#8 – The Ronettes – “Sleigh Ride” – (1963)

Phil Spector strikes again (and not in any sort if illegal way). This time it was with The Ronettes. There are a lot of versions of “Sleigh Ride” out there but Ronnie Spector’s voice lends itself to this song far exceeding any other I’ve heard. Plus it’s very upbeat and the rest of The Ronettes singing “ring-a-ling-a-ling” in the background almost defines 60s-era girl group greatness.

#10 – Darlene Love – “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” – (1963)

This is the first song on this list from A Christmas Gift for You from Phil Spector. Sure, Phil’s gone off the deep end here lately, but back in the 60s he ruled, thanks in no small part of the amazing vocal talent of people like Darlene Love (who actually sang lead on the Crystal’s number one hit “He’s A Rebel). Darlene Love also participated in one of Saturday Night Live’s better Christmas song spoofs: “Christmastime for the Jews.”