Christmas Canon

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About Christmas Canon

"Christmas Canon" is a Christmas song by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra (TSO) from their 1998 album The Christmas Attic. The song is set to the tune of Johann Pachelbel's Canon in D Major with new lyrics added. The style is a departure from TSO's usual rock arrangements, instead being performed in the style of a children's choir with light accompaniment from piano and strings. The group would later create a rock version of the song, entitled "Christmas Canon Rock" with Jennifer Cella on lead vocals, which debuted on their 2004 album The Lost Christmas Eve. As of November 25, 2016, total sales of the digital track stand at 918,000 downloads according to Nielsen SoundScan, placing it seventh on the list of all-time best-selling Christmas/holiday digital singles in SoundScan history. 


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Merry Christmas
Merry Christmas
Merry Christmas
Merry Christmas

(Merry Christmas) the joy that he brings
(Merry Christmas) the joy that he brings
(Merry Christmas) the joy that he brings
(Merry Christmas) the joy that he brings

This night
We pray
Our lives
Will show

This dream
He had
Each child
Still knows

This night
We pray
Our lives
Will show

This dream
He had
Each child
Still knows

This night 
We pray
Our lives
Will show

This dream 
He had
Each child
Still knows

This night
We pray
Our lives
Will show

This dream
He had
Each child
Still knows

On this night
On this night
On this very Christmas night

On this night
On this night
On this very Christmas night

On this night
On this night
On this very Christmas night

On this night
On this night
On this very Christmas night

On this night
On this night
On this very Christmas night

On this night
On this night
On this very Christmas night

On this night
On this night
On this very Christmas night

On this night
On this night
On this very Christmas night

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Trans-Siberian Orchestra

Trans-Siberian Orchestra (TSO) is an American progressive rock band founded in 1993 by producer, composer, and lyricist Paul O'Neill, who brought together Jon Oliva and Al Pitrelli (both members of Savatage) and keyboardist and co-producer Robert Kinkel to form the core of the creative team. Since then, TSO has sold more than 9 million concert tickets and over 8 million albums. The band's musical style incorporates classical, orchestral, symphonic, and progressive elements into hard rock and heavy metal. The band has released a series of rock operas: Christmas Eve and Other Stories, The Christmas Attic, Beethoven's Last Night, The Lost Christmas Eve (the final installment of their Christmas trilogy), and their two-disc Night Castle. Trans-Siberian Orchestra i… more »

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Written by: PAUL O'NEILL, PAUL F. O'NEILL

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10 facts about this song

Origins
"Christmas Canon" is a song by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra (TSO) from their 1998 album "The Christmas Attic". The band is best known for their merging of classical music with rock elements, creating a unique, dramatic sound.
Inspirations
The song is a rendition of Johann Pachelbel's Canon in D major with new lyrics added, specifically written for the Christmas holiday. The Canon in D major is one of the most famous pieces of music by Pachelbel, a German Baroque composer.
Rendition Style
Unlike most songs by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, "Christmas Canon" has a more soothing, melodic quality. It is one of their few compositions that does not involve elaborate light shows during performances, sticking to a more conventional and peaceful display.
Popularity
'Christmas Canon' became an instant hit, charting on the Billboard Hot 100. The song has remained a holiday favorite and is frequently played on radio stations during the Christmas season.
Vocal Range
The song is notably performed by a children's choir. TSO often invites local school choicesters to perform the song during their live shows, adding a local flavor to each performance.
Accolades
'Christmas Canon' peaked at No.1 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart in 2002. It was the first track from a seasonal album to achieve this feat.
Sequel
Trans-Siberian Orchestra, in 2008, released a sequel to the song titled "Christmas Canon Rock", featuring full electric instrumentation and a solo voice.
Timelessness
Over two decades later, 'Christmas Canon' still remains one of Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s most well-known and loved songs, proving its staying power and timeless appeal.
Youtube Views
The music video of "Christmas Canon" on Youtube has garnered over 45 million views, indicating its widespread popularity and reach.
Providing Back to Community
In 2020, during the COVID-19 pandemic, Trans-Siberian Orchestra held an online concert, where they performed their hits including the "Christmas Canon", donating a portion of ticket sales proceeds to charity.

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