#11 – David Foster – “Carol Of The Bells” – (1995)

This song is proof that instrumental Christmas music has the potential to be almost frightening. David Foster is a songwriter and composer and he did this song to promote yet another all-star Christmas album. Some of the best Christmas music is instrumental, case in point: Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite, (composed from 1891-92) most notably the “Russian Dance” (a favorite for use in trailers for family Christmas movies), the “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy,” and the “March.” And, although it has nothing to do with Christmas, I can’t help but associated Karl Jenkin’s “Palladio I, Allegretto” from his 1996 album Diamond Music – why? – because it was used in the DeBeers diamond commercials that played incessantly near Christmastime.