Santa Claus certainly deserves his own playlist, he is after all the main man for at least one day every year and how many men can say that?
Louis Armstrong – Zat You, Santa Claus?
Rosemary Clooney – (Let’s Give) A Christmas Present To Santa Claus
Brenda Lee – I’m Gonna Lasso Santa Claus
Eartha Kitt – Santa Baby
Dolly Parton, Kenny Rogers – I Believe In Santa Claus
Gene Autry – When Santa Claus Gets Your Letter
Harry Connick, Jr. – (It Must’ve Been Ol’) Santa Claus
Clarence Carter – Back Door Santa
Brian Setzer – Boogie Woogie Santa Claus
Elvis Presley – Here Comes Santa Claus
The Ronettes – I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
Bruce Springsteen – Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
Chris Isaak – Hey Santa!
Sufjan Stevens – Get Behind Me, Santa
Jim Reeves – Senor Santa Claus
The Jackson 5 – Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
Gene Autry, The Pinafores – Santa
Eddy Arnold – Jolly Old Saint Nicholas
For everyone under 11 years old and lots of much older folk the man in red is a genuine hero. I mean how on earth does he get through so much work in such little time? He may spend most of the year preparing for Christmas Eve and his gift express extraordinaire, but with so many chimneys’ to navigate it’s a wonder that he returns to the task year on year. The man in red is one of the true icons of the season and this collection of songs honours his annual pilgrimage.
The playlist title has been lifted directly from Louis Armstrong’s classic of the same name. Louis had a great affinity for the season, you can tell as much from his festive attire involving a jolly red onesie and of course his trusted trumpet. Louis’s song has a delightful swagger and will illuminate any party you care to host over the season. Bruce Springsteen’s version of ‘Santa Claus Is Coming To Town’ is equally joyous and that is saying something given that it was recorded live and seemingly in an impromptu moment with the E Street band.
As befitting a man with rosy cheeks and giant pantaloons these Christmas songs are unmistakably jolly in their disposition. Things even get a little racy on occasion, especially when a purring Eartha Kitt reveals what she has planned for Father Christmas if he were to move a little closer. Similarly the Jackson 5’s ‘I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus’ hints at how Father Christmas might just have a roving eye and by extension roving lips.