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And now, ten classic Christmas songs from television - VIDEOS

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 23rd 2007 1:44PM

Rockefeller Center treeAh, Christmas music. A lot of people hate it. Those people are called "Scrooges."

I love Christmas music. The classic stuff, that is. Sinatra, Clooney, Como, instrumental music. If I hear Bruce Spingsteen's "Santa Claus is Coming To Town" or anything by Mariah Carey or U2 or McCartney or any rock band (though I love "Jingle Bell Rock," "Christmas Wrapping," and Darlene Love, which are all great), I'll strangle an elf, I swear.

After the jump I've posted many classic moments from TV specials and Christmas episodes of shows. You'll find everything from Dean Martin to a classic soda commercial and even a part of the male anatomy, placed in a square receptacle.

The first one is the classic duet with Bing Crosby and David Bowie, which must have confused Crosby fans and Bowie fans alike. Here's some background info on how the 1977 special came about and what filming was like. Crosby died just one month after this was filmed.

Here's Judy Garland singing "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas," from a 1963 Christmas special. The kids she is singing to are Joey and Lorna Luft. A sad song, really. Check out the original version from the 1944 film Meet Me in St. Louis here and compare the two:

You can't have Christmas without Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra, and here they are singing "Marshmallow World:"

Here's a live TV version of one of the most classic Christmas songs, "The Christmas Song," by Nat King Cole:

There's Christmas music in commercials too. From Coca Cola:

The gang from The Dick Van Dyke Show are fine musicians:

A nice version of "O, Holy Night" from Studio 60:

Friends had some memorable Christmas episodes. Here's the song Phoebe wrote and sang for the gang:

And for those of you who like your holiday music a little on the odd side, we have Alvin and the Chipmunks and "Dick in a Box."

That's two different videos, by the way. I don't think Alvin and the Chipmunks ever sang "Dick in a Box," though that would be interesting.

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I wish I weren't too lazy to find some Donny Hathaway or "Let It Snow." Can Christmas even be complete without Run DMC's "Christmas in Hollis" or "Silent Night" by the Temptations?

December 23 2007 at 5:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

There's simply nothing more "classic" than Bing and Bowie singing together.

December 23 2007 at 4:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

It wouldn't be a Bob Sassone post without a reference to Studio 60!

Re: "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" being a sad song ... there was a great article about the history of the song in Entertainment Weekly last year. A great read.

December 23 2007 at 3:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Bob Sassone

Yup, that's a great addition, thanks for the link.

December 23 2007 at 2:44 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Dafyd Jones

"O, Holy Night" on Studio 60 was awesome. Maybe not classic, but a perfect Christmas song for the show - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=khSml43oKJQ

December 23 2007 at 2:23 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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