Ten Christmas Songs From the Fifties

The best festive tunes your grandparents no doubt love.

Imagine yourself, on December the 25th sitting around the dinner table, your grandparents to the left, your parents to the right… well, this layout may vary depending on your own family. However layout is not the arguing point of this article, today I have ten fantastic Christmas-related songs that both your parents and grandparents may remember. Without further ado, let me present ten great songs to you.

10.  Santa Claus is Back in Town – Elvis Presley

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Elvis Presley is an artist your parent’s parents will remember dancing to in their prime. *Warning* This song may arouse them out of the reclining chair and into the red and green spotlight. We here at Roobla do not take responsibility for any dislocated hips.

9.  Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree – Brenda Lee

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This song is bound to rustle the cobwebs of your family home when the time comes to open the presents. Brenda Lee will provide a sense of normality to the havoc that this time brings. You need not worry about the children complaining about the ‘old folks’ music playing, as they will be far too pre-occupied with the large unwrapped present still to come.

8.  ‘Zat You, Santa Claus? – Louis Armstrong

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Who doesn’t enjoy the hoarse voice of the brilliant Louis Armstrong? This song may be better suited for Christmas Eve, where you can hush any rambunctious children you may have to sleep by playing this song and claiming that if Santa Claus sees you awake, he may just take the gifts back with him. But of course, this song is not only for Children, it can be enjoyed any time of the year by any generation of people.

7.  Blue Christmas – Elvis Presley 

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I can hear the masses already, “Another Elvis song? This is an outrage!” Well, let me be completely sincere. Christmas Songs of the fifties were not as frequent as they are today. There were some artists who released a large amount of Christmas songs, and others who did not, but Blue Christmas will make you feel jovial, surrounded by your family and loved ones, knowing that you are not enduring a “blue Christmas”. Albeit if you are suffering from one, you can relate to Elvis, so it is a win-win situation… Perhaps.

6. White Christmas – Dean Martin 

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Who can resist the silk-esque voice of Dean Martin? A cover of the Bing Crosby song White Christmas will have you and your loved ones peering out the window, into the haze of falling snow and jocular passers by as they run from vehicle to door, laughing and joking with each other. Even though the weather outside may be frightful, the voice of Dean Martin is absolutely delightful and will go down a treat on Christmas day… Unless you live in the southern pacific, where Christmas occurs during Summer.

5. Let It Snow – Frank Sinatra

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Now whilst this song may have been released in the 40’s I could not resist adding it to the list. (There was a Dean Martin version released in 1959, however it did not seem right to have two songs by the same artist back-to-back). Frank Sinatra will have you swinging with your loved ones as the decorations on the Christmas tree reflect the warm fireplace.

4.  Silver Bells – Bing Crosby

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On the topic of Christmas tree decorations, silver bells look great contrasted with red baubles. At least that is what I try to convey to my parents, who would prefer a less symmetrical tree filled with an incongruent amount of colours and decorations, but they are followers of abstractism, I cannot fault them that.

3. Silent Night – Mahalia Jackson

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There could not be a single person, living in the western world today, who has not heard the Christmas carol ‘Silent Night’. It is simply not possible. Now I know what you may be thinking, “Mahalia Jackson, that was released in 1962! The title of this is “from the fifties”. Lies, subterfuge, seething corruption”. Yes that may be true, but it is close enough to 1959 that I will be counting it.

2. I’ll Be Home For Christmas – Johnny Mathis

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Feeling homesick in the days before Christmas? Let Johnny Mathis carry the negativity away on a vocal cloud-nine. To many, family is important. Parents love to see their children during the holiday seasons, it allows them to prepare enough food to satiate the hunger of China’s army, and remember the years when you sat in front of the Christmas tree in complete awe of the gleaming lights and glistening decorations.

Drum roll please…

1.  Jingle Bells – Perry Como

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Do I need to offer an explanation for this being the first? One of the most popular ‘Christmas spirit’ songs, played constantly in shopping malls, restaurants and by buskers on the street. It will always arouse one of two emotions, pure and unadulterated hatred, or pure and unadulterated joviality. Even though Perry Como released his version in 1961, I feel it fits this list perfectly and is my own personal favourite Christmas song to entertain and eventually annoy my family with.

And there you have it, a list of ten Christmas songs (mostly) from the 50’s. Are there any we missed, let us know in the comments below. From Roobla and from me, we wish you a very Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy holidays, or Happy Festivus.

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