Five Classic Christmas Songs Mostly Forgotten
It’s that time of year. Time to dim the lights, sip cocoa, wrap the rest of the presents, and listen to that oh-so-inspiring Christmas music. When I was a kid, Christmas songs were played ’round the clock on the radio, and on the turntable in the living room. Elvis, Bing Crosby, and Eddy Arnold, to name a few. Nowadays, it’s hard to find a station that plays those classic songs back to back, and most of them have long forgotten about those little gems that made us think of others.
Those long-lost songs you’re less likely to hear in the stores and in the car happen to be my favorite. And here’s five of them.
“I’ll Be Home for Christmas”—So many artists have covered this song, but the best rendition was by none other than Bing Crosby.
“Peace on Earth/Little Drummer Boy”—Plenty have covered this popular classic, but no recording has topped the live performance by Bing Crosby and David Bowie in 1977.
“Santa Looked a Lot Like Daddy”—Okay, so you might have heard this one lately, as recorded by Brad Paisley or Garth Brooks. But the original was released in 1965, and was performed by Buck Owens. Enjoy!
“Christmas is the Time to Say ‘I Love You'”—Not so much a real oldie, but this 1981 tune by Billy Squier played on the B side of “My Kinda Lover”. For a few years, it played quite prominently on the airwaves. Until now, I hadn’t heard it in nearly ten years.
And, my all-time favorite. Eddy Arnold’s “Will Santy come to Shanty Town?”. Warning, this is not a happy song. It’s actually quite sad. But I’ve adored it since the first time I’ve heard it at about age 11. It reminds me of those less fortunate, and inspires me to do what I can to make sure every kid gets a visit from Santa.