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.

Will to Power – “Baby I Love Your Way/Freebird Medley” – (1988)

For all rational purposes, Will to Power was a one-hit wonder. But they did manage quite a feat: only getting one cover song to #1, but two – and on the same track at that! “Baby I Love Your Way” was originally a hit for Peter Frampton in 1976 and “Free Bird” a 1975 hit for Lynyrd Skynyrd. “Freebaby,” as this song is sometimes called, makes more use of Frampton’s hit than Skynyrd’s – but they’re both there. “Baby I Love Your Way” would hit #6 a few years after this song was released –again a cover version but this time by reggae band Big Mountain.