José Feliciano releases new version of ‘Feliz Navidad’ for 50th anniversary!

It’s a bilingual Christmas classic that has become as synonymous with the season as Jingle Bells and now Feliz Navidad is celebrating fifty years of bringing festive cheer to airwaves all over the world!

Five decades after composing it, José Feliciano tweeted his shock and delight that his track continues to be included in Christmas streaming playlists and Billboard charts.

The singer-songwriter is clearly thrilled with how far his ‘little carol’ has travelled and frequently retweets different covers of his festive hit.
He shared his emotions about the song turning fifty on Twitter recently, saying that, despite being famous for Christmas, November will always hold a special place in his heart.

The catchy song only contains 19 words – fourteen in English and six in Spanish – but has some how transcended languages to become a universally adored Christmas song!

Here’s a clip of the man himself singing it at a Christmas concert:

In the song, which is a nod to Feliciano’s Puerto Rican roots, the songwriter also managed to incorporate the cuatro, a guitar-like instrument, that is central to Puerto Rico’s holiday caroling tradition.

To celebrate the 50th anniversary, a new version of the song has been released featuring the vocal talents of Lin-Manuel Miranda, Shaggy and other artists!

Here’s a little taster of Shaggy doing his bit…

All together now, “I wanna wish you a Merry Christmas, I wanna wish you a Merry Christmas, I wanna wish you a Merry Christmas from the bottom of my hearrrrt!!!”

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