Song of the Day #3,850: ‘The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas to You)’ – Nat King Cole

Wrapping up this extremely festive edition of ‘What the Kids are Listening To’ is the Hot 100’s #11 track, Nat King Cole’s ‘The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas to You).’

Cole came within one slot of landing his third Top 10 hit and his first since 1963.

Cole recorded several versions of this song, with the 1961 one (heard here) considered definitive. But the original, stripped-down 1946 version is arguably even sweeter.

I don’t know why we got such a glut of Christmas songs on this year’s Hot 100, but I’m glad. They’re classics for a reason.

Chestnuts roasting on an open fire
Jack Frost nipping at your nose
Yuletide carols being sung by a choir
Folks dressed up like Eskimos

Everybody knows a turkey and some mistletoe
Help to make the season bright
Tiny tots with their eyes all aglow
Will find it hard to sleep tonight

They know that Santa’s on his way
He’s loaded lots of toys and goodies on his sleigh
And every mother’s child is gonna spy
To see if reindeer really know how to fly

And so we’re offering this simple phrase
To kids from one to ninety-two
Although it’s been said many times
Many ways, Merry Christmas to you

And so I’m offering this simple phrase
To kids from one to ninety-two
Although it’s been said many times
Many ways, Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas to you

One thought on “Song of the Day #3,850: ‘The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas to You)’ – Nat King Cole

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    Can we officially put an end to the holiday season now (on January 18th!)?

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