With so many great songs and singers, I had a time selecting my very favorites. Drum roll, please, as I present my top ten crooners and the one Christmas song each did that stands out from the rest. To build the suspense, I am running the list backwards.
Starting our list at number ten is Brenda Lee belting out “Rocking around the Christmas Tree.” Even with the upbeat music, the girl knew how to make it sound like a stage show with spectacular music.
For a surprising ninth-place spot, how about Dean Martin with “Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow.” Hey! No booing back there. They can’t all be number one tonight – the rules say so.
Coming in as number eight is Frank Sinatra, Old Blue Eyes, performing “Winter Wonderland.” I think Frank really preferred palm trees and the Southern California sun, but he made ice, snow, and looming dark clouds sound magical.
Seventh place is another lady of talent, Judy Garland with “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.” There, that should make your heart seem light. What a voice, what a performer!
Put your hands together for number six, a man we all love, Gene Autry, the Singing Cowboy before Roy Rogers was, and the man who put “Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer” out in front of Santa’s Sleigh.
Suspense building as we resume the countdown with number five, Andy Williams, reminding us it’s “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year.” Gosh, I can remember my mom and dad listening to that with goofy looks on their faces, enjoying the music.
Strutting his stuff at number four is Nat King Cole vividly singing about chestnuts roasting and an open fire, “The Christmas Song,” a favorite of fans everywhere.
Wait! “Do You Hear What I Hear?” Yes, indeed, from ” Ahmal and the Night Visitors” is a beautiful song, rendered by none other than our number three crooner, Perry Como.
There seems to be a lot of talking out there – could it be because there are two great songs and great crooners left from this lineup? Would everyone please rise for Bing Crosby’s rendition of “White Christmas”? That’s right, by the hair of a flea, the man of many talents took second place. Just recall the competition is great tonight.
Please remain standing for my number one choice: Elvis Presley, ladies and gentlemen, boys, and girls, with Blue Christmas.
Have a wonderful Christmas, listen to this great music, add some carols of your own, and sing along!
Based on memories and a lot of dramatical flair of the author.