Turns out Elvis is the king of modern carols:
According to the latest data and certifications of the Recording Industry of America, Elvis’ Christmas Album, recorded by Elvis Presley (who else?) has shipped at least 13 million copies since its original release in 1957. That makes it the biggest-selling Christmas album of all time. The album has been re-issued and repackaged several times, and continues to be a perennial holiday best-seller. It sold three million copies upon its original release in 1957 and has sold an additional ten million copies in the various forms it has been reissued in.
Titi Nguyen surveys the history of Christmas songs:
The songs that most of us recognize as carols date back thousands of years. They were originally pagan songs sung during celebrations of fruitful harvests and seasonal solstices in Europe. During the early seventeenth century, after Christians adapted these songs to…
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