Others may think that Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra and Michael Buble should be on this list, but I personally beg to differ. Although many consider singers like Sinatra and Andy Williams the very best crooners of Christmas carols, I have my very own ranking of personal favorites. Also, most people think “Christmas singer” and think “man”. I enjoy a woman’s voice just as well, if not better. So here is a countdown of the very best women Christmas crooners … in my humble opinion:
#10. Julie Andrews – Although she is most known for her Sound of Music much loved, “My Favorite Things” – a song not necessarily related to Christmas, Julie Andrews created a couple of Christmas albums. Her voice is delightful, lilting and pitch perfect. Her popular songs, like “Joy to the World,” “Greensleeves,” and “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” bring to mind a cozy Christmas day.
#9. Ella Fitzgerald – Ella is probably best known for her different recordings of “Frosty The Snowman.” But the song that I love best is “It Came Upon A Midnight Clear” – Her voice is full, warm and just beautiful. She is a great Christmas crooner.
#8. Jo Stafford – “Sleigh Ride” and “The Little Drummer Boy” are Jo Stafford’s well-known favorites. And she brings her own sense of style to her rendition of the Bing Crosby favorite “Winter Wonderland”.
#7. Peggy Lee – “Happy Holiday” and “The Christmas Waltz” are just two of the many Peggy Lee Christmas songs that people enjoy. Her crooner voice is true, and her arrangements showcase her signature jazzy style.
#6. Doris Day – Not many would think crooner and think Doris Day, but her versions of “Silver Bells”, “Let It Snow” and “Winter Wonderland” will put you in the Christmas mood, even if you’re not a Day fan.
#5. Brenda Lee – Early rock and rollers missed the mark when Brenda Lee first released “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” and “Jingle Bell Rock” but these songs have stood the test of time and have become Christmas crooner classics. Another favorite of mine is “Blue Christmas” – definitely a toss-up if her version is better than the Elvis recording.
#4. Madonna -Although Eartha Kitt’s slower, sultrier version is good, Madonna’s recording of “Santa Baby” is livelier, more fun, and clearly demonstrates why Madonna is (regardless of her questionable rep) one of the best singers around.
#3. Martina McBride – McBride’s clear voice brings back the best yuletide memories when she sings “O Come All Ye Faithful,” “What Child Is This,” and “I’ll Be Home For Christmas.” Some consider her one of the best singers in Nashville. To be honest, I’m not much of a country music fan, but I love her Christmas songs.
#2. Celine Dion – Personally, I don’t like Celine Dion. Don’t ask me what it is about her because I couldn’t give you an answer. But there is no doubt that she is one of the best singers I’ve ever heard. Bing Crosby certainly couldn’t hold a candle to her. Her versions of “O Holy Night” and “Ave Maria” are just two of my favorites.
#1. Whitney Houston – Only one word can describe this woman’s voice – awesome. And I don’t mean that the way most people do. I mean awe-inspiring. Her recording of “Do You Hear What I Hear?” literally gave me chills the first time heard it.
Some people think the greatest crooners are men, but listen to music of some of the women on this list, and you may just have a change of heart.