10 Classic Christmas Songs

1. Silver Bells by Bing Crosby


“Silver Bells” was composed by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans.  The first recorded version was by Bing Crosby and Carol Richards, released  in October 1950.
Fun Note:
“Silver Bells” started out as the questionable “Tinkle Bells.” Ray Evans said, “We never thought that tinkle had a double meaning until Jay went home and his wife said, ‘Are you out of your mind? Do you know what the word tinkle is?'”
This song was inspired by a tiny bell Livingston and Evans had on their work desk.


2. White Christmas by Bing Crosby

White Christmas” is an Irving Berlin song reminiscing about an old-fashioned Christmas setting.
The Guinness Book of World Records says that the version sung by Bing Crosby was the best-selling single of all time, with estimated sales in excess of 50 million copies worldwide.
Berlin wrote “White Christmas” in 1940, in  La Quinta, California, while staying at the La Quinta Hotel.
The first public performance of the song was by Bing Crosby, on his NBC radio show The Kraft Music Hall on Christmas Day, 1941.

3. Baby It’s Cold Outside by Margaret Whiting and Johnny Mercer

The recording by Margaret Whiting and Johnny Mercer was recorded on March 18 and released by Capitol Records. This is the most popular version that you hear.
Here are others who have recorded it also.
Dinah Shore and Buddy Clark 1949
Don Cornell and Laura Leslie 1949
Esther Williams and Ricardo Montalban 1949
Sammy Davis, Jr. and Carmen McRae 1957
Dean Martin & female chorus 1959
Ray Charles & Betty Carter 1961
Blossom Dearie & Bob Dorough 1979
Ray Charles & Dionne Warwick 1987
Sigourney Weaver & Buster Poindexter 1986
Barry Manilow & K.T. Oslin 1990
Bette Midler and James Caan 1991
Robert Palmer & Carnie Wilson 1992
Chris Colfer and Darren Criss (Glee) 2010
 

4. Rockin Around the Christmas Tree by Gene Autry

 
Gene also wrote Gene Autry (1907-1998) introduced Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer in 1949 and Frosty the Snowman in 1951; he also wrote Here Comes Santa Claus (1946)

5. Little Drummer Boy by Harry Simeone Chorale

“The Little Drummer Boy” was originally called, “Carol of the Drum”) was written by the American classical music composer and teacher Katherine Kennicott Davis in 1941.It was recorded in 1955 by the Trapp Family Singer and further popularized by a 1958 recording by the Harry Simeone Chorale.

The song was originally titled “Carol of the Drum” and was published by Davis as based upon a traditional Czech carol.

6. Home for the Holidays by Perry Como

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Home for the Holidays” is a popular song, commonly associated with the Christmas season although the lyrics are also applicable for Thanksgiving.
The music was written by Robert Allen, the lyrics by Al Stillman. The song was published in 1954.
The best-known recordings were made by Perry Como, who recorded the song twice. The first recording, done on November 16, 1954, was released as a single for Christmas, 1954, by RCA.Another classic by Perry Como is, “It’s Beginning to Look a lot like Christmas!”

7. Blue Christmas by Elvis Presley

“Blue Christmas” is a Christmas song written by Billy Hayes and Jay W. Johnson. It is a tale of unrequited love during the holidays and is a longstanding staple of Christmas music, especially in the country genre.

 
Elvis Presley cemented the status of “Blue Christmas” as a rock-and-roll holiday classic by recording it for his 1957 LP Elvis’ Christmas Album.

8. Jingle Bell Rock by Bobby Helms 

 
 

“Jingle Bell Rock” is a popular Christmas song first released by Bobby Helms in 1957. It has received frequent airplay in the United States during every Christmas time since then.

9. Holly Jolly Christmas by Burl Ives

 

“Have a Holly Jolly Christmas” is a Christmas album by American folk singer Burl Ives released by Decca Records in 1965.

 

10. Winter Wonderland 

“Winter Wonderland” was written in 1934 by Felix Bernard (music) and Richard B. Smith. Through the decades it has been recorded by over 150 different artists.

Dick Smith, from Pennsylvania,wrote he song after seeing Honesdale’s Central Park covered in snow. Smith had written the lyrics while he was in the West Mountain Sanitarium, being treated for tuberculosis.The West Mountain Sanitarium is located in Scranton, Pennsylvania.




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