220px-Williams-Best.jpg#20 – Andy Williams – “The Bilbao Song” – (1961)

I had this one as from ’62 but it was actually released a year earlier (hey, we’re getting way before my time here). This was a top 40 hit for Andy Williams. While it has bits that are kind of dated (the female background singers singing some nonsense), it still has a good beat and catchy lyrics.

Andy Williams – “Medley: Happy Holidays/The Holiday Season” – (1963)

This is a classic 1960s Christmas song. There are the back-up singers just highlighting random things. “He’ll be coming down the chimney, down.” And Andy is at his best: “So hoop-dee-doo and dickory-dock.” “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” gets all the love but I’ve noticed this song getting more and more airplay every year. I heard recently that Andy Williams announced that he has cancer, which sucks because he’s got a great voice and he’s a classic entertainer. Like just a solid guy – you look at his Wikipedia article and you don’t see a section called “Controversy” or anything like that. This is among his best work.

#9 – Andy Williams – “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year” – (1963)

Andy Williams has an awesome voice and this is a “holiday classic.” I don’t know what else needs to be said, except that he had another big hit from The Andy Williams Christmas Album: “Medley: Happy Holidays/The Holiday Season,” whose lyrics are more fun with the almost sarcastic sounding: “It’s the holiday season, so whoop-de-do and dickory-dock.” And another how-could-I-not-mention-it song, the creatively titled “The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas To You)” by Nat King Cole, a true classic.