18 on the charts with their recording of "Jingle Bells." In 1951, Les Paul had a No. "Jingle Bells" has been performed and recorded by a wide variety of musical artists, including Louis Armstrong, The Beatles, The Chipmunks, Judy Collins, Nat King Cole (also using the melody at the end of his hit song "The Christmas Song"), Perry Como, Plácido Domingo, Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Jo Stafford, Spike Jones, Barry Manilow, The Million Dollar Quartet (Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, and Elvis Presley), NSync, Luciano Pavarotti, Laura Pausini, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, Frank Sinatra, Gwen Stefani, Barbra Streisand, Fats Waller, and Yello, among many others.In 1955, Don Charles, from Copenhagen, Denmark, recorded a novelty version with dogs barking to the melody of "Jingle Bells" as RCA 6344, and a version credited simply to "St.Jingle Bells The original 1857 "Jingle Bells" had a slightly different chorus featuring a more classical-style melody.The "I V vi iii IV I V I" chord progression is a common theme in classical music; except for the final two chord changes, the melody as originally written follows the same chord progression as Pachelbel's Canon; the tune would later become more closely associated with another Christmas song, “Jolly Old Saint Nicholas,” which appeared about twenty years after "Jingle Bells".
it became associated with Christmas music and the holiday season in general decades after it was first performed on Washington Street in Boston in 1857.Bjällerklang, bjällerklang, hör dess dingelidong Flingor som det virvlar om i munter vintersång Följ oss ut, följ oss ut, Blacken travar på I hans spår vår släde går där höga furor står Vi sitter under fällen och snön omkring oss yr Och inte förr'n till kvällen vi färden hemåt styr Bjällerklang, bjällerklang, hör dess dingelidong Flingor som det virvlar om i munter vintersång Bell clang, bell clang, hear its dingelidong Snow flakes that twirl around in joyous winter song Follow us out, follow us out, Blackie trots on In his trails, our sleigh goes where tall pines stand We sit under our pelt and the snow whirls around us And it is not until the evening, that we will be going home Bell clang, bell clang, hear its dingelidong Snow flakes that twirl around in joyous winter song James Lord Pierpont's 1857 composition "Jingle Bells" became one of the most performed and most recognizable secular holiday songs ever written, not only in the United States, but around the world.In recognition of this achievement, James Lord Pierpont was voted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.A plaque at 19 High Street in the center of Medford Square in Medford, Massachusetts commemorates the "birthplace" of "Jingle Bells," and claims that Pierpont wrote the song there in 1850, at what was then the Simpson Tavern.According to the Medford Historical Society, the song was inspired by the town's popular sleigh races during the 19th century. Otis Waterman, one of Pierpoint's friends, described the song as a "merry little jingle", which became part of its new name when published in 1859 under the revised title of "Jingle Bells, or the One Horse Open Sleigh." The song has since passed into the public domain.