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I'LL BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS (Kim Gannon / Walter Kent / Buck Ram) Bing Crosby & The John Scott Trotter Orch. - 1943 Perry Como (with Mitchell Ayres' Orch.). On October 4, 1943, Crosby recorded "I'll Be Home for Christmas" with the John Scott Trotter Orchestra for Decca Records. Within about a month of its being. I'll be home for Christmas; You can plan on me. And presents on the tree. Christmas eve will find me. Where the love light gleams.
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I’ll be home for Christmas
You can count on me
Please have snow and mistletoe
And presents under the tree

Christmas Eve will find me
Where the love light beams
I’ll be home for Christmas
If only in my dreams

Christmas Eve will find me
Where the love light beams
I’ll be home for Christmas
If only in my dreams
If only in my dreams

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I'll Be Home For Christmas - lyrics

I'll be home for christmas;
You can plan on me.
Please have snow and mistletoe
And presents on the tree.

Christmas Eve will find me
Where the love light gleams.
I'll be home for Christmas
If only in my dreams.

(Won't you please have snow and mistletoe
And presents under the tree for me)

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Bing Crosby

Christmas Eve will find me
Where the love light gleams.
I'll be home for Christmas
If only in my dreams.

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There are two types of people in the world: Those who listen to Christmas music before Thanksgiving ... and Grinches. Fine, that's not exactly true, but there's just something magical about Christmas songs — the nostalgia, the traditions, the feeling that can only be described as jolly — that just set the mood. So, even if you're the type to wait until after Turkey day, if you're decorating the house, trimming the tree, wrapping gifts or just in the mood to relax and want to listen to some of your holiday favorites, we've created a playlist of the best Christmas songs of all time.

The list, which ranges from 1942 to today, has a little bit of everything. There are the old, classic favorites you look forward to hearing every year. There are the under-the-radar, modern Christmas songs that should be classics, but haven't been around long enough yet to reach that status. There are country Christmas songs that add a bit of twang to the holiday. And, of course, there's Mariah, because no playlist would be complete without her. Throw these all on your playlist, and you'll put modern Christmas radio stations to shame.

Источник: https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/holidays/christmas-ideas/g2680/christmas-songs/

"White Christmas," Bing Crosby

Written by Irving Berlin for the 1942 classic, Holiday Inn, "White Christmas" stands as the best-selling single of all-time and with good reason. Between Bing Crosby's silky vocals and Berlin's keen sense of nostalgia, this is one of those rare cases when only the original do.

"Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," Frank Sinatra

Nobody knew how to tackle a mid-tempo affair like Ol' Blue Eyes, who took this low-key Judy Garland number from Meet Me in St. Louis, shuffled the lyrics around, and emerged with a fedora-full of holiday gold (or should we say platinum?)

"The Christmas Song," Nat King Cole

One of the the most famous Christmas songs of all time, this is just one of the tracks proving Nat King Cole is the King of Christmas. Although, has anyone ever actually roasted chestnuts on an open fire?

"Santa Claus is Comin' to Town," Bruce Springsteen

They don't call him The Boss for nothing. When Springsteen tells you to be "good for goodness sake," you listen.

"All I Want for Christmas Is You," Mariah Carey

It just wouldn't be a roundup of Christmas songs without this iconic Mariah Carey rendition. Go ahead and sing along, but leave the high notes to the diva herself.

"Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree," Brenda Lee

While most 13-year-olds were busy opening Easy-Bake Ovens and G.I. Joes on Christmas morning in1958, Brenda Lee was belting away on a future Christmas classic that would go on to sell 25 million copies. Needless to say, no holiday is complete without a rousing rendition of this while waiting for Santa to come squeezing down the chimney.

"Run Rudolph Run," Chuck Berry

Best known as the backdrop for Home Alone's iconic airport scene, "Run Rudolph Run"—an uptempo boogie from the actual father of American rock n' roll (sorry Elvis)—is the perfect antidote for the Christmas caroler who could never keep Dasher and Dancer straight.

"Merry Christmas Darling," Carpenters

Missing someone this holiday season? Allow the Carpenters' crooning to comfort you.

"Wonderful Christmastime," Paul McCartney

Though critics have described McCartney's festive holiday tune as "mediocre," we beg to differ.

"Believe," Josh Groban

Some of the most iconic Christmas songs come from the soundtracks of movies. Case in point: Josh Groban's "Believe," which was featured in The Polar Express.

"You're A Mean One, Mr. Grinch," Thurl Ravenscroft

With colorful insults ("You have termites in your smile, you have all the tender sweetness of a seasick crocodile") and the unmistakeable deep tone of voiceover actor Thurl Ravenscroft—who was also the voice of Frosted Flakes' Tony the Tiger for nearly fifty years—this is a Christmas classic.

"Silent Night," The Temptations

What do you get when you combine one the oldest (and most beautiful) Christmas classics on earth with the world's most famous soul group? Fireworks and waterworks, that's what.

"Blue Christmas," Elvis Presley

Sometimes you can't make it home for the holidays, no matter what you do. In those moments—whether stuck behind your desk or stranded in some god forsaken airport terminal—let "Blue Christmas" (and maybe a shot whiskey) keep you company.

"Christmas Time is Here", Vince Guaraldi Trio

One of the most wonderful parts about the holidays is that they allow for equal parts joyful, boisterous celebration and quiet, thoughtful reflection. For the latter, a mellow tune like this one is perfect.

"Jingle Bells," Frank Sinatra

"I love those j-i-n-g-l-e bells!" Don't you? Apologies in advance–this will probably be stuck in your head well into the new year.

"Carol of the Bells," Trans-Siberian Orchestra

Prefer an instrumental track? Put on this dramatic orchestral version of the classic "Carol of the Bells."

"Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer," Elmo & Patsy

To the dismay of some traditionalists, this comical Christmas track has truly become holiday mainstay. Plus, it serves as a cautionary tale. Be careful of that eggnog, or risk suffering the same fate as Grandma...

"Baby, It's Cold Outside," She & Him

You certainly can't fault Frank Loesser's original, but the "cat-and-mouse" lyrics have become undeniably tone-deaf by today's standards. Enter She & Him, the folk collaboration of Zooey Deschanel and singer-songwriter M.Ward, who, with a simple flip of the gender roles, provides a simple-yet-refreshing update.

"Deck the Halls," Nat King Cole

What better song to hum along to as you decorate the tree? When in doubt, "fa la la" it out.

"The First Noel," Andy Williams

If it's a nostalgic soundtrack you seek, Andy Williams's signature vocals will surely deliver.

"The Twelve Days of Christmas," Perry Como

While this is certainly a Christmas playlist must-have, we're not so sure what to make of someone's true love sending them that many birds. Keep the turtledoves; the golden rings will do just fine.

"Mele Kalikimaka," Jimmy Buffett

Mr. Margaritaville himself, Jimmy Buffett earns a spot in the holiday rotation with his predictably balmy take on "Mele Kalikimaka". Meaning "Merry Christmas" in Hawaii's indigenous dialect, this 1996 classic—drenched in syrupy slide guitar and served poolside—is a must-play for every Parrothead on your list this season.

"Winter Wonderland," Michael Bublé

Old-school singers really staked their claim on the holiday music genre. From Bing Crosby and Nat King Cole, to Andy Williams and Dean Martin, there's a reason the originals can't be beat. Or so we thought until Mr. Bublé entered the scene with his silky smooth vocals. His holiday tracks are bonafide modern classics that give the original crooners a run for their money.

"O' Tannenbaum," Vince Guaraldi Trio

Feeling a little bit down this holiday season? Don't worry, it happens to the best of us. In those melancholy moments, as the snow flits quietly down in the dark, throw on Vince Guaraldi's iconic "O' Tannenbaum" and remember ol' Charlie Brown picking out the saddest, loneliest tree in the lot.

"Happy Xmas (War is Over)," John Lennon

One part Christmas carol, one part protest song, "Happy Xmas (War is Over)" differs from most of the songs on this list by challenging listeners to hope for more than just a happy holiday for their loved ones. And while written specifically in response to the Vietnam War, that message still rings loud and clear today.

"Christmas in Hollis," Run-DMC

Sampling "Frosty the Snowman," "Jingle Bells," and "Joy to the World," Run-DMC crafted in "Christmas in Hollis" the ultimate modern holiday song: A technicolor myriad of cultures, influences, and beliefs rapped, wrapped, and slapped with a bow.

"Jingle Bell Rock," Bobby Helms

There's nothing like this classic from Bobby Helms to really get the office holiday party jumping! Except, perhaps, for a cup of that Jingle Juice...

"Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer," Gene Autry ft. The Pinafores

If you've ever seen 1964's iconic made-for-TV movie Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, then this one needs no introduction. If not, then consider this spoiler-heavy title track your holly, jolly Cliffs Notes.

"Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow!," Harry Connick, Jr.

Is there a more timeless lyric in the Christmas canon than "oh the weather outside is frightful/but the fire is so delightful"? Just don't question its authenticity, however, as writer Sammy Cahn originally penned this snowbound classic in the middle of a sweltering July heatwave in Hollywood. Wishful thinking, right?

"It's Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas," Perry Como

No matter what version of this annual holiday harbinger you're spinning this season, the online comments section will always look the same: Christmaholics from around the world writing in to declare "I can listen to this any time of year!" And if that isn't an official Santa notary stamp, we don't know what is.

"It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year," Andy Williams

Regardless of whether winter is your favorite season or if Christmas is your favorite holiday, you can't deny that this is one good tune.

"Sleigh Ride," The Ronettes

From those first notes of those bells and the neigh of that horse, this is one of the most iconic holiday jams. The holiday genre is largely male-dominated, but The Ronettes absolutely sleigh-ed this track.

"A Holly Jolly Christmas," Burl Ives

Honestly, we're not convinced Burl Ives wasn't Santa Claus himself moonlighting as a singer. The resemblance is pretty clear, and telling people to "have a holly jolly Christmas" is definitely something Santa would do.

"Do They Know It's Christmas?," Band Aid

Featuring 40 artists including Paul McCartney, Sting, George Michael, Boy George, Phil Collins, and Bono, this all-star collaboration was penned in response to famines in Ethiopia. The lyrics, though stark, serve as a reminder that it's important to have perspective and be grateful, especially around the holidays.

"Santa Baby," Eartha Kitt

Although Madonna's version is indeed a solid choice, no one can resist the dulcet tones (and immense talent) of Eartha Kitt.

"Last Christmas," Wham!

This iconic '80s hit seems transcends the holidays. Who could blame you for listening to this heartbreak anthem year-round?

"Feliz Navidad," José Feliciano

It doesn't matter if you opted for Latin in high school and don't speak a lick of Español, you know what "feliz navidad" means. And you love the song.

"I'll Be Home for Christmas," Dean Martin

For those who have been missing someone, there is no better thoughtful tune than this Dean Martin classic.

"Here Comes Santa Claus," Gene Autry

Someone once said, "May you never be too grown up to search the skies on Christmas Eve." We'd like to add: May you never be too grown up to believe it when you hear Gene Autry heralding Saint Nick's arrival.

"O Come All Ye Faithful," Nat King Cole

You don't necessarily have to be the said "faithful" to enjoy Cole's melodic rendition of this Christmas classic.

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I'll Be Home for Christmas

For other uses, see I'll Be Home for Christmas (disambiguation).

The original 1943 release by Bing Crosby with John Scott Trotter and His Orchestra on Decca, 18570A

"I'll Be Home for Christmas" is a Christmas song written by the lyricist Kim Gannon and composer Walter Kent and recorded in 1943 by Bing Crosby, who scored a top ten hit with the song. Originally written to honor soldiers overseas who longed to be home at Christmas time, "I'll Be Home for Christmas" has since gone on to become a Christmas standard.[1][2]

Theme[edit]

The song is sung from the point of view of a soldier stationed overseas during World War II, writing a letter to his family. In the message, he tells the family he will be coming home and to prepare the holiday for him, and requests snow, mistletoe, and presents on the tree. The song ends on a melancholy note, with the soldier saying, "I'll be home for Christmas, if only in my dreams".[3][2] The flip side of the original recording (Decca 18570B) was "Danny Boy" [4]

Writing and copyright[edit]

The song was written by the lyricist Kim Gannon and composer Walter Kent. Songwriter and later producer and manager for The Platters, Buck Ram, who said he previously wrote a poem and song with the same title, was credited as a co-writer of the song following a lawsuit brought by Ram's publisher, Mills Music.[5] Bing Crosby's original 1943 release of the song on Decca Records listed only Walter Kent and Kim Gannon as the songwriters on the record label. Later pressings added the name of Buck Ram to the songwriting credit.

Bing Crosby recording[edit]

On October 1, 1943, Crosby recorded the song under the title "I'll Be Home for Christmas (If Only in My Dreams)", with the John Scott Trotter Orchestra for Decca Records;[6] it was released as a 78 rpm single, Decca 18570A, Matrix #L3203, and reissued in 1946 as Decca 23779. Within a month of release, the song charted for 11 weeks, with a peak at number three. The next year, the song reached number 16 on the charts.[7]

The U.S. War Department also released Bing Crosby's performance of "I'll Be Home for Christmas" from the December 7, 1944, Kraft Music Hall[8] broadcast with the Henderson Choir, J.S.T., on V-Disc, as U.S. Army V-Disc No. 441-B and U.S. Navy V-Disc No. 221B, Matrix #VP1253-D5TC206.[9] The song from the broadcast has appeared in many Bing Crosby compilations.

The song touched the hearts of Americans, soldiers and civilians alike, in the midst of World War II, and it earned Crosby his fifth gold record. "I'll Be Home for Christmas" became the most requested song at Christmas U.S.O. shows.[2] The GI magazine Yank said Crosby "accomplished more for military morale than anyone else of that era".[1]

1945 V-Disc release by the U.S. Army of "White Christmas" and "I'll Be Home for Christmas" by Bing Crosby as No. 441B

Despite the song's popularity with Americans at the front and at home, in the UK the BBCbanned the song from broadcast, as the Corporation's management felt the lyrics might lower morale among British troops.[10][2]

Seventy-seven years after its original release, Bing Crosby's "I'll Be Home for Christmas" debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 chart (at number 50 on the chart dated January 2, 2021).[11]

Charts[edit]

Notable history and cover versions[edit]

Elvis Presley recorded the song in September 1957, and was featured on the LP, Elvis' Christmas Album.

Singer Johnny Mathis also covered the song on his Merry Christmas album in 1958, which was the #2 Christmas album of 1963 and 1964 as there were no Christmas album rankings prior to 1963. In December 1965, astronauts Frank Borman and Jim Lovell, while on Gemini 7, requested "I'll Be Home for Christmas" be played for them by the NASA ground crew.[18] Since the incarnation of the BillboardHot 100 chart in 1958, cover versions by American singers Kelly Clarkson and Josh Groban are the only versions of the song to enter the chart.

Kelly Clarkson version
Michael Bublé version
Brian McKnight version
Pentatonix version
Seth MacFarlane version
Josh Groban version
Reba McEntire version
Rascal Flatts version
Sara Evans version
Elvis Presley and Carrie Underwood version
Camila Cabello version

References[edit]

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Sources[edit]

Bing Crosby

Albums
  • Music of Hawaii (1939)
  • Victor Herbert Melodies, Vol. One (1939)
  • Patriotic Songs for Children (1939)
  • Cowboy Songs (1939)
  • Victor Herbert Melodies, Vol. Two (1939)
  • George Gershwin Songs, Vol. One (1939)
  • Ballad for Americans (1940)
  • Favorite Hawaiian Songs (1940)
  • Christmas Music (1940)
  • Star Dust (1940)
  • Hawaii Calls (1941)
  • Small Fry (1941)
  • Crosbyana (1941)
  • Under Western Skies (1941)
  • Song Hits from Holiday Inn(w/ Fred Astaire) (1942)
  • Merry Christmas (1945)
  • Selections from Going My Way (1945)
  • Selections from The Bells of St. Mary's (1946)
  • Don't Fence Me In (1946)
  • The Happy Prince (1946)
  • Selections from Road to Utopia (1946)
  • Bing Crosby – Stephen Foster (1946)
  • What We So Proudly Hail (1946)
  • Favorite Hawaiian Songs, Vol. One (1946)
  • Favorite Hawaiian Songs, Vol. Two (1946)
  • Blue Skies(w/ Fred Astaire) (1946)
  • Bing Crosby – Jerome Kern (1946)
  • St. Patrick's Day (1947)
  • Bing Crosby – Victor Herbert (1947)
  • Selections from Welcome Stranger (1947)
  • Our Common Heritage (1947)
  • El Bingo (1947)
  • The Small One (1947)
  • The Man Without a Country (1947)
  • Drifting and Dreaming (1947)
  • Blue of the Night (1948)
  • Selections from Showboat (1948)
  • The Emperor Waltz (1948)
  • St. Valentine's Day (1948)
  • Bing Crosby Sings with Al Jolson, Bob Hope, Dick Haymes and the Andrews Sisters (1948)
  • Selections from Road to Rio (1948)
  • Bing Crosby Sings with Judy Garland, Mary Martin, Johnny Mercer (1948)
  • Bing Crosby Sings with Lionel Hampton, Eddie Heywood, Louis Jordan (1948)
  • Auld Lang Syne (1948)
  • A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court (1949)
  • Bing Crosby Sings Songs by George Gershwin (1949)
  • South Pacific (1949)
  • Christmas Greetings (1949)
  • Ichabod – The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (1949)
  • Top o' the Morning / Emperor Waltz (1949)
  • Songs from Mr. Music (1950)
  • Go West Young Man (1950)
  • Le Bing: Song Hits of Paris (1953)
  • Some Fine Old Chestnuts (1954)
  • Selections from White Christmas (1954)
  • Bing: A Musical Autobiography (1954)
  • High Tor (1956)
  • A Christmas Sing with Bing Around the World (1956)
  • High Society(w/ Frank Sinatra, Grace Kelly, and Louis Armstrong) (1956)
  • Songs I Wish I Had Sung the First Time Around (1956)
  • Bing Sings Whilst Bregman Swings (1956)
  • Bing with a Beat (1957)
  • A Christmas Story (1957)
  • Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves (1957)
  • Never Be Afraid (1957)
  • Jack B. Nimble – A Mother Goose Fantasy (1957)
  • New Tricks (1957)
  • Fancy Meeting You Here( w/ Rosemary Clooney) (1958)
  • How the West Was Won (1959)
  • Bing & Satchmo(w/ Louis Armstrong) (1960)
  • 101 Gang Songs (1960)
  • Holiday in Europe (1960)
  • The Road to Hong Kong (1962)
  • On the Happy Side (1962)
  • On the Sentimental Side (1962)
  • I Wish You a Merry Christmas (1962)
  • Reprise Musical Repertory Theatre (1963)
  • Return to Paradise Islands (1963)
  • Bing Crosby Sings the Great Country Hits (1963)
  • America, I Hear You Singing(w/ Frank Sinatra and Fred Waring) (1964)
  • 12 Songs of Christmas(w/ Frank Sinatra and Fred Waring) (1964)
  • That Travelin' Two-Beat(w/ Rosemary Clooney) (1965)
  • Bing 'n' Basie(w/ Count Basie) (1972)
  • A Couple of Song and Dance Men(w/ Fred Astaire) (1975)
  • Seasons (1977)
  • Bing Crosby: The Voice of Christmas (1998)
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If there is one thing that is constant in this world, it is that the day after Halloween marks a multi-month-long non-negotiable stream of holiday music in just about every public place that has speakers. From coffee shops to convenience stores, your car radio to your dentist’s waiting room, there’s no escaping the unsolicited visions of silver bells ringing and sugar plums dancing in your ear drums. We're just days away, folks.

But not all holiday music is bad. Actually, some of the new albums are actually, well, good. But if you're not looking for entire collections, but rather a smattering of songs to throw on a playlist—songs just with a bit more refined taste—we’ve got you covered. Go mull some wine, start up the fire, and crank your home speakers high enough to drown out your neighborhood carolers’ off-key rendition of “Christmas Shoes.” These are the best Christmas songs of all time.

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"God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" by Hozier

All there is to say about this is that it's Hozier. If the man read me my credit card bill every month, I'd pay it with chill vibes and good spirits.

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"Christmas Don't Be Late" by Norah Jones

Norah Jones and The Chipmunks feels like an uncomfortable pairing, but Jones's jazzy, slowed down take on the (whiney) classic is refreshingly nostalgic and modern at the same time.

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"If We Make It Through December" by Pistol Annies

No one is ever going to match the brilliance of the original, but the Pistol Annie's do a stripped back version of the track that's breathtaking in its own way.

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"Christmas Isn't Canceled (Just You)" by Kelly Clarkson

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That title may make your eye twitch a bit (I think we're all done with the word), but the cut from Clarkson's new holiday album is a brilliantly upbeat take on the holiday break up song. Once you've had enough listens to Dolly's "Hard Candy Christmas," pivot to this bad boy.

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"Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" by Manchester Orchestra

Lean into the sad boy vibes this holiday season with a toned down version of "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" from Manchester Orchestra. The track dials back the nostalgia and focuses solely on the wistful emotions behind the lyrics to the point that it nearly becomes a melancholic lullaby.

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"The Christmas Song” by Nat King Cole

    Is it bold for a track title to self-proclaim as the Christmas song? Yes. Is roasting chestnuts a fairly outdated tradition that doesn’t actually taste very good in practice? Also yes. But, this iconic tune deserves all of the liberties it takes and more. Nat King Cole’s warm vocals paired with the romantic string accompaniment make for as sweet a combo as Santa’s cookies and milk.

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    “Feliz Navidad” by José Feliciano

      A great unifier not only for its bilingual lyrics but also for its universal charm, José Feliciano’s “Feliz Navidad” has become a staple in the library of holiday pop songs that don’t suck.

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      “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” by Frank Sinatra

        Originally written for soldiers overseas during World War II, this classic croon has become an anthem for all the lonely hearts who can’t be home for the holidays.

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        “River” by Joni Mitchell

          While it’s more of a breakup ballad than it is a Christmas song, anyone who has to endure the acute ache of going through a split during the holiday season deserves a song of their own.

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          “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch” by Thurl Ravenscroft

            This is the original (and perhaps the only) holiday diss track. Essentially one long series of back-handed compliments sung in a hilarious baritone, this song is sure to make even Mr. Grinch himself crack a smile.

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            David Bowie and Bing Crosby — “Little Drummer Boy/“Peace on Earth)”

            In 1977, the modern art-rock star and the old-school silky-voiced crooner joined forces in one of the most unexpectedly successful duets of all time. This famed medley of "Little Drummer Boy" and "Peace on Earth" is not only one of Bowie's most commercially successful songs in his storied career, but it marked one of the last vocal recordings Crosby ever made—having been recorded a month before his death.

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            Lizzo — “Never Felt Like Christmas”

            When the old Christmas love songs won’t cut it, there’s always this one from Lizzo. And in true Lizzo form, she doesn’t mince words when it comes to capturing those who feel bitter about Christmas feels.

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            The Carpenters — “Sleigh Ride”

            Ah yes, classic cheesy Christmas schmaltz from The Carpenters. It must be December.

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            Fitz & the Tantrums — “Santa Stole My Lady”

            Christmas sucks for the brokenhearted. We've all been there. Might as well make the best of it with this Fitz & the Tantrums soul ballad.

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            The Killers — “Don’t Shoot Me, Santa"

            This Killers song is for the true lovers of alternative Christmas tracks. Also, the thought Santa as a low-key criminal is pretty funny (and the plot of Bad Santa).

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            Ariana Grande — “Wit It This Christmas”

            This 2015 song features the lyrics “Are you down for some of these milk and cookies?,” which is really the only way anyone should ever address Santa Claus.

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            Julie Andrews — “My Favorite Things”

            Though it wasn't specifically intended to be one, "My Favorite Things," has become a Christmas song. Yes, over the years there have been many covers—like one from Kelly Clarkson—but Julie Andrews will always be the OG.

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            Barbra Streisand — "Jingle Bells?"

            In 1967, Barbra Streisand recorded “A Christmas Album,” which included “Jingle Bells?,” sung at such a fast pace it’ll get your heart rate going as effectively as a quick jaunt around the block.

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            John Lennon and Yoko Ono — “Happy Xmas (War Is Over)”

            This is about as political as a Christmas song gets. This 1971 song was inspired by John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s protest against America’s involvement in the Vietnam War.

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            Celine Dion — “Happy Xmas (War Is Over)”

            And if you want an updated—though pointedly less political version—there's Celine Dion's cover. What it lacks in politics it makes up with 100 percent more Celine.

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            Dolly Parton – "Hard Candy Christmas"

            Dolly’s entry into the great holiday songbook wasn’t even initially intended for Christmas. As a bit of a showender for The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, the soundtrack version is a solo performance from Parton. Her version was co-opted into the melancholy Christmas single-anthem that is pro-getting drunk on apple wine.

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            Judy Garland – "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas"

            If this isn’t on your Christmas playlist, it’s a tragedy. While “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” has been recorded more times than probably any of us can count, it’s the emotional Judy Garland version from Meet Me in St. Louis that stands above the rest.

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            Barenaked Ladies & Sarah McLachlan – "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen/We Three Kings"

            Fun fact: Barenaked Ladies came out with a Christmas album. More fun fact: the best song on it is the irresistible harmony between the band and McLachlan, whose angelic voice lends itself perfectly to anything to do with Christmas.

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            Kelly Clarkson – "Underneath the Tree"

            Kelly loves a bop, and “Underneath the Tree” is just happy, Christmas noise. While her album Wrapped in Red is a testament that Clarkson should throw her hat in the ring for all Christmas music, this one is just especially fun.

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            Sia – "Puppies Are Forever"

            Sia’s foray into the holiday album space is as off the wall as you might imagine it might be, but at the top of that heap of silly is “Puppies Are Forever.” Outside of being saccharine to the point of giving you a cavity, it’s an earworm that you’ll undoubtedly be humming an hour after listening.

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            Sufjan Stevens – "Auld Lang Syne"

            Sufjan Stevens’s take on what most people know as the song that plays at New Years is a folksy banjo-laden track that feels simplified and stripped down in the same way you’d imagine a big group of friends would perform it at their own New Years party.

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            The Pogues feat. Kirsty MacColl – "Fairytale of New York"

            If you could imagine a British Celtic punk band coming out with a Christmas song, it’s probably going to be “Fairytale of New York.” What starts out as a slow jam moves into full Irish vibes about a minute in. With the exception of one ~problematic~ line, “Fairytale of New York” is a drunken beautiful mess of an ode to Christmas.

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            Kacey Musgraves – "Christmas Makes Me Cry"

            Musgraves’s 2016 holiday album, A Very Kacey Christmas, is a late entry into the canon, but it’s entirely deserving. Especially this cut, which hones in on the nuanced pain that the annual event can cause.

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            The Crystals – "Santa Claus is Coming to Town"

            Off the best Christmas album of all time, A Christmas Gift For You From Phil Spector, the New York girl group logs this ebullient holiday party jam that will get even Grinch to twist it out on the dance floor.

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            Elvis Presley – "Blue Christmas"

            Elvis’ Christmas Album is, arguably, the best testament to the King’s artistic interests of all his albums as it masterfully tackles rockabilly, gospel, country, pop, and gospel across its 12 tracks. The most enduring cut, though, is the equal parts woeful and hopeful “Blue Christmas.” Give it a listen and you’ll see why.

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            Smokey Robinson and The Miracles – "Jingle Bells"

            “Jingle Bells” is hardly the grooviest of all holiday songs, but the soul legend’s trusty backing outfit revamped the familiar tune in new, delicate, Motown-inspired ways.

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            The Beach Boys – "Santa's Beard"

            One of six original cuts on the group’s 1964 holiday LP—the aptly-titled Beach Boys’ Christmas Album—”Santa’s Beard” is the darkly funny tale of Mike Love taking his younger brother to the mall to meet Santa. When the kid tugs that fake facial hair right off, his life is changed forever.

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            Bing Crosby – "White Christmas"

            The ultimate Christmas song and a masterclass in stately, elegant singing. They don’t make them like this anymore—Crosby released the dreamy ballad in 1941—which makes enjoying this each year even more necessary.

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            Ella Fitzgerald – "Winter Wonderland"

            Few do it as well as the First Lady of Jazz. Case in point: Her delightful, swinging take on the holiday classic “Winter Wonderland.” A necessary addition for every holiday dinner’s playlist.

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            Willie Nelson – "Pretty Paper"

            Penned by Nelson but originally released by Roy Orbison in 1963, “Pretty Paper” is one of the finest songs ever crafted. (Nelson recorded his own version for his 1979 holiday LP.) A spacious ballad, it tells the story of a street vendor hustling to sell pencils and, yes, pretty paper during the holiday season. It’ll warm your heart and bring a tear to your eye, all at once.

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            Louis Armstrong – "Cool Yule"

            This Steve Allen-penned Christmas track has gotten a lot of play over the years, bur Satchmo's inaugural version still stands above the rest.

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            Donny Hathaway – "This Christmas"

            The R&B legend's 1970 Yuletide tune is a lightly funky bounce that revels in the holiday season's possibility.

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            The Kinks – "Father Christmas"

            The cheeky Britpoppers' class-conscious Christmas rave-up cloaks its serious message about the haves and the have-nots in a letter to Santa. .

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            Slade – "Merry Christmas Everybody"

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            Billy Squier – "Christmas Is The Time To Say I Love You"

            The arena rocker's sweet ode to the Yuletide spirit imprinted itself on a generation when it doubled as the de facto Christmas card from the then-fledgeling MTV to its viewers.

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            Wham! – "Last Christmas"

            The greatest pop singer of the '80s turns his holiday heartache into snowy synthpop.

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            Darlene Love – "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)"

            Yuletide longing spins into pop gold for a 1960s pop doyenne.

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            Mariah Carey – "All I Want for Christmas Is You"

            Mimi's entry into the Christmas canon is filled with flirtatious coos, beltable verses, and girl-group harmonies.

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            The Ronettes – "Frosty the Snowman"

            Pop's preeminent bad girl Ronnie Spector shows off her winter-wonderland spirit.

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            Bruce Springsteen – "Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town"

            One of the most buoyant takes on this ode to Father Christmas features Bruce Springsteen playfully needling his bandmates about their behavior over the past year and a joyous sax solo by Clarence Clemons.

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            Ramones – "Merry Christmas (I Don't Wanna Fight Tonight)"

            Queens' punk-rock royalty offers up a speedy plea for Christmas peace on the domestic front.

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            Alvin & The Chipmunks – "The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don't Be Late)"

            A divisive track, to be sure, but you're probably bluffing if you don't crack a smile when singing along with Alvin's wishes for a "hooooo-laaaaa-hoooooop."

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            Daryl Hall & John Oates – "Jingle Bell Rock"

            Bobby Helms's 1957 celebration of Christmas rock is well-trod territory, but Hall & Oates' blue-eyed soul version is a cut above its peers.

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            Madonna – "Santa Baby"

            Madonna was in full-on ˆ mode for this cover of Eartha Kitt's fireside seduction, all hiccuping flirtation and winking vamps.

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            The Darkness – "Christmas Time (Don't Let the Bells End)"

            British glam bands from Wizzard to Slade have caught the Christmas spirit, but the outré absurdity of this retro-minded outfit provides a particularly sweet Yuletide thrill.

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            Run-DMC – "Christmas in Hollis"

            Flipping "Jingle Bells" into a story of the holiday season in Queens, this track isn't just one of the greatest Christmas raps—it's one of the best 20th-century holiday songs.

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            Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings – "Please Come Home for Christmas"

            A fiery take on Charles Brown's brokenhearted love song from the much-missed soul revivalist.

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            The Jackson 5 – "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus"

            Young Michael Jackson turns in one of his most joyous early performances, which is saying a lot given the ebullience quotient of his other Jackson 5 offerings.

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            The Temptations – "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer"

            Picking one track off these soul titans' 1970 Christmas album is harder than choosing between rum and bourbon for your eggnog, so let's just go with its opener.

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            John Denver & The Muppets – "Christmas Is Coming"

            The delightful collaboration between the "Rocky Mountain High" singer and Jim Henson's band of misfit puppets is full of highlights, but the album's calypso-flavored version of this Yuletide nursery rhyme features a particularly giggle-worthy star turn from Miss Piggy.

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            Paul McCartney – "Wonderful Christmastime"

            An upbeat trifle about having fun around the holidays that showcases the former Beatle's silly side.

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            Al Green and Annie Lennox – "Put a Little Love in Your Heart"

            The grain of the Reverend Al's voice and the slickness of the Eurythmics singer's belt on this Jackie DeShannon cover make for a glorious combination.

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            The Waitresses – "Christmas Wrapping"

            Chance meetings with cute guys in the supermarket are the stuff Yuletide fairytales are made of—especially when they're set to bubbly, sax-powered New Wave.

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            Sesame Street Cast – "Keep Christmas With You All Through the Year"

            The 1978 special Christmas Eve on Sesame Street represents the educational show at its finest, and this original track about holding on to the Christmas spirit year-round still tugs at the heartstrings.

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            Otis Redding – "Merry Christmas Baby"

            Otis's blazing version of this R&B Yuletide classic is spine-tingling nearly 50 years after its recording.

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            Elton John – "Step Into Christmas"

            Elton's outsized personality and his signature holiday track's rollicking feel make for a joyous occasion.

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            Stevie Wonder – "Someday at Christmas"

            Stevie Wonder's plea for Yuletide peace (which he recently covered with Andra Day) has extra relevance in troubled times.

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            Lloyd – "She's All I Want for Christmas"

            A new entry in the Christmas canon, this R&B rave-up showcases a Michael Jackson-channeling performance from one of Atlanta's best new soul singers.

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            Bob Rivers – "The Twelve Pains of Christmas"

            Goofy Christmas tracks are in no short supply, but this perky rundown of the holiday's more hellish aspects has a relatable moment for everyone, from crying kids to hangover shakes.

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            Vince Guaraldi Trio – "Christmas Time Is Here"

            Seasonally appropriate melancholia from A Charlie Brown Christmas, which is still the greatest animated salute to the spirit of the season.

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            Who Sang It Best? "I'll Be Home for Christmas"

            Music enthusiast FlourishAnyway introduces some fun competition into the holidays by ranking cover versions of popular Christmas songs.

            Homesickness at Christmastime

            Miles may stand between friends, families, and lovers during the Christmas season, but the heart transcends. "I'll Be Home for Christmas" might seem like a straightforward enough tune. The narrator of the song can't make it home for the holidays and longs for traditions and togetherness with loved ones. This song is a love letter to those he or she yearns to reconnect with. It's a dose of melancholy, memories, and forward-looking anticipation.

            Since its original release in 1943, the holiday classic is one that has adapted along with time, its audience, and the artist expressing themselves. Initially, the song was intended for World War II era soldiers pining for home. Now, it encompasses all manners of situations that keep people apart during the joyful season.

            Artists over the years have adapted the song's lyrics in ways both minor and substantive. Here are several examples:

            • Carly Simon changed the lyrics to reflect divorce
            • depending on the singer, the narrator wishes for presents "by," "under," "for," or "on" the tree and assures the listener that they can either "count" or "plan" on them
            • the boy band In Real Life added a reference to Santa.

            Additionally, several popular renditions of this song include a dreamlike introductory verse by the original songwriter (rather than starting with the cold open lyrics, "I'll be home for Christmas"):

            I am dreaming tonight of a place I love
            Even more than I usually do
            And although I know it’s a long road back
            I promise you.

            I bet if you've never noticed these differences, you will now.

            From country to pop to heavy metal, artists of various genres have recorded "I'll Be Home for Christmas" with varying degrees of success. Do you ever wonder, "Who sang it best?" Here's your chance to step up and compare their efforts on this enduring classic.

            "Who Sang It Best?": Here's How It Works

            With many artists singing the same Christmas tunes, the sleigh has become overloaded. Let's rank them and cross some off the list.

            In the "Who Sang It Best?" series, we start with the original version of popular songs that have been covered multiple times. Then we present a set of contenders, artists who have released cover versions in any genre. Some cover versions honor the original artist's style while others are reinterpretations.

            Since the original song version is typically considered "the standard," we don't include it in our overall rankings. Instead, we display it first for comparison, with up to 14 contenders presented next in ranked order. Vote on your preferences:

            • Do you prefer the original song or a cover version?
            • Which of the cover versions do you prefer?

            The Classic Song

            "I'll Be Home for Christmas" by Bing Crosby (1943)

            After Bing Crosby hit it big with "White Christmas" in 1942, the crooner wondered how to follow up his global success. "I'll Be Home for Christmas" was the encore song he eagerly sought. It took the musical form of a letter home, authored by a wartime soldier, informing his family to prepare Christmas with all the trimmings—snow, mistletoe, and presents. Toward the end of the song, the narrator regretfully qualifies his homecoming. He'll be home alongside them perhaps in his dreams only.

            This sentimental message resonated with soldiers and civilians alike who were separated from loved ones by a long and bitter Second World War. At the time, there could be no way of truly knowing how many more years the war would last and whether the Allies would prevail. The year 1943 saw the fall of Mussolini's Fascist regime in Italy and the defeat of Axis forces in North Africa. However, Hitler survived another assassination attempt.

            There was certainly no guarantee at the time that soldiers would ever see another Christmas back home with their families again. For this reason, the BBC banned the song from broadcast in spite of its tremendous popularity with American troops. They thought it would deflate morale. Ultimately, "I'll Be Home for Christmas" became one of the most recorded ballads of the holiday season.

            Bing Crosby's version is calming and authoritative, emotionally reserved, even if a bit stuffy. Stringed instruments softly uplift and set the stage that he's daydreaming. Consummate professional that he was, this original version of the song is hard to beat. Can any of the cover versions do it better?

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            The Contenders

            Cover Versions in Ranked Order

            1. "I'll Be Home for Christmas" by Rascal Flatts (2008)

            Once you get past the unnecessary small talk in the introduction of this video (skip to 0:20), whoa, is this song ever pure bliss! Rascal Flatts is a country music powerhouse that was formed in 1999 from two second cousins (Gary LeVox and Jay DeMarcus) plus a stand-in guitarist (Joe Don Rooney). In 2006, the trio became the top-selling group in any music genre. They now boast more than a dozen number one country singles and seven Top 40 country/pop crossover hits—and counting.

            In their poignant rendition of "I'll Be Home for Christmas," these three fellas don't need the distraction of instruments. They rely on the strength of their raw, emotional vocals. The voices of the three singers blend in phenomenal harmony, adding layers and texture to one another. This version is sure to make you long for loved ones you miss at the holidays.

            2. "I'll Be Home for Christmas" by The Carpenters (1978)

            In this particularly mellow version of the song, Karen Carpenter's voice floats magically through the lyrics, taking on an ethereal quality. She is supported by a bevy of background vocalists that echo her wistful sentiments for home and give the song a yesteryear quality; it sounds much like those variety shows that were popular in the 1970s. The Carpenters include the optional introductory lyrics.

            Ironically, Karen Carpenter's home life was filled with angst, as her mother considerably favored her brother, Richard. Known for their squeaky clean image, The Carpenters won three Grammy Awards and were granted a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The siblings, however, battled hidden demons that came with their success. Richard struggled with an addiction to Quaaludes, and in 1983, Karen died at 32 years old of heart failure connected to her long battle with anorexia. She was one of the first public faces of eating disorders.

            3. "I'll Be Home for Christmas" by Home Free (2010)

            Home Free is an a capella group with a country focus that was formed in 2000. Here, in their version of "I'll Be Home for Christmas," they nail just the right amount of nostalgia and yearning for home required for this tune. Rather than delivering something sappy or dour, their version is sentimental without being over-the-top either way. The lead vocals provided by Rob Lunquist are particularly angelic, with the remaining Home Free members harmonizing around him perfectly to achieve a daydream effect.

            Structured like a barbershop quartet, in 2013 Home Free won the fourth season of NBC's The Sing-Off, the year after Pentatonix garnered so much attention. This holiday song was released prior to Home Free's "big break" and they, therefore, may appear less polished. However, they are at least as talented as Pentatonix. For a particularly noteworthy Christmas song by Home Free, try "Angels We Have Heard On High."

            4. "I'll Be Home for Christmas" by Kelly Clarkson (2011)

            Now this is someone who convincingly misses distant family members at the holidays. Backed by brass instruments in a jazz-influenced pop version, Kelly Clarkson provides a spirited and energetic performance. Her voice soars and she leans into the lyrics emotionally, as if she's genuinely separated from someone she loves at Christmas. You can feel the aching in her voice, yet she stays hopeful, like she'll be FaceTiming loved ones later.

            5. "I'll Be Home for Christmas" by Pentatonix (2016)

            If you want an especially perky version of this holiday classic, opt for the one by Pentatonix. It's filled with enthusiasm and hope that the narrators will be reunited with distant family and friends just in time for Christmas Eve. They probably should have dialed down the elation, considering that the lyrics emphasize "if only in my dreams."

            The vocals of Pentatonix's five young members harmonize smoothly and will leave you wondering whether they truly are a capella, they're that talented. Named after the pentatonic music scale with five notes per octave, the group was formed in 2011 when they won the third season of NBC's The Sing-Off. The singers met just the day prior to auditioning for the show. Now, after billions of YouTube views and multiple Grammy Awards, they've taken minimalist vocals-only music mainstream and have completed several successful world tours.

            6. "I'll Be Home for Christmas" by Johnny Mathis (1958)

            Johnny Mathis' version is slow and dreamlike, as if the narrator is lost in thought regarding friends and family back home and all the holiday activities he's missing. He includes the introductory lyrics instead of starting with the line, "I'm be home for Christmas."

            The orchestra makes this rendition sound dainty, almost like the theme from Bambi. Although his words aren't 100% clear in places ("And presents on the tree"), Johnny Mathis registers a more than adequate effort at this wistful Christmas song.

            7. "I'll Be Home for Christmas" by Michael Bublé (2003)

            Not everyone can make it home for the holidays, but the way Michael Bublé executes this song will pique your concern for his mental health. I mean, is it is safe to leave him alone on Christmas?

            On the positive side, the quality of his voice is solid, he enunciates his words, and he adeptly shifts from low to high notes. However, his version is somber and a little sleepy. It drags and suggests images of holiday depression. You can easily envision the narrator drinking his Christmas Day away in bed. Having no presents or holiday decorations, he pulls up the covers and perhaps wakes only to eat Chinese takeout. What a bummer.

            8. "I'll Be Home for Christmas" by Lady Antebellum (2012)

            Lady Antebellum offers a standard take on this Christmas classic with no real creative twists, so you get what you're accustomed to hearing with no surprises. But don't get me wrong, as I'm not knocking predictable.

            Although the lead vocals are a little flat in places and there's an occasional pained high note, the heavenly harmony of the vocal duo more than compensates. The Grammy Award-winning group has been popular with country audiences, and Lady Antebellum has also seen its music cross over to pop charts in recent years (e.g., "I Need You Now," "Just a Kiss").

            9. "I'll Be Home for Christmas" by Elvis Presley (1957)

            The King of Rock and Roll gives this Christmas classic a hubba hubba quality, much like he does with "Blue Christmas." He sings of "snew" and "mess-EL-toe" using unusual voice inflections. Then he garbles the following lines so that they are indistinguishable:

            Christmas Eve will find me
            Where the love light leads.

            His voice was a superb instrument, but Elvis recorded this Yuletide number early in his career and it's obvious that he was still trying to harness the unusual power of his gift.

            10. I'll Be Home for Christmas" by Doris Day (1964)

            With a simple sweetness and girl-next-door aura to her, Doris Day sings of missing home. True, she was in her early 40s when this was released, and in the 1960s when she recorded this song her reputation as a wholesome all-American girl became that of America's oldest virgin.

            In "I'll Be Home for Christmas," Day retains the happiness to her voice even in the face of being separated from loved ones at Christmas. Her volume, however, trails off considerably with the line, "If only in my dreams." I found the song to be overproduced and lacking somewhat in spontaneity and emotional depth. If you're looking for a superior Doris Day Christmas song, consider instead "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" or "Silver Bells."

            11. "I'll Be Home for Christmas" by Al Green (1983)

            You can sing "I'll Be Home for Christmas" a lot of different ways, but Al Green manages to accomplish what few others have. He sexualizes it as an R&B tune. The man has been lauded as having a "basic animal appeal to women," and perhaps he just can't help himself. You be the judge.

            Al Green starts off with the additional lyrics and adopts a special anguish to his voice to convey it's his main squeeze he's missing—certainly not family or a platonic friend. Although the narrator is certainly in a degree of pain, you can be sure he's undressing her in his mind. In spite of being a holiday song, this version has a bit of bow chicka wow wow vibe to it that will make you feel um, . . . a bit naughty.

            Al Green was once a pop and soul superstar with hits like "Let's Stay Together." In 1974, at the height of his success, a married girlfriend burst into the bathroom at his residence while the singer was in the tub. She threw hot grits on him then used his gun to die by suicide. Green took this tragic incident as a wake-up call to change his life, increasingly concentrating on his religious life and gospel music.

            12. "I'll Be Home for Christmas" by Whitney Houston (2003)

            Whitney Houston was a talented songbird with a four-octave range, but this holiday ditty is not her best work. After suffering a career decline and struggling with drugs and alcohol, Houston released a Christmas album to mixed reviews. Sadly, this tune showcases a pop superstar past her prime. The songstress begins with the additional verse but fails to enunciate some words (e.g., "Chrizzmus") as she floods this rendition with so much vibrato it distracts the listener. Listen to how she draws out "if only" in this song.

            Vocally and personally, her Christmas album seemed to be a beginning of the end for her. She accidentally drowned in a bathtub in 2012, with cocaine and heart disease as contributing factors.

            13. "I'll Be Home for Christmas" by Twisted Sister (2006)

            They took a creative risk. Dare to be different with this 2006 heavy metal number from Twister Sister's holiday album, A Twisted Christmas. While it's not terrible, it is heavy on blaring electric guitars, but what do you expect from the band that gave us "We're Not Gonna Take It" back in their 1980s heyday? (Decades later, I still consider that jam freaking awesome.)

            Twisted Sister's version of this song may not be traditional, but I bet not all of your family members are either. Am I right?

            14. "I'll Be Home for Christmas" by She Him

            You can rename this version, "Debbie Downer sings 'I'll Be Home for Christmas.'" There is absolutely nothing festive about it. It's as if the narrator is mentally skipping forward to the bleak days of January to ruminate about bills and bad dietary habits.

            Zooey Deschanel trudges through her vocals with such a somber heart that she almost sounds like she's singing in slow-mo. You can sadly yearn to be with a significant other who is miles away this Christmas, but is sounding this emotionally miserable necessary? Just don't. It'll only make you feel worse.

            Readers Weigh In

            Reader Poll: Your Favorite Cover Version

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            FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on March 06, 2020:

            Peggy Woods - Thanks so much for stopping by this Christmas article in March. I divide up the polls into original vs. cover version (since most people prefer the original) and then have a separate poll just for the covers.

            Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on March 04, 2020:

            This was a journey down memory lane listening to so many of these singers who are now gone. Thanks for the memories! Since you did not have Bing Crosby in your poll, I voted for Johnny Mathis, but it was a difficult choice since I liked so many of them!

            FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on July 21, 2019:

            Audrey - Thanks for chiming in! She does have a lovely voice. Sad that she her disease got the best of her before help could be had.

            Audrey Hunt from Pahrump NV on July 21, 2019:

            There are some good versions of this song by great singers but my favorite without question are the Carpenters.

            FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on June 28, 2019:

            Dora - I could just imagine you listening to the version by Twisted Sister! I like to present creative versions that people may not have heard alongside the popular ones just to mix it up a little. Johnny Mathis does have a unique sound, everlasting. Have a wonderful weekend!

            Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on June 28, 2019:

            Difficult to choose a favorite. I like Johnny Mathis' unique voice and I also like the Pentatonix in every song they sing. Sure, in the spirit of the season, I would like any one who sang it at Christmas.

            FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on June 28, 2019:

            Linda - Thanks for listening and reading. I find it nice to take a break and think about Christmas even in the heat of late June.

            FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on June 28, 2019:

            Nell - Thank you for weighing in! Have a great weekend!

            Nell Rose from England on June 28, 2019:

            My favourite has to be the Carpenters, followed by Elvis. Great hub!

            Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on June 27, 2019:

            This article has started me thinking about Christmas and its meaning. It's certaining a special time of year. Some of the song versions that you've shared and described sound lovely. I would find it hard to choose a winner.

            FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on June 27, 2019:

            Liz - You're right. I learn so much when researching not only the song histories but also the artists.

            Liz Westwood from UK on June 27, 2019:

            I had no idea that this song had been covered so many times. The mark of a true classic is to be still considered relevant many years after it was first written.

            FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on June 27, 2019:

            Bill - She was the better half of The Carpenters and died way too soon.

            FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on June 27, 2019:

            Linda - I was surprised they interpreted being separated from a loved one as a happy thing. Odd indeed.

            FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on June 27, 2019:

            Pamela - I'm trying to do a few Christmas articles during the off-season since it takes a while to gain traction for the articles and I don't have a lot of time during the holidays. Surprisingly, they do okay during the rest of the year. I think people miss the warm feelings and togetherness that is common that time of year.

            Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on June 27, 2019:

            Flourish, some of these are wonderful, many are meh, and a few are simply dreadful. I've never seen this as a bouncy happy song (Pentatonix you disappointed me). However, I'm a sucker for acapella singing so I've got to give it up to Home Free.

            Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on June 27, 2019:

            I usually go with the original, and I remember the Crosby version quite well, but I'll have to go with The Carpenters on this one. That angel had such a pure voice!

            Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on June 27, 2019:

            I wasn't expecting a Christmas collection, but I have always loved Christmas songs. I like Bing Crosby, and I really liked the Carpenters. Rascal Flatts was much better than I expected also.

            FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on June 26, 2019:

            Heidi - I didn't realize we're that close to Christmas! I had a number of back burner articles I wanted to get to ahead of the holidays so I thought Christmas in June -- sure, why not? Karen Carpenter had such a beautiful voice and such low self-esteem. The more I read about her brother and mother, the more obvious it was how some of the family dynamics played into her eating disorder. (Richard was the clear favorite.) She got down to 77 pounds at one point and when she'd come on stage audiences would gasp. I remember seeing her on the tabloid front covers with sensational headlines, unfortunately. So tragic.

            Heidi Thorne from Chicago Area on June 26, 2019:

            For me, the whole Carpenters Christmas album is a classic. Karen's voice made any of the songs sound good. Another talent gone too soon.

            My two fave alternate contenders would be Johnny Mathis and Elvis.

            And I see you posted this exactly 6 months 'til Christmas. Only 182 shopping days left! :)

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                      Lizzo — “Never Felt Like Christmas”

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                      The Carpenters — “Sleigh Ride”

                      Ah yes, classic cheesy Christmas schmaltz from The Carpenters. It must be December.

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                      Fitz & the Tantrums — “Santa Stole My Lady”

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                      The Killers — “Don’t Shoot Me, Santa"

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                      Ariana Grande — “Wit It This Christmas”

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                      Julie Andrews — “My Favorite Things”

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                      Barbra Streisand — "Jingle Bells?"

                      In 1967, Barbra Streisand recorded “A Christmas Album,” which included “Jingle Bells?,” sung at such a fast pace it’ll get your heart rate going as effectively as a quick jaunt around the block.

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                      John Lennon and Yoko Ono — “Happy Xmas (War Is Over)”

                      This is about as political as a Christmas song gets. This 1971 song was inspired by John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s protest against America’s involvement in the Vietnam War.

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                      Celine Dion — “Happy Xmas (War Is Over)”

                      And if you want an updated—though pointedly less political version—there's Celine Dion's cover. What it lacks in politics it makes up with 100 percent more Celine.

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                      Dolly Parton – "Hard Candy Christmas"

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                      Judy Garland – "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas"

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                      Barenaked Ladies & Sarah McLachlan – "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen/We Three Kings"

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                      Kelly Clarkson – "Underneath the Tree"

                      Kelly loves a bop, and “Underneath the Tree” is just happy, Christmas noise. While her album Wrapped in Red is a testament that Clarkson should throw her hat in the ring for all Christmas music, this one is just especially fun.

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                      Sia – "Puppies Are Forever"

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                      Sufjan Stevens – "Auld Lang Syne"

                      Sufjan Stevens’s take on what most people know as the song that plays at New Years is a folksy banjo-laden track that feels simplified and stripped down in the same way you’d imagine a big group of friends would perform it at their own New Years party.

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                      The Pogues feat. Kirsty MacColl – "Fairytale of New York"

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                      Kacey Musgraves – "Christmas Makes Me Cry"

                      Musgraves’s 2016 holiday album, A Very Kacey Christmas, is a late entry into the canon, but it’s entirely deserving. Especially this cut, which hones in on the nuanced pain that the annual event can cause.

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                      The Crystals – "Santa Claus is Coming to Town"

                      Off the best Christmas album of all time, A Christmas Gift For You From Phil Spector, the New York girl group logs this ebullient holiday party jam that will get even Grinch to twist it out on the dance floor.

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                      Elvis Presley – "Blue Christmas"

                      Elvis’ Christmas Album is, arguably, the best testament to the King’s artistic interests of all his albums as it masterfully tackles rockabilly, gospel, country, pop, and gospel across its 12 tracks. The most enduring cut, though, is the equal parts woeful and hopeful “Blue Christmas.” Give it a listen and you’ll see why.

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                      Smokey Robinson and The Miracles – "Jingle Bells"

                      “Jingle Bells” is hardly the grooviest of all holiday songs, but the soul legend’s trusty backing outfit revamped the familiar tune in new, delicate, Motown-inspired ways.

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                      The Beach Boys – "Santa's Beard"

                      One of six original cuts on the group’s 1964 holiday LP—the aptly-titled Beach Boys’ Christmas Album—”Santa’s Beard” is the darkly funny tale of Mike Love taking his younger brother to the mall to meet Santa. When the kid tugs that fake facial hair first national bank severna park off, his life is changed forever.

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                      Bing Crosby – "White Christmas"

                      The ultimate Christmas song and a masterclass in stately, elegant singing. They don’t make them like this anymore—Crosby released the dreamy ballad in 1941—which makes enjoying this each year even more necessary.

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                      Ella Fitzgerald – "Winter Wonderland"

                      Few do it as well as the First Lady of Jazz. Case in point: Her delightful, swinging take on the holiday classic “Winter Wonderland.” A necessary addition for every holiday dinner’s playlist.

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                      Willie Nelson – "Pretty Paper"

                      Penned by Nelson but originally released by Roy Orbison in 1963, “Pretty Paper” is one of the finest songs ever crafted. (Nelson recorded his own version for his 1979 holiday LP.) A spacious ballad, it tells the story of a street vendor hustling to sell pencils and, yes, pretty paper during the holiday season. It’ll warm your heart and bring a tear to your eye, all at once.

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                      Louis Armstrong – "Cool Yule"

                      This Steve Allen-penned Christmas track has gotten a lot of play over the years, bur Satchmo's inaugural version still stands above the rest.

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                      Donny Hathaway – "This Christmas"

                      The R&B legend's 1970 Yuletide tune is a lightly funky bounce that revels in the holiday season's possibility.

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                      The Kinks – "Father Christmas"

                      The cheeky Britpoppers' class-conscious Christmas rave-up cloaks its serious message about the haves and the have-nots in a letter to Santa. .

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                      Slade – "Merry Christmas Everybody"

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                      Billy Squier – "Christmas Is The Time To Say I Love You"

                      The arena rocker's sweet ode to the Yuletide spirit imprinted itself on a generation when it doubled as the de facto Christmas card from the then-fledgeling MTV to its viewers.

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                      Wham! – "Last Christmas"

                      The greatest pop singer of the '80s turns his holiday heartache into snowy synthpop.

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                      Darlene Love – "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)"

                      Yuletide longing spins into pop gold for a 1960s pop doyenne.

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                      Mariah Carey – "All I Want for Christmas Is You"

                      Mimi's entry into the Christmas canon is filled with flirtatious coos, beltable verses, and girl-group harmonies.

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                      The Ronettes – "Frosty the Snowman"

                      Pop's preeminent bad girl Ronnie Spector shows off her winter-wonderland spirit.

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                      Bruce Springsteen – "Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town"

                      One of the most buoyant takes on this ode to Father Christmas features Bruce Springsteen playfully needling his bandmates about their behavior over the past year and a joyous sax solo by Clarence Clemons.

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                      Ramones – "Merry Christmas lyrics i ll be home for christmas bing crosby Don't Wanna Fight Tonight)"

                      Queens' punk-rock royalty offers up a speedy plea for Christmas peace on the domestic front.

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                      Alvin & The Chipmunks – "The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don't Be Late)"

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                      I'll Be Home For Christmas - lyrics

                      I'll be home for christmas;
                      You can plan on me.
                      Please have snow and mistletoe
                      And presents on the tree.

                      Christmas Eve will find me
                      Where the love light gleams.
                      I'll be home for Christmas
                      If only in my dreams.

                      (Won't you please have snow and mistletoe
                      And presents under the tree for me)

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                      Bing Crosby

                      Christmas Eve will find me
                      Where the love light gleams.
                      I'll be home for Christmas
                      If only in my dreams.

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                      I'll Be Home for Christmas (If Only in My Dreams) 1st in 1943

                      Written by
                      Kim Gannon, Walter Kent, Buck Ram
                      Language
                      English
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                      T-070.903.338-4 ASCAP, GEMA, ISWC, JASRAC
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                      lyrics i ll be home for christmas bing crosby Buck Ram took legal action over this song, which he claims was lifted from a song of the title and lyric idea that he had published in 1942. He claims to have played the song to Walter Kent, and that Kent expressed interest in working on the song. The matter was settled amicably, with Ram being added to Kent and Gannon in the recipients of ASCAP royalties for the song. lyrics i ll be home for christmas bing crosby
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                      There are two types of people in the world: Those who listen to Christmas music before Thanksgiving . and Grinches. Fine, that's not exactly true, but there's just something magical about Christmas songs — the nostalgia, the traditions, the feeling that can only be described as jolly — that just set the mood. So, even if you're the type to wait until after Turkey day, if you're decorating the house, trimming the tree, wrapping gifts or just in the mood to relax and want to listen to some of your holiday favorites, we've created a playlist of the best Christmas songs of all time.

                      The list, which ranges from 1942 to today, has a little bit of everything. There are the old, classic favorites you look forward to hearing every year. There are the under-the-radar, modern Christmas songs that should be classics, but haven't been around long enough yet to reach that status. There are country Christmas songs that add a bit of twang to the holiday. And, of course, there's Mariah, because no playlist would be complete without her. Throw these all on your playlist, and you'll put modern Christmas radio stations to shame.

                      Источник: https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/holidays/christmas-ideas/g2680/christmas-songs/

                      I'll Be Home for Christmas

                      For other uses, see I'll Be Home for Christmas (disambiguation).

                      The original 1943 release by Bing Crosby with John Scott Trotter and His Orchestra on Decca, 18570A

                      "I'll Be Home for Christmas" is a Christmas song written by the lyricist Kim Gannon and composer Walter Kent and recorded in 1943 by Bing Crosby, who scored a top ten hit with the song. Originally written to honor soldiers overseas who longed to be home at Christmas time, "I'll Be Home for Christmas" has since gone on to become a Christmas standard.[1][2]

                      Theme[edit]

                      The song is sung from the point of view of a soldier stationed overseas during World War II, writing a letter to his family. In the message, he tells the family he will be coming home and to prepare the holiday for him, and requests snow, mistletoe, and presents on the tree. The song ends on a melancholy note, with the soldier saying, "I'll be home for Christmas, if only in my dreams".[3][2] The flip side of the original recording (Decca 18570B) was "Danny Boy" [4]

                      Writing and copyright[edit]

                      The song was written by the lyricist Kim Gannon and composer Walter Kent. Songwriter and later producer and manager for The Platters, Buck Ram, who said he previously wrote a poem and song with the same title, was credited as a co-writer of the song following a lawsuit brought by Ram's publisher, Mills Music.[5] Bing Crosby's original 1943 release of the song on Decca Records listed only Walter Kent and Kim Gannon as the songwriters on the record label. Later pressings added the name of Buck Ram to the songwriting credit.

                      Bing Crosby recording[edit]

                      On October 1, 1943, Crosby recorded the song under the title "I'll Be Home for Christmas (If Only in My Dreams)", with the John Scott Trotter Orchestra for Decca Records;[6] it was released as a 78 rpm single, Decca 18570A, Matrix #L3203, and reissued in 1946 as Decca 23779. Within a month of release, the song charted for 11 weeks, with a peak at number three. The next year, the song reached number 16 on the charts.[7]

                      The U.S. War Department also released Bing Crosby's performance of "I'll Be Home for Christmas" from the December 7, 1944, Kraft Music Hall[8] broadcast with the Henderson Choir, J.S.T., on V-Disc, as U.S. Army V-Disc No. 441-B and U.S. Navy V-Disc No. 221B, Matrix #VP1253-D5TC206.[9] The song from the broadcast has appeared in many Bing Crosby compilations.

                      The song touched the hearts of Americans, soldiers and civilians alike, in the midst of World War II, and it earned Crosby his fifth gold record. "I'll Be Home for Christmas" became the most requested song at Christmas U.S.O. shows.[2] The GI magazine Yank said Crosby "accomplished more for military morale than anyone else of that era".[1]

                      1945 V-Disc release by the U.S. Army of "White Christmas" and "I'll Be Home for Christmas" by Bing Crosby as No. 441B

                      Despite the song's popularity with Americans at the front and at home, in the UK the BBCbanned the song from broadcast, as the Corporation's management felt the lyrics might lower morale among British troops.[10][2]

                      Seventy-seven years after its original release, Bing Crosby's "I'll Be Home for Christmas" debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 chart (at number 50 on the chart dated January 2, 2021).[11]

                      Charts[edit]

                      Notable history and cover versions[edit]

                      Elvis Presley recorded the song in September 1957, and was featured on the LP, Elvis' Christmas Album.

                      Singer Johnny Mathis also covered the song on his Merry Christmas album in 1958, which was the #2 Christmas album of 1963 and 1964 as there were no Christmas album rankings prior to 1963. In December 1965, astronauts Frank Borman and Jim Lovell, while on Gemini 7, requested "I'll Be Home for Christmas" be played for them by the NASA ground crew.[18] Since the incarnation of the BillboardHot 100 chart in 1958, cover versions by American singers Kelly Clarkson and Josh Groban are the only versions of the song to enter the chart.

                      Kelly Clarkson version
                      Michael Bublé version
                      Brian McKnight version
                      Pentatonix version
                      Seth MacFarlane version
                      Josh Groban version
                      Reba McEntire version
                      Rascal Flatts version
                      Sara Evans version
                      Elvis Presley and Carrie Underwood version
                      Camila Cabello version

                      References[edit]

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                      Sources[edit]

                      Bing Crosby

                      Albums
                      • Music of Hawaii (1939)
                      • Victor Herbert Melodies, Vol. One (1939)
                      • Patriotic Songs for Children (1939)
                      • Cowboy Songs (1939)
                      • Victor Herbert Melodies, Vol. Two (1939)
                      • George Gershwin Songs, Vol. One (1939)
                      • Ballad for Americans (1940)
                      • Favorite Hawaiian Songs (1940)
                      • Christmas Music (1940)
                      • Star Dust (1940)
                      • Hawaii Calls (1941)
                      • Small Fry (1941)
                      • Crosbyana (1941)
                      • Under Western Skies (1941)
                      • Song Hits from Holiday Inn(w/ Fred Astaire) (1942)
                      • Merry Christmas (1945)
                      • Selections from Going My Way (1945)
                      • Selections from The Bells of St. Mary's (1946)
                      • Don't Fence Me In (1946)
                      • The Happy Prince (1946)
                      • Selections from Road to Utopia (1946)
                      • Bing Crosby – Stephen Foster (1946)
                      • What We So Proudly Hail (1946)
                      • Favorite Hawaiian Songs, Vol. One (1946)
                      • Favorite Hawaiian Songs, Vol. Two (1946)
                      • Blue Skies(w/ Fred Astaire) (1946)
                      • Bing Crosby – Jerome Kern (1946)
                      • St. Patrick's Day (1947)
                      • Bing Crosby – Victor Herbert (1947)
                      • Selections from Welcome Stranger (1947)
                      • Our Common Heritage (1947)
                      • El Bingo (1947)
                      • The Small One (1947)
                      • The Man Without a Country (1947)
                      • Drifting and Dreaming (1947)
                      • Blue of the Night (1948)
                      • Selections from Showboat (1948)
                      • The Emperor Waltz (1948)
                      • St. Valentine's Day (1948)
                      • Bing Crosby Sings with Al Jolson, Bob Hope, Dick Haymes and the Andrews Sisters (1948)
                      • Selections from Road to Rio (1948)
                      • Bing Crosby Sings with Judy Garland, Mary Martin, Johnny Mercer (1948)
                      • Bing Crosby Sings with Lionel Hampton, Eddie Heywood, Louis Jordan (1948)
                      • Auld Lang Syne (1948)
                      • A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court (1949)
                      • Bing Crosby Sings Songs by George Gershwin (1949)
                      • South Pacific (1949)
                      • Christmas Greetings (1949)
                      • Ichabod – The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (1949)
                      • Top o' the Morning / Emperor Waltz (1949)
                      • Songs from Mr. Music (1950)
                      • Go West Young Man (1950)
                      • Le Bing: Song Hits of Paris (1953)
                      • Some Fine Old Chestnuts (1954)
                      • Selections from White Christmas (1954)
                      • Bing: A Musical Autobiography (1954)
                      • High Tor (1956)
                      • A Christmas Sing with Bing Around the World (1956)
                      • High Society(w/ Frank Sinatra, Lyrics i ll be home for christmas bing crosby Kelly, and Louis Armstrong) (1956)
                      • Songs I Wish I Lyrics i ll be home for christmas bing crosby Sung the First Time Around (1956)
                      • Bing Sings Whilst Bregman Swings (1956)
                      • Bing with a Beat (1957)
                      • A Christmas Story (1957)
                      • Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves (1957)
                      • Never Be Afraid (1957)
                      • Jack B. Nimble – A Mother Goose Fantasy (1957)
                      • New Tricks (1957)
                      • Fancy Meeting You Here( w/ Rosemary Clooney) (1958)
                      • How the West Was Won (1959)
                      • Bing & Satchmo(w/ Louis Armstrong) (1960)
                      • 101 Gang Songs (1960)
                      • Holiday in Europe (1960)
                      • The Road to Hong Kong (1962)
                      • On the Happy Side (1962)
                      • On the Sentimental Side (1962)
                      • I Wish You a Merry Christmas (1962)
                      • Reprise Musical Repertory Theatre (1963)
                      • Return to Paradise Islands (1963)
                      • Bing Crosby Sings the Great Country Hits (1963)
                      • America, I Hear You Singing(w/ Frank Sinatra and Fred Waring) (1964)
                      • 12 Songs of Christmas(w/ Frank Sinatra and Fred Waring) (1964)
                      • That Travelin' Two-Beat(w/ Rosemary Clooney) (1965)
                      • Bing 'n' Basie(w/ Count Basie) (1972)
                      • A Couple of Song and Dance Men(w/ Fred Astaire) (1975)
                      • Seasons (1977)
                      • Bing Crosby: The Voice of Christmas (1998)
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                      “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” is one of America’s most popular holiday songs

                      Originally recorded by Bing Crosby in 1943, “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” has become one of America’s most popular holiday songs and it’s still a big hit. The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) named it the #10 most-performed holiday song of the last century.

                      I’ll be home for Christmas
                      You can count on me
                      Please have snow and mistletoe
                      And presents on the tree
                      Christmas Eve will find me
                      Where the lovelight gleams
                      I’ll be home for Christmas
                      If only in my dreams

                      Bing Crosby publicity photo, c. 1930s

                      Bing Crosby publicity photo, c. 1930s

                      The song has been written from the perspective of a soldier serving overseas during World War II. The soldier is telling his family that he will be coming home for the holiday and requests snow, mistletoe, and presents on the tree. The 39 words long song “I’ll be Home for Christmas” ends on a melancholy note with the soldier saying, “I’ll be home for Christmas, if only in my dreams”.

                      “I’ll be Home for Christmas” was written by Walter Kent and Kim Gannon in 1943.

                      Later Sam “Buck” Ram was also credited as a co-writer of the song following a lawsuit brought by Ram’s publisher, Mills Music. Sam “Buck” Ram copyrighted a song titled “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” on December 21st, 1942. Besides the fact that the lyrics and the tune were different he sued successfully for shared credit and was credited as a co-writer of the song.

                      Gannon and Kent couldn’t get any takers for the tune because people in the music business felt that the final line was too sad for all those separated from their loved ones in the military. Crosby agreed to record it after Gannon sang the song for him while the two were playing golf.

                      1945 V-Disc release by the U.S. <i>Lyrics i ll be home for christmas bing crosby</i> of "White Christmas" and "I'll Be Home for Christmas" by Bing Crosby

                      1945 V-Disc release by the U.S. Army of “White Christmas” and “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” by Bing Crosby

                      It was October 4th, 1943, when Crosby recorded the song under the title “I’ll Be Home For Christmas (If Only In My Dreams)” with the John Scott Trotter Orchestra for Decca Records. The song hit the music charts in a short period and it became one of the most requested songs at Crosby’s many USO shows throughout World War II.

                      In 1943 the world was at war and many Americans were out on the battlefields during Christmas. “I’ll Be Home For Christmas” was the best gift for many soldiers who were spending Christmas far from home and their families. It was a wartime favorite for many Americans says the Library of Congress:

                      A 1907 Christmas card with Santa and some of his reindeer

                      A 1907 Christmas card with Santa and some of his reindeer

                      “It touched a tender place in the hearts of Americans, both soldiers and civilians, who were then in the depths of World War II, and it earned Crosby his fifth gold record”.

                      However, not everyone loved “I’ll Be Home For Christmas” and BBC banned the song because they thought that the lyrics might lower morale among British troops.

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                      “I’ll Be Home For Christmas” has been covered by almost every artist who’s ever released a Christmas album, for example, Perry Como (1946), Frank Sinatra (1957) and countless other artists.

                      Источник: https://www.thevintagenews.com/2016/12/09/ill-be-home-for-christmas-is-one-of-americas-most-popular-holiday-songs/

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