You know that song you hear all the time, especially around Christmas? A song that has appeared in TV commercials, in movies and on TV shows, and even in weddings and at funerals and you probably have no idea what it is called or who composed it? Well, my guess is that it may be this one — Johann Pachelbel‘s Canon in D Major — a piece of music that was composed by German baroque composer Johann Pachelbel sometime in the 17th century and that is commonly known as simply Pachelbel’s Canon.
Well, in recent years, a Christmas song by the American progressive rock band Trans-Siberian Orchestra was released that will sound just as familiar to you.
Called ‘Christmas Canon‘, the song is set to the tune of Pachelbel’s Canon, but with new lyrics added.
It was a massive hit when it was released in 2004 and, since then, it has also been showing up on the soundtrack of TV shows, including on the latest episode of The Vampire Diaries — Season 8, Episode 7, “The Next Time I Hurt Somebody It Could Be You“.
It was played on The Vampire Diaries as Damon says he and Steafan need a theme song, and as Stefan becomes less than human as they leave Mystic Falls and the Ripper returns.
It’s an interesting piece too, as it’s more of a choral piece sung by a children’s choir than it is a typical Trans-Siberian Orchestra number. Innocent, but also a little creepy. In my book at least.
Watch and listen to it in the video below. See what I mean?