40's Christmas Songs

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White Christmas (Bing Crosby)
Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer (Gene Autry)
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Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas (Judy Garland)
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Baby, It's Cold Outside (Dinah Shore, Buddy Clark)
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Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! (Vaughn Monroe)
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Blue Christmas (Ernest Tubb)
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I'll Be Home For Christmas (Bing Crosby)
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Let's Make Christmas Merry, Baby (Amos Milburn and His Aladdin Chickenshackers)
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All I Want For Christmas (Is My Two Front Teeth) (Spike Jones)
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Bogie Wogie Santa Claus (Mabel Scott)
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C-H-R-I-S-T-M-A-S (Eddy Arnold)
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Here Comes Santa Claus (Gene Autry)
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The Bells Of St. Mary's (Bing Crosby)
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Christmas Carols By The Old Corral (Tex Ritter)
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Christmas Island (The Andrews Sisters)
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The Christmas Song (The Nat King Cole Trio)
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You're All I Want For Christmas (Frankie Laine)
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Sleigh Ride (Arthur Fiedler)
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Footprints In The Snow (Bill Monroe)
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Happy Holiday (Bing Crosby)
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I Yust Go Nuts At Christmas (Yogi Yorgesson)
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I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm (Les Brown)
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(It's Gonna Be A) Lonely Christmas (Orioles)
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Let's Start The New Year Right (Bing Crosby)
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Merry Christmas Baby (Johnny Moore's Blazers)
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Snowfall (Theme Song) (Claude Thornhill)
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Twas The Night Before Christmas (Fred Waring And His Pennsylvanians)
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Will Santy Come To Shanty Town (Eddy Arnold)
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Winter Weather (Benny Goodman)
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Yingle Bells (Yogi Yorgesson)
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Merry Christmas (Judy Garland)
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Santa Claus Is On His Way (Sammy Kaye & His Orchestra)
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JIngle Bells (Glenn Miller)
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On A Christmas Day (Leadbelly)
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Twas The Night Before Christmas (Fred Waring)
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For those who miss the scratch, hiss and pop of vinyl this is certainly a playlist that will have you welling up. The 1940’s were of course characterised by the rage of World War II so songs such as Bing Crosby ‘White Christmas’ were understandably at the top of the agenda throughout the decade (and evermore if truth be told). But the one thing you will take from this list of 40s Christmas songs is how chipper they were, perhaps primarily to help divert attention away from the tragedy of the war taking place all around. This was the decade where Johnny Marks’ ‘Rudolf The Red-Nosed Reindeer’ made its first appearance courtesy of the Singing Cowboy Gene Autry. It was a time of grandiose recordings involving large orchestras and big bands so Glenn Miller’s ‘Jingle Bells’ sounds like something put together in a National Concert Hall. Sammy Kaye’s ‘Santa Claus Is On His Way’ may be a tad ruffled around the edges but boy what a swing this rare Christmas song bears. For something altogether stylish and danceable you can always depend on the trio of Andrew Sisters whose ‘Christmas Island’ must have seemed like an exotic dream for the troops marooned in the trenches. Nat King Cole also offered the first of his four versions of ‘The Christmas Song’ in 1946. This song, which was recorded in New York, has been since usurped by its 1961 counterpart but what a pleasant surprise it must have given all those who heard it in just that second post-war Christmas.

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