50's Christmas Songs

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Christmas Alphabet (Dickie Valentine)
It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas (Perry Como, The Fontane Sisters)
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White Christmas (The Drifters)
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Mistletoe And Holly (Frank Sinatra)
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Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! (Dean Martin)
Run Rudolph Run (Chuck Berry)
Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree (Brenda Lee)
Santa Baby (Eartha Kitt)
Cool Yule (Louis Armstrong)
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Christmas And You (Dave King)
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Jingle Bell Rock (Bobby Helms)
Footprints In The Snow (Johnny Duncan)
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I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus (Jimmy Boyd)
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Santa Claus Got Stuck In My Chimney (Ella Fitzgerald)
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Mary's Boy Child (Harry Belafonte)
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Christmas Can't Be Very Far Away (Eddy Arnold)
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How Lovely Is Christmas (Bing Crosby)
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Snow Coach (Russ Conway)
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Santa Bring My Baby Back (To Me) (Elvis Presley)
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The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don't Be Late) (Alvin And The Chipmunks)
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Christmas Blues (Dean Martin)
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Mele Kalikimaka (Bing Crosby)
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Christmas Day (Eddie Fisher)
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Christmas Dinner (Tennessee Ernie Ford)
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I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas (Gayla Peevey)
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Take Me Back To Toyland (Nat King Cole)
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Christmas in Kellarney (Dennis Day)
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Christmas In My Hometown (Sonny James)
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Christmas In New Orleans (Louis Armstrong)
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Dig That Crazy Santa Claus (Oscar McLollie & The Honeyjumpers)
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Donde Esta Santa Claus (Augie Rios)
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(Everybody's Waitin' For) The Man With The Bag (Kay Starr)
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Frosty The Snowman (Gene Autry)
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Green Christmas (Stan Freberg)
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Happy New Year (Judy Garland)
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I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day (Bing Crosby)
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Suzy Snowflake (Rosemary Clooney)
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I Want Eddie Fisher for Christmas (Betty Johnson)
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I'm Gonna Lasso Santa Claus (Brenda Lee)
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Let's Light The Christmas Tree (Ruby Wright)
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The Little Drummer Boy (Harry Simeone Chorale)
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Little Sandy Sleighfoot (Jimmy Dean)
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Lonesome Christmas (Lowell Fulson)
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Marshmallow World (Bing Crosby, Ella Fitzgerald)
The Night Before Christmas (Rosemary Clooney)
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Nuttin' For Christmas (Art Mooney)
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Santa Claus Is Back In Town (Elvis Presley)
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The Secret Of Christmas (Bing Crosby)
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Shake Hands with Santa Claus (Louis Prima)
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Silver Bells (Bing Crosby, Carol Richards)
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There Is No Christmas Like A Home Christmas (Perry Como)
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This Time Of Year (Brook Benton)
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Winter (Spike Jones)
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As you can tell from the size and variation of this playlist the music industry had fully realised by the 1950s that Christmas was a cash cow that was well worth milking. What made the decade even more special was the fact that some of the best known Christmas acts had hit their stride from a career point of view so scattered amongst the dozens of numbers on our 50s Christmas songs are classics by Bing Crosby, Dean Martin, Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra, Brenda Lee and Elvis Presley. And it is the latter that we’ll start with because in 1957 the King recorded what remains the bestselling Christmas album of all time. ‘Elvis’ Christmas Album’ was a mix of religious and secular numbers, all given a hip shaking makeover by the Memphis great. One of our choices for this playlist is the little known but delightfully rocking Elvis tune ‘Santa Bring My Baby Back (To Me)’. 1957 proved it was some year for Christmas releases because it also saw the arrival of Frank Sinatra’s first Christmas album ‘A Jolly Christmas from Frank Sinatra’, which contained his self-penned ‘Mistletoe and Holly’.

Bing Crosby returned an enormously warm rendition of ‘Mele Kalikimaka’ (Hawaiian for ‘Merry Christmas’) in 1950 and his chirpiness was returned with interest by his backing singers the Andrews Sisters. Playing it in a much more traditional style was Perry Como’s ‘There Is No Christmas Like A Home Christmas’ which is perhaps what you’d expect from your typical 50s Christmas song. With lush orchestral instrumentation and a dreamy set of female backing vocals this was just written for outdoor skiing as the lights come on and Christmas Eve starts to work its magic. And the good times don’t end there especially when you have classics such as Bobby Helms ‘Jingle Bell Rocks’, Dean Martin’s ‘Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!’ and Brenda Lee’s ‘Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree’ generating the sort of atmosphere that still works a treat today.

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