The Top Ten Christmas Records Of All Time

If are to be believed, this Christmas record is the “all-time greatest”…

… however, according to WCBS the top 100 Christmas songs are:

Rank Song Artist

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1 White Christmas Bing Crosby
2 The Chipmunk Song The Chipmunks
3 Rudolph, The Red Nosed Reindeer Gene Autry
4 I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus Jimmy Boyd
5 Jingle Bell Rock Bobby Helms
6 The Christmas Song Nat King Cole
7 Snoopy’s Christmas The Royal Guardsmen
8 Here Comes Santa Claus Gene Autry
9 Little Drummer Boy Harry Simeone Chorale
10 Donde Esta Santa Claus Augie Rios
11 Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree Brenda Lee
12 You’re All I Want For Christmas Brook Benton
13 Baby’s First Christmas Connie Francis
14 Santa Claus Is Coming To Town Bruce Springsteen
15 Home For The Holidays Perry Como
16 Santa Claus Is Coming To Town Four Seasons
17 Do They Know It’s Christmas Band Aid
18 Happy Christmas (War is Over) John Lennon and Yoko Ono
19 May You Always Harry Harrison
20 Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer Elmo and Patsy
21 Jingle Bell Rock Chubby Checker & Bobby Rydell
22 Jingle Bells Singing Dogs
23 Frosty the Snowman Gene Autry
24 Merry Christmas Darling The Carpenters
25 Little St. Nick The Beach Boys
26 Please Come Home For Christmas Charles Brown
27 It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas Perry Como & The Fontaine Sisters
28 Feliz Navidad José Feliciano
29 Santa Baby Eartha Kitt
30 Do You Hear What I Hear Bing Crosby
31 Blue Christmas Elvis Presley
32 Run Rudolph Run Chuck Berry
33 (Sleep in Heavenly Peace) Silent Night Barbra Streisand
34 Nuttin’ for Christmas Barry Gordon
35 Wonderful Christmastime Paul McCartney
36 Step Into Christmas Elton John
37 The Christmas Waltz Frank Sinatra
38 All I Want For Christmas is My Two Front Teeth Spike Jones
39 Please Come Home For Christmas The Eagles
40 Amen The Impressions
41 Monsters’ Holiday Bobby ‘Boris’ Pickett
42 Holly Jolly Christmas Burl Ives
43 Give Love on Christmas Day The Jackson Five
44 Dominick, The Italian Christmas Donkey Lou Monte
45 White Christmas The Drifters
46 It’s Christmas Everywhere Paul Anka
47 Gee Whiz, It’s Christmas Carla Thomas
48 Christmas Dragnet Stan Freberg & Daws Butler
49 Sleigh Ride – (Instrumental) Arthur Fiedler & The Boston Pops
50 Pretty Paper Roy Orbison
51 Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) Darlene Love
52 If It Doesn’t Snow on Christmas Gene Autry
53 What Christmas Means To Me Stevie Wonder
54 Marshmallow World Dean Martin
55 Winter Wonderland Aretha Franklin
56 Merry, Merry Christmas Baby Margo Sylvia & The Tuneweavers
57 Frosty the Snowman The Ronettes
58 Christmas Auld Lang Syne Bobby Darin
59 Jingle Bells (Instrumental) Booker T and The MG’s
60 Silver Bells Johnny Mathis
61 Merry Christmas All Denise Montana
62 Rudolph, The Red Nosed Reindeer The Melodeers
63 Santa Claus is Coming To Town The Crystals
64 Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas Frank Sinatra
65 Sleigh Ride The Ventures
66 The Most Wonderful Time of The Year Andy Williams
67 Peace on Earth/Little Drummer Boy David Bowie and Bing Crosby
68 Winter Wonderland Darlene Love
69 Happy Holidays Steve Lawrence & Eydie Gorme
70 Kissin’ By The Mistletoe Aretha Franklin
71 The Man With All The Toys The Beach Boys
72 The Twelve Days of Christmas Ray Conniff Singers
73 Here Comes Santa Claus Bob B. Soxx & The Blue Jeans
74 We Need A Little Christmas Percy Faith Orchestra
75 Last Christmas George Michael & Wham
76 Silent Night The Temptations
77 We Wish You The Merriest Bing Crosby & Frank Sinatra
78 White Christmas Darlene Love
79 Santa Claus Is Watching You Ray Stevens
80 This Christmas Donny Hathaway
81 A Christmas Long Ago The Echelons
82 Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow Dean Martin
83 Sleigh Ride The Ronettes
84 Mistletoe and Holly Frank Sinatra
85 It’s Christmas Once Again Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers
86 ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas Fred Waring & The Pennsylvanians
87 This Time of Year Brook Benton
88 Parade of The Wooden Soldiers The Crystals
89 Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree Dion
90 Chrissy, The Christmas Mouse Debbie Reynolds & Donald O’Connor
91 Marshmallow World Darlene Love
92 Christmas Serenade Johnny Maestro & The Brooklyn Bridge
93 Christmas Ain’t Christmas The O’Jays
94 You’re My Christmas Present Jimmy Beaumont & The Skyliners
95 I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus The Ronettes
96 I Believe in Father Christmas Greg Lake
97 Someday At Christmas Stevie Wonder
98 Merry Christmas Baby Otis Redding
99 Santa Claus Is Coming To Town Frank Sinatra & Cyndi Lauper
100 Bells of St. Mary Bob B. Soxx & The Blue Jeans

But then again, I would probably plump for this rather eclectic mix, put together by

1. “Happy Xmas (War Is Over)” – John Lennon (1971)

John Lennon - Happy Xmas (War Is Over)Courtesy Apple Records

One of Beatle John Lennon’s dreams in the music industry was to create a classic Christmas song. Undoubtedly, he was successful with the song “Happy Xmas (War Is Over)” that is simultaneously a holiday song and plea for world peace.

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2. “The Christmas Song” – Nat King Cole (1961)

Nat King Cole - Christmas SongCourtesy Capitol

Co-written by singer Mel Torme, “The Christmas Song” became one of the defining performances of the career of Nat King Cole. He recorded the song at least 3 times of which the 1961 recording is often considered the best. Sometimes the song is referred to as “Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire” from the lyrics in the song’s first line.

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3. “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” – Judy Garland (1944)

Meet Me in St. LouisCourtesy MGM

This song was introduced by Judy Garland in a poignant moment in the 1944 movie musical Meet Me In St. Louis. The filmmakers complained that the first version of the song’s lyrics was too depressing and commissioned a rewrite that became the most popular interpretation.

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4. “O Holy Night” – Celine Dion (1998)

Celine Dion - These Are Special TimesCourtesy Columbia

“O Holy Night,” composed in 1847, has become a favorite carol for solo vocal performances. Celine Dion applied the huge sound of her voice to the classic song on the 1998 collection These Are Special Times.

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5. “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town” – Bruce Springsteen and Bon Jovi (2003)

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“Santa Claus Is Coming to Town” was written in 1934 and first performed on the Eddie Cantor radio show. It was an instant hit. Bruce Springsteen’s live version of the song has been a seasonal rock radio favorite. Bruce Springsteen and Bon Jovi collaborate in a live performance of the song for an Asbury Park, New Jersey reunion concert.

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6. “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” – U2 (1987)

Various Artists - A Very Special ChristmasCourtesy A&M

“Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” was first recorded by Darlene Love in 1963 for the legendary Phil Spector album A Christmas Gift for You from Phil Spactor. U2 put together their cover of the song for the 1987 Special Olympics benefit A Very Special Christmas.

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7. “Jingle Bell Rock” – Billy Idol (2006)

Billy Idol - Happy HolidaysCourtesy Bodog Music

“Jingle Bell Rock” was first released by Bobby Helms in 1957. It became a hit and has become a Christmas standard. Billy Idol recorded a version for his 2006 album Happy Holidays.

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8. “The Little Drummer Boy” – David Bowie and Bing Crosby (1977)

David Bowie and Bing Crosby - Little Drummer BoyCourtesy RCA

Katherine K. Davis composed “Little Drummer Boy” in 1941. It was popularized in an arrangement by the Harry Simeone Chorale. An animated TV special was created based on the song’s story in 1968. David Bowie and Bing Crosby collaborated for a version televised on a Bing Crosby Christmas special in 1977.

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9. “Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer” – NSYNC (1998)

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The story of Rudolph, Santa’s 9th reindeer, was created by Montgomery Ward employee Robert L. May in 1939. The story was adapted into song and turned into a hit by Gene Autry in 1949. Boy band NSYNC turned in their own jovial version in the late 1990’s.

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10. “White Christmas” – Bing Crosby (1942)

Bing Crosby - White ChristmasCourtesy MCA

“White Christmas” was introduced in the 1942 movie musical Holiday Inn. It went on to win an Academy Award for Best Song From a Motion Picture. Bing Crosby’s version from the film has sold over 50 million copies.


About stevehollier

Steve Hollier is the editor of AZ Magazine, an English language lifestyle magazine based in Baku, Azerbaijan. He began his career working for a firm of stockbrokers in the City of London then went on to attend the University of Essex where he was awarded an MA in Sociology in 1984. After a career in arts and cultural development work, he became a freelance arts consultant, writer and photographer.
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