Christmas is nearly here. If you haven’t found a sense of holiday spirit yet, it’s time to get moving.
These ten holiday songs, sung by some of our favorite musicians of years past, are a great way to get in the Christmas mood.
10. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
Judy Garland’s rendition of Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas from the 1944 film Meet Me in St. Louis stands the test of time.
9. Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree
Recorded in 1958 when Brenda Lee was just 13-years-old, this tune didn’t become popular until the 1960 holiday season. The single’s B-side is another holiday tune called by Lee (Papa Noël) that’s far less known, but just as catchy.
8. Blue Christmas
Elvis’ 1957 ode to lonely hearts was actually written nearly a decade before.
7. Run Rudolph Run
Chuck Berry’s playful ditty about Santa’s reindeer has a 12-bar blues beat that, well, can’t be beat.
6. Frosty the Snowman
The Ronnettes performed this holiday standard on the Phil Spector-produced 1963 album A Christmas Gift For You.
5. Happy Xmas (War Is Over)
Written and performed by John Lennon, Happy Xmas was the culmination of nearly two years of peace activism by Lennon and his wife, Yoko Ono.
4. Little Saint Nick
Co-written by Brian Wilson and Mike Love of The Beach Boys, the song was re-recorded by Wilson in 2005 and has been covered by other artists — including Captain & Tennille.
3. Christmas (Baby, Please Come Home)
Although originally recorded in 1963, Darlene Love performed the now iconic holiday song on David Letterman’s late-night talk show every year for more than two decades.
2. Merry Christmas, Darling
The Carpenters recorded this seasonal classic in 1970. It has been name to Billboard’s top Christmas singles list three times.
1. Santa Claus Is Coming to Town
Bruce Springsteen recorded his version of this 1930s Christmas carol in 1975 during a gig on Long Island.
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