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"Feliz Navidad" is a Christmas song written in 1970 by the Puerto Rican singer-songwriter José Feliciano. With its simple Spanish chorus (the traditional Christmas/New Year greeting, "Feliz Navidad, próspero año y felicidad" meaning "Merry Christmas, a prosperous year and happiness") and equally simple English verse "I wanna wish you a Merry Christmas from the bottom of my heart", it has become a classic Christmas pop song in the United States, throughout the Spanish-speaking world and internationally.

Feliciano's version of "Feliz Navidad" (in which he plays both an acoustic guitar and a Puerto Rican cuatro) is one of the most downloaded and aired Christmas songs in the United States and Canada. The addition of the horns as a final touch was the idea of producer Rick Jarrard. It was also recognized by ASCAP as one of the top 25 most played and recorded Christmas songs around the world.

The Wiggles sing this song on their Wiggly, Wiggly Christmas album and video.

Song Lyrics and Transcript from Wiggly, Wiggly Christmas 1997

Anthony: These are our friends, Iggy, Ziggy and Frank. Merry Christmas, guys.

Iggy: Merry Christmas, Anthony.

Anthony: All over the world in the moment, people are celebrating Christmas. And all over the world people have different ways of saying "Merry Christmas". In Central Australia, the Native people say "Equata" for "Merry Christmas". Uh, in Italy, people say...

Iggy: Bon Natalie.

Anthony: They do too, Iggy. They say "Bon Natalie". And uh, well, in Spanish speaking countries, people say, um, what do they say?

Iggy: Hey, Anthony, Anthony, Anthony. "Feliz Navidad".

Anthony: "Feliz Navidad." Merry Christmas, everybody.

Iggy: Merry Christmas, everybody. Feliz Navidad.

Greg: Feliz Navidad, Feliz Navidad

Feliz Navidad. Prospero año y felicidad.

Feliz Navidad, Feliz Navidad

Feliz Navidad. Prospero año y felicidad.

I want to wish you a Merry Christmas,

I want to wish you a Merry Christmas,

I want to wish you a Merry Christmas from the bottom of my heart.

Iggy: Merry Christmas, everybody. La-la-la-la-la. Happy New Year.

Greg: I want to wish you a Merry Christmas,

I want to wish you a Merry Christmas,

I want to wish you a Merry Christmas from the bottom of my heart.

Feliz Navidad, Feliz Navidad

Feliz Navidad. Prospero año y felicidad.

Feliz Navidad, Feliz Navidad

Feliz Navidad. Prospero año y felicidad.

I want to wish you a Merry Christmas,

I want to wish you a Merry Christmas,

I want to wish you a Merry Christmas from the bottom of my heart.

Greg, Jeff and Murray: Feliz Navidad, Feliz Navidad

Feliz Navidad. Prospero año y felicidad.

Feliz Navidad, Feliz Navidad

Feliz Navidad. Prospero año y felicidad.

Iggy: Merry Christmas, everybody. Feliz Navidad. (laughing)

Trivia

  • For the 1997 version, the audio of the introduction was edited together while being distorted.
  • The audio of the introduction for this song with Anthony and the iguanas was re-recorded for the 1999 re-release. Anthony speaks in a lower tone.

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