Vaughn Monroe & His Orchestra – “Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!” – (1946)

Well this is one of the best-selling songs of all time. It was written by Sammy Cahn and Jule Styne in 1945 – in July. In California. On one of the hottest days ever recorded. Vaughn Monroe recorded it later that year and it became a smash hit in 1946 – in fact, hitting #1. Strangely, even though this is always played during Christmas and is widely regarded as a Christmas song, it never mentions Christmas. It’s our association of snow and Christmas that makes it a “Christmas song.” Many people have recorded this song, but this was the first – and remains the definitive version.

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.