bingBing Crosby – “Silent Night, Holy Night” – (1935)

I think Bing Crosby recorded this like every few years, because there are a number of different versions out there, with this being the earliest (but not necessarily the best). When it comes to Christmas standards, Bingle is hard to beat.

R-4488498-1366321031-4796.jpegBing Crosby & The Andrews Sisters – “Mele Kalikimaka” – (1950)

You don’t have to Hawaiian to appreciate this song. Bing is crooning in his classic style and The Andrews Sisters are great too. It really takes you back to this era when Hawaii was still sort of a new phenomenon. But this song is perfect for any Christmas when you’re under palm trees and near an ocean. Many people have since recorded this but this version remains the best. 

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.

#22 – Bing Crosby – “White Christmas” – (1942)

One of the standards. I don’t think I really need to describe it much more, although it did hit number on what was then Billboard’s current top chart, the Best Sellers in Stores (now the Hot 100). Among some of the other classics by Bing: “I’ll Be Home For Christmas,” (from 1943) and “Happy Holiday” (from 1942). Another number one single was Vaughn Monroe’s “Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!” (from 1946). From Percy Faith, there was “We Need A Little Christmas,” which was from 1966 (the original Angela Lansbury version is intolerable). And, like Bing, Perry Como also had a string of Christmas song hits (although they weren’t number one): “(There’s No Place Like) Home For The Holidays” and “It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas.”