To get you in a festive mood, here's a 21-song playlist for the holidays.
I Want a Hippopotamus For Christmas was written by John Rox and first performed by Oklahoma native, Gayla Peevey. Released as a single on Nov. 11 1953, Gayla was ten years-old at the time of recording. In December, it peaked at No. 24 on Billboard Top Pop Songs.
Written by John Frederick Coots and Haven Gillespie, Santa Claus Is Coming To Town was first sung on Eddie Cantor’s radio show in November 1934. It has been covered by over 200 artists since its release. The Supremes recorded their version for the 1965 album, Merry Christmas.
There are several Christmas songs titled What Christmas Means to Me, but the most-popular was written by Allen Story, Anna Gordy Gaye, and George Gordy. It's been covered by dozens of artist, starting with Stevie Wonder for his 1967 album, Someday at Christmas.
My Little Drum is by Vince Guaraldi Trio from the 1965 album, A Charlie Brown Christmas. The song's a jazz arrangement of The Little Drummer Boy, originally Carol of the Drum, which was written by Katherine Kennicott Davis in 1941 and first recorded by the Trapp Family Singers in 1951.
Written by Johnny Marks, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is based on a 1939 story created by Robert L. May and published by Montgomery Ward. It was first sung by Harry Brannon, but Gene Autry's version is most popular. Jewel covered it for her 1999 album, Joy: A Holiday Collection.
Bob Hope and Marilyn Maxwell first performed Silver Bells in The Lemon Drop Kid (1951). Writers Jay Livingston and Ray Evans originally titled it Tinkle Bells but Livingston's wife pointed out the meaning of 'tinkle'. Elvis Presley recorded it for his 1971 Elvis Sings the Wonderful World of Christmas.
I Pray on Christmas was written and recorded by Harry Connick Jr. and originally released on his 1993 album, When My Heart Finds Christmas. The album is the twelfth best-selling holiday album of all time, and the song has been recorded by several artists, including The Oak Ridge Boys.
Little Saint Nick is a hot rod Christmas song about Santa and his sleigh written by Brian Wilson and Mike Love and included on the Beach Boys' 1964 album, The Beach Boys' Christmas Album. Released in December 1963, the song peaked at No. 3 on Billboard Hot Holiday 100.
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