Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Deck the Halls with Songs

It’s that time of year when local and satellite radio stations deluge us with Christmas/holiday songs. Most of the songs played have been recorded many times over by various artists – this list includes the original artists and year recorded.
Here’s a couple of questions – just for some fun:

1. How many of these oldies but goodies do you      remember (without dating yourself)?
2. What are your favorites – even if not listed?
  • All I Want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth – Spike Jones and his City Slickers (1948)
  • Baby It’s Cold Outside –Margaret Whiting and Johnny Mercer (1949)
  • Believe (from The Polar Express) –Josh Groban (2004)
  • Blue Christmas – Elvis Presley (1957)
  • Boogie Woogie Santa Claus – Mabel Scott (1948)
  • Christmas in Killarney – Dennis Day (1950)
  • Christmas Island – The Andrews Sisters/Guy Lombardo and His Royal Canadians (1946
  • Dig That Crazy Santa Claus – Oscar McLollie & His Honey Jumpers (1954)
  • Do They Know It’s Christmas? – Band Aid (1984)
  • Dominick the Donkey (The Italian Christmas Donkey) –Lou Monte (1960)
  • Feliz Navidad – Jose Feliciano (1970)
  • Frosty the Snowman – Gene Autry/Class County Boys (1950)
  • Happy Holiday (from Holiday Inn) – Bing Crosby (1942)
  • Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas (from Meet Me in St Louis) – Judy Garland (1949)
  • Happy Xmas War is Over (So This is Christmas) – John Lennon/Yoko Ono (1971)
  • Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane) – Gene Autry (1947)
  • Holly, Jolly Christmas – Burl Ives (1964)
  • I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus – Jimmy Boyd (1952)
  • I’ll Be Home for Christmas – Bing Crosby (1943)
  • It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas – Perry Como and the Fontane Sisters (1951)
  • It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year – Andy Williams (1963
  • Jingle Bell Rock – Bobby Helms (1957)
  • Jingle Bells – Benny Goodman and His Orchestra (1935
  • Little Drummer Boy – Harry Simeone Chorale (1958)
  • Little St Nick – Beach Boys (1963)
  • Mele Kalikimaka – Bing Crosby with the Andrews Sisters (1950)
  • Merry Christmas, Darling – The Carpenters (1970)
  • Nuttin’ for Christmas – Art Mooney and his Orchestra (1955)
  • Pretty Paper – Roy Orbison (1963)
  • Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree – Brenda Lee (1958)
  • Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer – Gene Autry & The Pinafores (1949
  • Santa Baby – Eartha Kitt (1954)
  • Hey Santa – Carnie & Wendy Wilson (1993)
  • Santa Bring My Baby Back to Me – Elvis Presley (1957)
  • Santa Claus Got Stuck in My Chimney – Ella Fitzgerald (1950)
  • Santa Claus is Coming to Town – Eddie Cantor (1934 radio)
  • Silver Bells – Bing Crosby (1950)
  • (Simply Having) A Wonderful Christmastime – Paul McCartney (1979)
  • Sleigh Ride  – Leroy Anderson (1950; he composed it in 1946) Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops (1949)
  • Snoopy’s Christmas – The Royal Guardsmen (1967)
  • Snow, Snow, Snow (from White Christmas) – Bing Crosby, Rosemary Clooney, Danny Kaye, Vera-Ellen (1954)
  • The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don’t Be Late) – The Chipmunks (1958)
  • The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting) – Nat King Cole (1946 and 1953)
  • The Christmas Waltz – Frank Sinatra (1954)
  • The Man with All the Toys – Beach Boys (1964)
  • We Need a Little Christmas (from Mame) – Angela Lansbury and Cast (1966)
  • We Wish You the Merriest – Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra with Fred Waring & the Pennsylvanians (1964)
  • White Christmas – Bing Crosby (1942)
  • You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch – Thurl Ravenscroft (1966)
  • You're All I Want for Christmas – Frankie Laine (1948)
  • Zat You Santa Claus? – Louis Armstrong & the Commanders (1953)
Keep singing – soon these songs will be put away for another year.


possum said...

Well, Bah Humbug to me, I guess... I remember most of them, don't like any of them particularly... NPR is more my style this time of year... no silly songs but loads of awesomely beautiful music. I am a classical music person. As a kid I belonged to our school's Chorale group - most of our Christmas songs were sung in Latin. I remember starting in Sept to learn the parts for the Messiah. We got bonus credit in Freshman Latin class for that!
My Christmas favorites - Ave Maria and O Holy Night.

Anonymous said...

I can say that I´ve heard 23 of them, perhaps more since I´m a bit unsure of some titles.

It´s strange but I just can´t remember the name on my favorite christmas song??? I can sing it out loud but just can´t remember the name :-) :-) :-) It´s a duet but I can´t remember the artists either :-) :-) :-)

Have a Good Yule!

Lois Evensen said...

Ha! We are singing them all there among the palm trees. It's pretty funny to sing about snow down here. ;)))

But, we are all in the Christmas spirit even without snow.

Merry Christmas!

Out on the prairie said...

Listened to a lot on my families Hi-Fi.

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

Possum, certainly agree that many Christmas melodaies are beautiful in Latin, but hard for all to remember the words. I also had it in high school and can't recall a bit, although I do recall the Catholic services sounded wonderful.

Christer, I've been hearing most of these over and over this holiday season thanks to the satellite radio subscription we bought this year. Special favorites include Sanata Baby (Eartha Kitt), Wonderful Christmas (Paul McCartney), Believe and classics like White Christmas, Silver Bells. Let me know if you ever think of the song you can't remember. And Merry Christmas to you too!

Lois, bet you are not laughing about missing the snow back in your home area. Thanks for the visit today and stay warm (ha ha).

Steve, we did the same in the days of LPs and I can still remember what the covers looked like for the Perry Como and Bing Crosby albums. Still remember most of the words to songs on those LPs too - Merry Christmas!

Country Mouse Studio said...

Sad to say I think I've heard them all, oh dear. Have a wonderful Christmas both you and your family.

Rusty said...

Well, there are quite a few I don't recognize at all - but it's NOT the older ones. Oh oh!

Have a very Merry Christmas.

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

Thanks Carole, we have heard them all too this holiday season and while we do like many of them, it's time to put them to rest until next season. Merry Christmas to you and yours!

Hi Rusty, thanks for the visit and comment. Merry Christmas to you too!

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