Percy Faith & His Orchestra & Chorus – “We Need a Little Christmas” – (1966)

“We Need a Little Christmas” is a song that was written for the Broadway musical Mame. It was first recorded by Angela Lansbury, the star of the original Broadway production. But, honestly, her voice is so grating that her version of the song is nearly unlistenable. It’s way to show-tune-y. This is a fairly popular rendition with a simple choral arrangement instead of one booming female voice. Likely, this is the one that’s been playing on the radio since Thanksgiving.

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.

Perry Como & the Fontaine Sisters with Mitchell Ayers & his Orchestra – “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas” – (1951)

So far, I think that’s the longest artist/song title combo we’ve yet had on this site. I hate leaving out orchestras and their conductors, so I included it there. Memorize it, there’ll be a quiz later. This is the best version of this Christmas classic – he and Bing Crosby both recorded it in 1951, but Como’s was more popular initially and with Bing having done every other popular Christmas song up to that point, why not let someone else have a win. Have I already called it a classic?