Top Twenty Christmas Songs Of All Time  

sexyldy1000 60F  
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12/21/2020 12:48 pm
Top Twenty Christmas Songs Of All Time



With the holiday season upon us, it is the perfect time t.o rank the 'top twenty' Christmas songs of all time. See if you agree! Note: this is not my list.

20. “Jingle Bell Rock” by Bobby Helms
First released by Bobby Helms in "1957," it peaked at #29 on the U.S. Billboard Hot One Hundred It was ‘based’ on the holiday standard “Jingle Bells” and the hit song “Rock Around The Clock,” released a few ‘yrs.’ earlier in "1954". Over time , it has appeared in hit movies such as Jingle All The Way, Lethal and Mean Girls.

19. “Feliz Navidad” by Jose Feliciano
Although the song was recorded in "1970", it slowly gained popularity in the decades since. The song didn’t chart on the U.S. Billboard Hot One Hundred until "1998. "

18. “Run Rudolph Run” by Chuck Berry
Written by Johnny Marks and Marvin Brodie, and popularized by Chuck Berry in "1958", in the same year as his iconic hit “Johnny B. Goode.”

17. “Blue Christmas” by Elvis Presley
While the song was written in "1948", it wasn’t popularized until Elvis Presley released his own version in "1957". Since then, it’s been a rock and roll staple.

16. “Christmas Time Is Here” by Vince Guaraldi Trio
It was written for A Charlie Brown Christmas in "1965" by Lee Mendelson and Vince Guaraldi for the Vince Guaraldi Trio. There is an instrumental version and a vocal version (sung by a choir of from St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in San Rafael, California) of the song.

15. “The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don’t Be Late)” by Alvin & The Chipmunks
In "1958", Ross Bagdasarian, Sr. wrote and performed it. Later, it won two Grammy Awards, including Best ’s Recording and Best Comedy Performance.

14. “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” by Brenda Lee
It was written by Johnny Marks for singer Brenda Lee, and was first released in "1958". It sold over twenty-five Million copies and appeared in a number of TV shows and movies, most notably Home Alone in '1990."

13. “Silent Night” by Bing Crosby
This Christmas standard was written by Franz Xaver Gruber and lyricist Joseph Mohr in "1818". The song was written about a small town in Austria and popularized by Bing Crosby. In fact, his version of “Silent Night” is the third bestselling single in recorded music history.

12. “Santa Claus Is Coming Town” by Jackson 5
The Jackson 5 released a Christmas album filled with holiday standards in “1970.” From all of the songs recorded for the album, “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town” was the biggest hit, as it peaked at #25 on the U.S. Billboard Hot One Hundred.

11. “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” by Gene Autry
Based on the ’s story of the same name from "1939," songwriter Johnny Marks wrote the song later in "1949." Gene Autry was the first t.o record it and it climbed t.o the #1 spot on U.S. music charts. The story and song also spawned an iconic TV special from Rankin/Bass Productions in "1964."

10. “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” by Andy Williams
Recorded by Andy Williams in "1963," it has grown in popularity over time. It has ranked in the Top Ten most downloaded and aired songs during the holiday season since "20." It has also appeared in a number of commercials including Staples, Nissan Motors and Disneyland.

9. “Santa Baby” by Eartha Kitt
Sitting on Santa’s lap is supposed to be every ’s dream. For the grown-up equivalent, songwriters Joan Javits and Philip Springer wrote “Santa Baby” in "1953" for Eartha Kitt. It was a big hit, selling over Five Hundred Thousand copies which made it a certified Gold Record.

8. “Winter Wonderland” by Michael Bublé
Felix Bernard and Richard B. Smith co-wrote it in "1934." Ever since it has been covered over hundred times by various recording artists. However, one of the most popular versions is by Michael Bublé, who recorded it in '2013.' His version spent weeks on Billboard’s Adult Contemporary charts peaking at #26.

7. “Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow” by Dean Martin
Although Ella Fitzgerald also recorded the song, it was popularized by Dean Martin. Interestingly, songwriters Sammy Cahn and Jule Styne wrote the song during a heatwave in" July,1945." The pair imagined how they would cool down from the heat and wrote the song in the process.

6. “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” by Judy Garland
In "1944," Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane co-wrote this song for Judy Garland for the film Meet Me In St. Louis. In "2004," the song was ranked #76 on American Film Institute's 1.00 …1.00 Songs, while it was also ranked #3 on American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers’ (ASCAP) most performed songs during the Christmas season.

5. “Sleigh Ride” by The Ronettes
Originally composed by Leroy Anderson in "1948," it was popularized by The Ronettes in "1963." Almost every year since its release, it charts in the top on the Billboard Holiday One Hundred

4. “The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas T.o You)” by Nat King Cole
Commonly known as “Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire,” it was first made famous by Nat King Cole in "1946." Mel Tormé co-wrote the song with Robert Wells. It was inducted in the Grammy Hall of Fame in "1974."

3. “O Holy Night” by Josh Groban
This is probably one of the most well-known Christmas carols ever made. Composed by Adolphe Adam from a poem by a wine merchant in "1847, the origins are in France where it’s known as “Cantique de Noël.” One of the most popular renditions of the Christmas song is from Josh Groban, who recorded a version in "2002," which went to #1 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary Singles chart.

2. “All I Want for Christmas Is You” by Mariah Carey
Released in "1994," it has been the go-to Christmas song for more than twenty years. It became a new holiday standard and an instant hit peaking at #1 on the U.S. Holiday One Hundred during a 30-week stint. It reached the top of the Billboard Hot One Hundred in "2015.", twenty-one years after it was first released.

1. “White Christmas” by Bing Crosby
Written by Irving Berlin in "1942" it is one of the best Christmas songs ever. Crooner Bing Crosby popularized the song on his NBC radio show on Christmas Day, and the song quickly became the best-selling single of all time. It sold more than One Hundred million copies around the world.


Source: Reader’s Digest Canada, December 17, 2020

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sexyldy1000 60F  
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12/21/2020 12:52 pm

I like several of the songs listed for different reasons. One of my other all-time favourites, which didn't make the list is Merry Christmas Darling by the Carpenters. Did yours make the list?

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Pleasureinc 57M  
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12/21/2020 1:04 pm

It is a great list, and I like all of them.


funsnellvillecpl 63M/51F  
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12/21/2020 1:07 pm

i agree with you on num 1 but not some of the others , nothing from Johnny Mathis ?


newbie19625 58M
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12/21/2020 1:37 pm

This is a good list but, I like the older version of most of these songs. Dean Martin, Bing, Andy Williams, Judy Garland...…. MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!


trixietrixster 53F  
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12/21/2020 1:47 pm

Oh, now I know the actual name of some of the ones I enjoy! And, it's kewl to know their origins! Thank you ...

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Granny872 68F  
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12/21/2020 1:54 pm

I heard something interesting on the local radio station today.

"Do You Hear What I Hear?" is a song written in October 1962, with lyrics by Noël Regney and music by Gloria Shayne. The pair, married at the time, wrote it as a plea for peace during the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Great list!

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justaguyinalaska 54M  
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12/21/2020 2:40 pm

It is hard to disagree with this cheery, upbeat list.

From a historical (and Judeo-Christian) perspective, the GOAT list would also include these more somber and spiritual pieces:

Come All Ye Faithful
God Rest You Merry Gentlemen
The First Noel
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
Joy To The World
What Child Is This?

While I grew up singing these tunes, I am cheered to see Christmas evolving into a more diverse and inclusive celebration. I have no qualms about stuffing these oldies into a memory box.


redrockrascal 62M
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12/21/2020 2:46 pm

"All I Want for Christmas Is You” by Vince Vance and the Valiants is a much better song that anything Mariah Carey has done.

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easyrider4008 64M
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12/21/2020 3:15 pm

Some good tunes there. I think the list must be based on billboard positions and that is why they have missed some important ones out.


Tmptrzz 58F  
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12/21/2020 4:11 pm

These are some great traditional Christmas songs for the most part. I hope you and your family have a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year my friend..

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dpguy1957 63M  
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12/21/2020 6:02 pm

My top three are;

Little Dummer Boy by Bing Crosby/David Bowie

Snoopy's Christmas by The Royal Guardsmen

and my favorite is,

Jingle Bells by The Barking Dogs

Happy Festivus everyone !!!


superbjversion2 65F
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12/21/2020 7:30 pm

I like your list. One of my favorites is The Christmas Waltz by Doris Day

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lok4fun500 110M  
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12/21/2020 8:36 pm

#13 is my favorite!
I sing all these songs many times as the team leads me around the globe on Christmas Eve! It keeps them alert and me awake!





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Solfan55 66M  
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12/22/2020 7:47 am

The interesting thing about lists is that they rarely get universal agreement. These are all great songs IMHO. What ever happened to Jose Feliciano BTW?

Have a very Merry Christmas sexyldy! Here's to better things in 2021.


sexyldy1000 60F  
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12/22/2020 6:46 pm

    Quoting Pleasureinc:
    It is a great list, and I like all of them.
Good to hear! Thanks for stopping by. Look around again

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sexyldy1000 60F  
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12/22/2020 6:48 pm

    Quoting funsnellvillecpl:
    i agree with you on num 1 but not some of the others , nothing from Johnny Mathis ?
I agree he had some great songs! My mother was a huge fan of his. I didn't make up the list and thought it would be fun to share.

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sexyldy1000 60F  
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12/22/2020 6:49 pm

    Quoting newbie19625:
    This is a good list but, I like the older version of most of these songs. Dean Martin, Bing, Andy Williams, Judy Garland...…. MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!
All good choices and that's why they made the list . Merry Christmas to you also!

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sexyldy1000 60F  
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12/22/2020 6:51 pm

    Quoting trixietrixster:
    Oh, now I know the actual name of some of the ones I enjoy! And, it's kewl to know their origins! Thank you ...
I thought it was pretty cool too!

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sexyldy1000 60F  
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12/22/2020 6:53 pm

    Quoting Granny872:
    I heard something interesting on the local radio station today.

    "Do You Hear What I Hear?" is a song written in October 1962, with lyrics by Noël Regney and music by Gloria Shayne. The pair, married at the time, wrote it as a plea for peace during the Cuban Missile Crisis.

    Great list!
Wow! I have sung that song many times and didn't know the background of it. Thanks for stopping by and for sharing that tidbit!

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sexyldy1000 60F  
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12/22/2020 7:01 pm

    Quoting justaguyinalaska:
    It is hard to disagree with this cheery, upbeat list.

    From a historical (and Judeo-Christian) perspective, the GOAT list would also include these more somber and spiritual pieces:

    Come All Ye Faithful
    God Rest You Merry Gentlemen
    The First Noel
    Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
    Joy To The World
    What Child Is This?

    While I grew up singing these tunes, I am cheered to see Christmas evolving into a more diverse and inclusive celebration. I have no qualms about stuffing these oldies into a memory box.
Perhaps the list I included should have differentiated between songs, carols and hymns. The first time I heard 'O Holy Night' sung by a tenor, I was in grade two. To this day, I can't listen, to it without crying.

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sexyldy1000 60F  
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12/22/2020 7:03 pm

    Quoting redrockrascal:
    "All I Want for Christmas Is You” by Vince Vance and the Valiants is a much better song that anything Mariah Carey has done.
Hey, don't shoot the messenger. I am also not a fan of hers.

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sexyldy1000 60F  
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12/22/2020 7:04 pm

    Quoting easyrider4008:
    Some good tunes there. I think the list must be based on billboard positions and that is why they have missed some important ones out.
I don't disagree. It does seem based on sales and what lists they topped. I thought it was interesting to get the backstory to many of them.

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sexyldy1000 60F  
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12/22/2020 7:06 pm

    Quoting Tmptrzz:
    These are some great traditional Christmas songs for the most part. I hope you and your family have a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year my friend..
Thank you for your good wishes. Tidings of comfort are what I am sending your way. You deserve every bit of happiness and serenity that comes your way.

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sexyldy1000 60F  
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12/22/2020 7:08 pm

    Quoting dpguy1957:
    My top three are;

    Little Dummer Boy by Bing Crosby/David Bowie

    Snoopy's Christmas by The Royal Guardsmen

    and my favorite is,

    Jingle Bells by The Barking Dogs

    Happy Festivus everyone !!!
Interesting choices! Thanks for dropping by and sharing your list! Happy Festivus... for the Rest of Us!

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sexyldy1000 60F  
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12/22/2020 7:15 pm

    Quoting superbjversion2:
    I like your list. One of my favorites is The Christmas Waltz by Doris Day
Gee, I had forgotten about that song and didn't know the Doris Day version. Did you know, Frank Sinatra recorded it before her. For what would become the B-side of " White Christmas ", Sinatra first recorded "The Christmas Waltz" with a chorus as well as an arrangement by Nelson Riddle on August 23, 1954.

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sexyldy1000 60F  
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12/22/2020 7:17 pm

    Quoting lok4fun500:
    #13 is my favorite!
    I sing all these songs many times as the team leads me around the globe on Christmas Eve! It keeps them alert and me awake!

I always enjoyed singing "Silent Night", especially during candlelight services. You better rest up Santa, only 2 more sleeps till you start your long journey!

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sexyldy1000 60F  
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12/22/2020 7:21 pm

    Quoting Solfan55:
    The interesting thing about lists is that they rarely get universal agreement. These are all great songs IMHO. What ever happened to Jose Feliciano BTW?

    Have a very Merry Christmas sexyldy! Here's to better things in 2021.
Yes, I agree. It's one of the reasons I wanted to share this list. I saw Jose Feliciano featured recently on CBS Sunday Morning in honour of the 50 year anniversary of Feliz Navidad. He sounded great. Merry Christmas to you. Keep safe and here's to a much better 2021!

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Paulxx001 63M
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12/22/2020 10:11 pm

Good ones... I'm pretty sure there are another 10 good ones out there.
I've heard some more recent ones - who's title slips my mind - that are pretty good as well. 👍 🎄🎅


sexyldy1000 60F  
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12/23/2020 5:50 am

    Quoting Paulxx001:
    Good ones... I'm pretty sure there are another 10 good ones out there.
    I've heard some more recent ones - who's title slips my mind - that are pretty good as well. 👍 🎄🎅
Lists are like opinions, everyone can have one 😊. Some of my favourites didn’t make this particular list. I still love the traditional Christmas 🎄hymns ⛪️.

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MrRareity 61M  
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12/23/2020 9:48 am

Every year when mom was alive we would watch White Christmas. I loved the move and it doesn't surprise me that it's the number 1 song. I also love the soft tender voice of Nat King Cole. There is something about him like Bing Crosby that I like very much. I won't listen to anything by Mariah Carey. I just don't like how she thinks she's better than everyone else. Wishing you a very Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year.

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sexyldy1000 60F  
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12/23/2020 3:31 pm

White Christmas's longevity is a testament to the quality of the song and Bing's interpretation of it. I too am not a Mariah fan. I know this year has been a tough one for you. Peace be with you and may 2021 bring you happiness,

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MrRareity 61M  
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12/23/2020 10:50 pm

    Quoting sexyldy1000:
    White Christmas's longevity is a testament to the quality of the song and Bing's interpretation of it. I too am not a Mariah fan. I know this year has been a tough one for you. Peace be with you and may 2021 bring you happiness,
Thank you, and I hope your holidays are happy and joyful.

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ltrskr 72M  
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1/11/2021 10:22 am

I wrote this a few years ago but it just never caught on.......

Up on the housetop slick as glass
Santa fell down and broke his ass
Hit his balls on a to by four
Santa don't come to my house no more.....LMAO!

Great list.
"I'm dreaming of a white Christmas" is one of my favorites...
Today (01/11/2021) we got 7-8 inches of snow, in South Central Texas!
The first time my 9 year old Granddaughter has seen snow.......


sexyldy1000 60F  
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1/11/2021 3:37 pm

    Quoting ltrskr:
    I wrote this a few years ago but it just never caught on.......

    Up on the housetop slick as glass
    Santa fell down and broke his ass
    Hit his balls on a to by four
    Santa don't come to my house no more.....LMAO!

    Great list.
    "I'm dreaming of a white Christmas" is one of my favorites...
    Today (01/11/2021) we got 7-8 inches of snow, in South Central Texas!
    The first time my 9 year old Granddaughter has seen snow.......
No doubt many have wondered how Santa was never injured dropping down into chimneys! It’s been a strange winter thus far...we have not had much snow and mostly above seasonal temperatures. However, it could all change by the end of this month when the polar vortex starts pushing this way. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

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SMOOTHISGOOD07 68M  
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1/12/2021 2:18 am

The list needs to include . . . "And So This Is Christmas" by John Lennon.


sexyldy1000 60F  
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1/12/2021 5:21 am

    Quoting SMOOTHISGOOD07:
    The list needs to include . . . "And So This Is Christmas" by John Lennon.
I agree that is a great song. The list I think was based on sales more than quality/impact. Thanks for stopping by. Keep safe!

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Ceeezilla 54M
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1/14/2021 5:48 pm

Last Christmas by G Michael....
Reminds me of an experience I had here..


sexyldy1000 60F  
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1/15/2021 4:31 am

    Quoting Ceeezilla:
    Last Christmas by G Michael....
    Reminds me of an experience I had here..
Sounds like there is ‘more to the story’. Perhaps some day, you will share it.

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Ceeezilla 54M
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1/16/2021 5:25 am

    Quoting sexyldy1000:
    Sounds like there is ‘more to the story’. Perhaps some day, you will share it.
There’s a whole lot more to it is an understatement. But water under the bridge that’s been burned. Lesson learned.


Muffinmilker 59M  
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1/16/2021 6:30 am

Yes but Do You know how the Mel Torme Christmas song originated?? It was a Hot Summer day in California and He wrote about snowy scene. Jack Frost nipping at your nose ... When his friend returned He showed. him the lyrics. They decided that Nat King Cole should sing it first.


sexyldy1000 60F  
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1/16/2021 11:21 am

    Quoting Ceeezilla:
    There’s a whole lot more to it is an understatement. But water under the bridge that’s been burned. Lesson learned.
Fair enough; no further explanation required. Thanks for following up.

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sexyldy1000 60F  
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1/16/2021 11:23 am

    Quoting Muffinmilker:
    Yes but Do You know how the Mel Torme Christmas song originated?? It was a Hot Summer day in California and He wrote about snowy scene. Jack Frost nipping at your nose ... When his friend returned He showed. him the lyrics. They decided that Nat King Cole should sing it first.
Actually I did know that. I found out about it when I was doing the research for this post. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

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