Christmas Interlude #4 – 25 Favorite Songs of the Season

 Here are 25 of my favorite Christmas songs (many with links). They are in no particular order, it was hard enough narrowing it down to 25  never mind putting them in order. Still, I feel like I left many great ones off the list, like “Cool Yule” originally a hit for Louis Armstrong and later on terrific versions by Bette Midler and Brian Setzer and “Merry Merry Christmas Baby” by the Tune Weavers and Ole Santa by Diana Washington.  Other artists like Sinatra, Dean Martin, Johnny Mathis and Nat King Cole have so many great holiday songs it was difficult to select just one or two. And what about The Beach Boys and Little Saint Nick which blasted on my transitor radio in middle school and Jingle Bell Rock which has been recorded by so many over the years and…well you get the idea. Anyway, here are the 25 I selected, most are the usual suspects, some not so much. Would like to here what you listen to.   

1- Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas – Frank Sinatra

2 – Blue Christmas – Elvis Presley

3 – Santa Claus Is Back In Town – Elvis Presley


4 – The Christmas Song – Nat King Cole

5 – Winter Wonderland – Johnny Mathis

6 –Sleigh Ride  – Johnny Mathis

7 – Holly Jolly Christmas – Burl Ives

8 – No Place Like Home for the Holidays – Perry Como

9 – The Christmas Blues – Dean Martin 

10 –  Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow  – Dean Martin

11 – The Little Drummer Song – Bob Seger

12 – Happy Christmas (War is Over) – John Lennon


13 – Please Come Home For Christmas (Charles Brown or The Eagles versions)

14 – Run Rudolph Run – (Chuck Berry or Keith Richards – this is Chuck’s version) 

15 – White Christmas – Bing Crosby

16 –  It’s Beginning to look a Lot Like Christmas – Bing Crosby

17 – River – Joni Mitchell

18 -Father Christmas – The Kinks

19 – Rockin Around The Christmas Tree – Brenda Lee

20 – It’s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year – Andy Williams

21 – White Christmas – The Drifters

22 – Santa Baby – Eartha Kitt (This is Kitt’s version)

23 – Merry Christmas Baby – Bruce Springsteen (There are a lot of good versions of this song including Charles Brown, Elvis, Dion and others. The version here is by Charles Brown)

24 – Santa Claus is Coming to Town – Bruce Springsteen

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

4 comments on “Christmas Interlude #4 – 25 Favorite Songs of the Season

  1. Judy says:

    Great stuff, John – I especially like your Lennon and Sinatra choices, though I also love Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas by Judy Garland. Other favourites for me are Fairytale of New York by The Pogues (I still like it even though most shops in the UK seem to play it on a loop through their loudspeakers all through December!) and Little Drummer Boy by Bing Crosby and David Bowie – I remember seeing them sing it together on Crosby’s Christmas show.


    • John Greco says:

      Thanks Judy. The Garland version is a fantastic choice her version is exquisite. I am not familiar with the Fairytale of New York by The Pogues; I will have to check it out. And Crosby/Bowie, man when I first heard this I thought “now there is a strange combination” but, yes like you I remember the seeing the show. It is a great choice.


  2. Vincent says:

    IIRC, Dave Edmunds of Rockpile fame also did a version of “Run Rudolph Run.”

    Ir’s always seemed a bit strange to me that songs such as “Let It Snow,” “Jingle Bells” or “Sleigh Ride” are defined as Christmas songs when there’s nothing “Christmas” about them, either secular or sacred. You almost never hear them in January or February when, if anything, you get more snow than there is in December.


  3. John Greco says:

    I remember the Edmunds version very well, a great one also.

    There are quite a few songs like that which are really winter songs more than Christmas. Dean Martin did Xmass LP call “A Winter’s Romance” which contains many songs that are more “seasonal” than Christmas like “Baby, It’s Cold Outside”, “Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow” and I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm.”


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