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10 Vintage Christmas Tunes to Put You in the Holiday Spirit

These classics offer plenty of seasonal cheer


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.

 

Bryce Kirchoff
By Bryce Kirchoff
Bryce Kirchoff has produced web and social media campaigns for organizations at all levels of the media industry and also has experience launching community engagement initiatives, building websites and crafting social campaigns. He holds a master’s of science degree in New Media Management from Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and lives in Los Angeles.@bckirchoff

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