Nat King Cole Trio – “The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas to You)” – (1946)

I have the sneaking suspicion that the video I linked to above is seasonal… but maybe not. Maybe Nat King Cole didn’t get a YouTube account until August of 2011. Who knows. This is one of the most beloved Christmas songs of all time. The title isn’t terribly original but the song itself is pure class. Most people refer to it by its opening line “Chestnuts roasting on an open fire.” It’s been covered by just about everyone – Cole recorded it first, although it was written by Mel Torme, who later recorded it himself. According to BMI, this is the most performed Christmas song. Not hard to see why.

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