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Best Christmas Songs by Crooners

Updated on May 7, 2016
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Fresh snow sparkling, lights twinkling, a log fire and the warm, spicy scent of cinnamon and cloves~ Christmas is a beautiful time of the year for all the senses, including the sounds of classic Christmas songs in the background.

No other songs conjure these images more than those sung by the crooners. Played every year, everyone knows the lyrics and come together to share the joy in these songs. No-one has yet to compare to the soul-soothing tones of people like Dean Martin and Nat King Cole.

So with that in mind, I have compiled a video list of the six of the greatest Christmas songs by crooners, ranging from the 1940s to the 1980s.

Enjoy and Merry Christmas!

Dean Martin: Christmas Blues

Despite the lyrics being about loniless and being sad, this is still a classic Christmas song and I love listening to it! Maybe it's because as one person commented on the video said:

"I love listening to Dean Martin and knowing he is smiling the whole song through."

This song was originally recorded in 1959 as part of Dean's festive album A Winter Romancewhich can still be found today on Amazon.

Nat King Cole: The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire)

Written in 1944, The Christmas Song is often called by it's first line Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire. Though other versions exist, no-one can doubt that Nat King Cole made the most remarkable and memorable version with his gentle velvety voice.

He first recorded this song as part of The Nat King Cole Trio in 1946, but later went on to make other recordings~ one with a string section and another two using a full orchestra.

The various recordings are available on several albums and can most likely be found on nearly all Christmas Compilation albums, including 100% Christmas - The Greatest Artists 100 Hits.

Andy Williams: It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year

Written and released in 1963, this is probably the one song Andy Williams is most famous for and which everyone knows. It's available on The Andy Williams Christmas Album, which is my favourite seasonal CD.

The video included below includes the lyrics~ so turn it up and sing along!!

Johnny Mathis: It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas

Again this is a song that is very popular with singers and several versions exist, but the 1986 version by Johnny Mathis I think is the best~ especially as it reminds me of the film it was featured in Home Alone 2: Lost In New York!

It was written and originally recorded over thirty years earlier in 1951 and other popular versions include Bing Crosby and Perry Como.

Frank Sinatra: I'll Be Home For Christmas

First recorded by Bing Crosby back in 1943, Frank Sinatra adds a lullaby feel to I'll Be Home For Christmas in his 1957 version.

Inspired by soldiers being away from home during World War II, the song tells a story of what the soldier would like to see upon his arrival home for the holidays 'If only in my dreams'.

Another master of the Christmas tune, Frank's version is available on several albums including A Jolly Christmas from Frank Sinatra.

Bing Crosby: White Christmas

With an estimated fifty million copies sold, this is considered the best selling song of all time and has to be the ultimate Christmas song!

Created in 1942, this iconic tune became a hit as part of the film Holiday Inn. Many consider this film a Christmas one, when in fact the Christmas part is only one small scene at the end. The song had such an impact, the film was renamed to White Christmas.

Rumour has it, that this song was in fact written on a hot day in California~ you wouldn't know to listen to it!

Which of the Above Songs is Your Favourite?

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    • leahlefler profile image

      Leah Lefler 5 years ago from Western New York

      I love Bing Crosby's White Christmas. I agree with moonlake - every time I hear a horrible cover of an old classic, I cringe. The muzac at Walmart was particularly terrible this year!

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      Robie Benve 5 years ago from Ohio

      Wonderful, I really enjoyed reading while listening to the songs. It truly is one of the best times of the year... if it wasn't that my hands don't defrost until spring, I'd prefer it to summertime at the beach! lol

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      moonlake 5 years ago from America

      I was in the stores the other day listening to some of the Christmas songs they were playing thinking how much I disliked them. They put on the worst songs I can't stand it when old Christmas songs have been redone they sound awful. That's what they were playing. I was hoping someone would put Elvis Christmas songs on.

      Enjoyed your hub and like all the songs and singers you have listen. Voted up.