Christmas is coming and you may have already heard some Christmas songs on the radio. True, some think playing Christmas music this early is annoying, but I personally don’t mind it. I love listening to Christmas tunes at home, cuddled up on the sofa on a chilly night, while shopping, or in the car. There are so many genres of Christmas music I never get bored. From blues, jazz, traditional, country, pop, religious and classical, there is a style of Christmas music for everyone and I’m sure everyone has their favorite!
Christmas music also evokes every emotion we possess. Some songs make us laugh, others make us sad or bring back memories of Christmases past, and many times they just make us feel like kids again. I would like to share my top 10 Christmas crooners of all time! I’m ready to hear my favorite songs and catch some holiday spirit! The crooners I love are listed in no particular order because I love them all, one as well as the other.
Elvis Presley – I listed Elvis as a favorite crooner of mine because I absolutely love his Christmas classic “BlueChristmas!” I can’t hear this song enough during the holidays. Elvis recorded this song on his first Christmas LP album in 1957. Blue Christmas wasn’t released until 1964 as a 45rpm single, which soared to #1 on Billboard’s special Christmas Singles chart. www.squidoo.com
Frank Sinatra– Ole blue eyes, I love him. My favorite Christmas song from Frank Sinatra is hands down, “TheChristmas Waltz. Sinatra can only be referred to as legendary and his grip on the Christmas season has never ceased. He is as popular now as he was in 1957 when he recorded “The Christmas Waltz” on his first full length album with Capitol Records. This song paints such a lovely picture. To listen to The Christmas Waltz click ~Christmas Waltz~ Frank Sinatra. SINATRA.COM
Bing Crosby- Bing Crosby easily made my top ten list of legendary Christmas crooners. I, like millions of others have to say “White Christmas” is my favorite from Crosby. You can listen free to Bing Crosby Christmas songs here. From 1934 to 1954 Crosby pretty much had a monopoly on record sales, radio ratings, and motion picture grosses Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without listening to Bing!
Harry Connick Jr. – What can I say; Harry Connick, Jr. is smooth and good-looking, not to mention multi-talented. Oh yeah, I forgot to mention he’s definitely one of my favorite crooners at Christmas as well as any time of the year. “When My Heart Finds Christmas” one of Connick’s songs on his first Christmas album released in 1993 is my favorite. Although, not as well known for his Christmas music as the others listed, he still makes my top 10 crooner list because of his smooth voice that reminds me of Frank Sinatra. When My Heart Finds Christmas – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Gene Autry – The most traditional and fun Christmas songs are in my opinion from Gene Autry, the original singing cowboy. Autry’s “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” released in 1949 is one of every child’s favorites, thus one of every adult’s favorites. Beginning in the 1930’s throughout the next 3 decades he was a staple on television, radio, and in the movies. And still today, Christmas wouldn’t be the same without Autry’s Rudolph, “Frosty the Snowman,” and “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” classics. Click here for a link where you can download Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer to your cell phone! www.songfacts.com
Josh Groban – I listed Josh Groban as one of my favorite top 10 Christmas crooners because of his majestic and pure voice, it is captivating! Though not legendary yet as the others, Groban is destined to be. His performance of “O Holy Night” performed at the NY Rockefeller Center in 2002 can be heard at YouTube – Josh Groban – O Holy Night
Ella Fitzgerald– If you want a swinging and jazzy Christmas, Fitzgerald is the best in this genre. Known for recording many Christmas songs that include “Jingle Bells,” “Sleigh Ride,” and “Have Yourself a Merry LittleChristmas“, Ella belts out all of these tunes with her vibrant and flawless voice. Fitzgerald’s career was long; she was active from 1934 to1993. She is still considered the First Lady of Song, a title well deserved. I don’t have a favorite of Ella’s; I love every song she ever sang, Christmas or not. Ella Fitzgerald – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Andrea Bocelli– My top 10 Christmas crooners list wouldn’t be complete without Andrea Bocelli. I’m normally not a huge fan of opera, but Andrea is tops in this genre and his voice is like a finely tuned musical instrument. Bocelli sings many traditional Christmas songs and all of them are worth listening to. Bocelli’s career started in 1992 and he is loved among millions today and no doubt will be forever. Andrea Bocelli – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Aretha Franklin- Aretha Franklin, the queen of soul has been in the music business for four decades, however it wasn’t until 2002 that she released her first ever Christmas album, called “The Christmas Aretha.” Franklin adds a soulful twist to Christmas standards such as “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing,” “The Lord Will Make a Way,” and “Angels We Have Heard on High” will warm your heart and add something special to your holiday. Amazon.com
Burl Ives – Ives released a Christmas album in 1965 entitled “Have a Holly Jolly Christmas,” and from childhood until right now, every time I hear this song by him, I do feel jolly and I doubt anyone can hear it without singing along.
If you haven’t listened to these legendary 10 Christmas crooners in a long time, don’t you think this Christmas may be a good time to re-visit past days past and renew your Christmas spirit with some of these outstanding old-timers?
I wish you the best Christmas season ever!
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Personal experience as a true Christmas music lover