220px-Single_Gene_Autry-Rudolph,_the_Red-Nosed_Reindeer_coverGene Autry – “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” – (1949)

Gene Autry made a career off of novelty records. Sure, he was the singing cowboy but his Christmas songs are what stood the test of time. Autry didn’t write this song (it was written in 1939) but his version is what made it a song sung in every household. In fact, this song was a #1 hit. Interestingly, this was the only #1 hit to fall completely off the charts from the top spot – a dubious honor, but understandable considering its content and timeliness. Merry Christmas.