Vince Guaraldi Trio Christmas SongA Charlie Brown Christmas is an album by the Vince Guaraldi Trio, released in 1965 as the soundtrack to the CBS Christmas television special of the same name. It is among the most popular holiday music albums of all time.

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Andy Williams Christmas SongsIt’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year is a popular x-mas favorite written in 1963 by Eddie Pola and George Wyle. It was recorded and released that year by pop singer Andy Williams for his first Christmas album, The Andy Williams Christmas Album.

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 Merry Christmas Baby Christmas Music

Merry Christmas, Baby reached position number 3 on Billboard’s chart in 1947. Guitarist Johnny Moore orchestrated an impressive lineup of players for the recording session, including bassist Eddie Williams, guitarist Oscar Moore, and singer/pianist Charles Brown. If you want to add a little “cool” to your playlist, then this one is for you.

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Winter Wonderland Ray Charles

Winter Wonderland is a Christmas time pop standard written in 1934 by Felix Bernard and Richard B. Smith. Ray Charles recorded this version of Winter Wonderland in 1985 and is featured on The Spirit of Christmas album. Every time I hear this song I think of Clark Griswold sitting in his attic watching old childhood Christmas films. Remember that scene?

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Charles Brown Christmas SongPlease Come Home for Christmas was released in 1960, by the American blues singer and pianist Charles Brown. Hitting Billboard’s Hot 100 chart in December 1961, the tune Brown co-wrote with Gene Redd peaked at 76. The lyrics paint a typical “blues” setting, grief, pain and more grief. No one said all Christmas songs have to be happy.

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Sleigh Ride Ella Fitzgerald

Sleigh Ride is a Christmas song composed by Leroy Anderson. The composer had the original idea for the piece during a heat wave in July 1946 but he eventually finished the work in February 1948. The lyrics, about a person who would like to ride in a sleigh on a winter’s day with another person, were written by Mitchell Parish in 1950. Now that what I call a sophisticated lyrical interpretation.

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O Tannenbaum VInce Guaraldi Christmas

O Tannenbaum, or, in its English version, O Christmas Tree, is a Christmas carol of German origin. Also with a German origin: David Hasselhoff. On another note, a Tannenbaum is a fir tree or aka a Christmas tree. The first known Tannenbaum song lyrics date back to 1550 – which was a long time ago.

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jingle-bell-rockJingle Bell Rock is considered the first mainstream Rock ‘n’ Roll Christmas song. Although this was released only 2 days before Christmas in 1957, Jingle Bell Rock still hit number 6 on the pop chart. The song was re-released around Christmas in 1958 and again in 1960, making it back to the charts each time.

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Let It Snow Frank Sinatra

Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!, also known as “Let It Snow”, is a song written by lyricist Sammy Cahn and Jule Styne in 1945. It was written in July 1945 in Hollywood, California during supposedly one of the hottest days on record. I personally looked up the  hottest recorded temperature in July 1945 and it was only 96 degrees, what a pansy.

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