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Wednesday, December 16, 2015

The 12 Songs of Christmas #3: "Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town"

To celebrate the holiday season, I'm featuring 12 of my favorite Christmas songs with 12 recordings/performances of each one (in order of preference). So below you can enjoy today's tune - "Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town", which was first recorded in 1934 (click here for previous songs).

12) Jackson 5 Christmas Album (1970)

11) Music video for Michael Bublé's Christmas (2011)

10) The Carpenters on The Perry Como Christmas Show on CBS on December 17, 1974

9) Linda Eder's Christmas Stays the Same (2000)

8) Ella Fitzgerald's Ella Wishes You a Swinging Christmas (1960)

7) Lou Rawls' Merry Christmas Ho! Ho! Ho! (1967)

6) Lena Horne's Merry from Lena (1966)

5) Steve Lawrence & Eydie Gormé's That Holiday Feeling (1964)

4) The Frank Sinatra Show on ABC on December 20, 1957

3) Snowfall: The Tony Bennett Christmas Album (1968)

2) Bruce Springsteen (recorded in 1975 and released in 1985)

1) The Manhattan Transfer's The Christmas Album (1992)


Mark in DE said...

I have to say that the Manhattan Transfer's Christmas album remains one of my all-time favorites too! Its usually the 1st one I listen to each holiday season. Also love Ella Fitzgerald and Pentatonix.

PaulDecker said...


These posts have been fun! Several of the albums you quote have been in my collection for 40-50 years (I got my first record player when I was three!), and it is not Christmas to me without hearing them.

It seems that you are missing two extremely important albums in your collection, though. "Christmas with Maureen McGovern" has one of the jazziest, snazziest, campiest versions of "Santa Claus is Coming to Town" ever recorded. The rest of the album is warm and reverent and a little ethereal (I am a sucker for children's choruses, and they are featured on one of the tracks). Judging from the rest of your choices, I think you will love the CD, if you can find it. Released in 1990, it's sadly out-of-print and it'll cost you around $20 used on Amazon and eBay.

I'll tell you about the other CD when an appropriate song list comes up. OOO! Mystery!

Can't wait to see what else you've got up your sleeve.

Marc Harshbarger said...

Hey, Mark, the Manhattan Transfer's Christmas album is also one of my favorites (obviously).

Paul, I'm glad you're enjoying my "12 Songs of Christmas". And thank you for letting me know about Maureen McGovern's album (perhaps a song of hers will appear on DEEP DISH next December).

I am curious to know about the other "missing" CD! :)