With five Top 40 hits, The Ronettes were very popular in the 1960s and were the only girl group to tour with The Beatles. Their version of “Sleigh Ride” is certainly a product of it’s time, and yet, also timeless.
Another of Gene Autry’s holiday classics, he was inspired to write it after hearing crowds chant: “Here Comes Santa Claus!” during a Christmas parade he was participating in. Elvis Presley puts his own spin on the tune, which is of course, his.
Most folks know Michael Landon as a successful television actor, but he was a pretty good singer, too! Anyone who’s ever been lost on the highways and byways of Texas can relate to this raucous sing-along.
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Texas Tornados, 1999
This marks Rudolph’s 3rd song on the list. Recorded for “A Christmas Tradition Volume III” album, The Texas Tornados (naturally) give a Tejano twist to the classic, with the last verse being sung in Spanish.
YouTube user unclebill68 wrote:”I produced and engineered. The label wanted a nice Xmas carol. You should have seen the look on their faces.”
“Auld Lang Syne” is a Scots-language poem written by Robert Burns in 1788 set to folk music. This song’s presence on the list is admittedly a little bit of a stretch, since it’s best known for being sung at New Year’s Eve these days.
The song is usually performed at a fairly slow tempo, but B.B. King’s rendition is more upbeat.