the United States and Canada.
- Feliz Navidad has been covered by many artists including, Celine Dion, David Hasselhoff, Moby, The Von Trapp Children, Boney M, The Wiggles, 1910 Fruitgum Company, and Michael Bublé.
- Feliz Navidad lyrics
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