Bing Crosby – “I’ll Be Home For Christmas” – (1943)

Here’s a classic. It was written by Kim Gannon and Walter Kent and first recorded by Bing Crosby in 1943. It peaked at #3 on the Hot 100 in 1943. What I love about it is the wartime message within the song if you listen to it and think about what it must’ve meant to people in the mid-1940s who were trying to celebrate Christmas while their family members were freezing in Europe on fighting for their lives on some faraway island in the south Pacific. It’s a wonderful song from a time when life was both simpler and more complicated.