It’s the holiday season and there is nothing that truly makes it feel like it than the music. We’ve gathered up some of the best holiday music from our favorite ladies.
Joni Mitchell “River”
From Joni Mitchell’s 1971 album Blue. Said to be about the end of a relationship nearing Christmas. She wishes to escape the pain of the breakup, “I wish I had a river I could skate away on, a river so long I would teach my feet to fly.”
The Pretenders “2000 Miles”
“2000 Miles” was released in 1983. Released as a B-side In the US, of both the 7-inch single and 12-inch single remix of the band’s hit, “Middle of the Road.” The song was meant for James Honeyman-Scott, the groups original guitar player who died the year before.
Eartha Kitt “Santa Baby”
The 1953 Christmas song “Santa Baby,” was written by Joan Javits and Philip Springer. The cheeky Christmas songs tells the tale of a woman asking Santa for lavish gifts. The song was originally recorded by Eartha Kitt in New York in July of 1953.
Jessie Baylin “Mrs. Christmas”
The Nashville based singer/song-writer Jessie Baylin, wrote “Mrs. Christmas” prior to her wedding to Kings Of Leon drummer Nathan Followill. She wrote it for her now husband who is a self-proclaimed Christmas music junkie who starts listening to Christmas music well before the holiday season begins.
Johnny Mercer and Margaret Whiting “Baby It’s Cold Outside”
The words and music for “Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” was written by Frank Loesser. The song is more of a romantic song with a winter theme, but popular during the holiday season.
Kay Starr “Everybody’s Waitin for the Man with the Bag”
Written in 1950 “(Everybody’s Waitin’ for) The Man with the Bag,” by Irving Taylor, Dudley Brooks, and Hal Stanley, tells the story of Santa Claus (the man with the bag) who drops presents off from his sleigh.
Annie Lennox “Angels in the Realms of Glory”
Lennox does a cover of “Angels in the Realms of Glory” from her 2010 Christmas album, A Christmas Cornucopia. It is a Christmas carol written by poet James Montgomery from Scotland on Christmas Eve in 1816.
First Aid Kit “Blue Christmas”
First Aid Kit covers “Blue Christmas,” which is most famously covered by Elvis. The Swedish sisters, Johanna and Kara Soderberg hail from a suburban town outside of Stockholm called Enskede.
Gayle Peevey “I want a hippopotamus for Christmas”
Written by John Rox, “I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas” is a Christmas song performed by a 10 year old Gayla Peevey in 1953. Peevey was later presented with an actual hippopotamus due to the popularity of the song which she donated to the Detroit zoo.
Cat Power “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”
We first heard the Christmas classic performed by Cat Power on the Apple Christmas commercial on December 18, 2013. The song, written by Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane, was originally made famous by Judy Garland.
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