An old world playlist that may have you pining for the Christmases of your childhood.
Dean Martin – Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!
Doris Day – Winter Wonderland
Brenda Lee – Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree
Eartha Kitt – Santa Baby
Mahalia Jackson – Silent Night
Bing Crosby – White Christmas
Judy Garland – Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
Bobby Helms – Jingle Bell Rock
James Brown – Soulful Christmas
Tony Bennett – Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
Burl Ives – Holly Jolly Christmas
Elvis Presley – Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane)
Frank Sinatra – Mistletoe and Holly
Andy Williams – Sleigh Ride
Perry Como – It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas
Nat King Cole – The Christmas Song
Louis Armstrong – ‘Zat You, Santa Claus?
Ray Conniff – Christmas Bride
Depending on your age a classic Christmas song could well be something that was released in the 1980’s. Not for us though, the classic Christmas sound is one that originated in the 1940’s, 1950’s or 1960’s. Perhaps it was the onward march of advanced production techniques that robbed the more recent Christmas releases of that homespun warmth. Regardless, when it comes to the sound of ye olde festive times it is Christmas music of the mid-20th century that we hone in on.
And what a golden period it was with crooners such as Andy Williams, Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra, Perry Como and of course Bing Crosby treading the Christmas boards each year. And it wasn’t just on record either, with Crosby and Cole having their own TV shows that truly came into their own as December 25th drew closer. Bing big song ‘White Christmas’ deserves a place on any festive playlist with the Irving Berlin penned classic as intrinsic to the holiday experience as gift exchange and turkey.
Also worth mentioning is Nat King Cole’s reading of Mel Torme and Bob Wells’ ‘The Christmas Song’, a composition he returned to time and again with each of his 4 recordings making for essential holiday listening. And in a modern age of one-off (dollar chasing) Christmas singles isn’t it comforting to know that Andy Williams fastidiously ascribed to his Christmas mission by recording a full 7 different holiday albums. It’s no wonder he proclaimed the season to be ‘the most wonderful time of the year’.