Where would Christmas be without snow and for that matter where would Christmas music be without it?
The Carpenters – Sleigh Ride
Jesse Winchester – Snow
The Raveonettes – The Christmas Song
Frank Sinatra – Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!
Enya – Amid The Falling Snow
Johnny Duncan – Footprints In The Snow
Bing Crosby – White Christmas
Laura Marling – Goodbye England (Covered in Snow)
Pinky & Perky – Snowy White Snow & Jingle Bells
Ray Charles – Winter Wonderland
Belle & Sebastian – Fox In The Snow
There are plenty of places around the world that aren’t graced by snowflakes in December but its presence makes everything feel a lot more Christmassy. So for today’s white celebration we’ve uncovered the best songs ever recorded about the white fluffy stuff so you can curl up under the duvet as it gently falls outside. And they don’t come much cuter than Rosemary Clooney’s song from 1951 ‘Suzy Snowflake’ which was also turned into a short stop-motion cartoon of the same name.
For the most part this collection is full of familiar artists like Ray Charles, Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby but you might find the most fun in the ones you don’t know. Like Danish band the Raveonettes whose song has graced several Christmas adverts and why not given its simple theme of lights, Santa, love and of course snow. Glasgow’s Belle & Sebastian are similarly fey in their approach and their tinkling of the ivories could just be the perfect antidote to the noise all around over the holidays.
For those of you who’ve never heard of Pinky & Perky you are in for a real treat. The TV puppets from kids TV in the UK released a album of Christmas songs in the 1969 and in many ways it was an attempt to challenge the Chipmunks foray into festive music matters. Most of the songs were retreads of old favourites but ‘Snowy White Snow & Jingle Bells’ was a bolt from the blue (it had been released in 1949 by Dorothy Squires and her Orchestra) and marked the album’s true highlight. This is just one of the many snowflakes of delight you’ll hear on this collection.