If Amazon.com are to be believed, this Christmas record is the “all-time greatest”…
… however, according to WCBS the top 100 Christmas songs are:
But then again, I would probably plump for this rather eclectic mix, put together by About.com:
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.
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.
“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.
6. “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” – U2 (1987)
“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.
7. “Jingle Bell Rock” – Billy Idol (2006)
“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.
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.
9. “Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer” – NSYNC (1998)
“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.