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About.comIntroduction. During the halcyon days of the world wide web, our friends at About.com were one of the hottest destinations around. The ensuing decade of chaotic blogs, posts, and tweets obliterated the idea that a select group of experts might actually know more about the world than some random jerk with a souped-up laptop. To me, that's sad, and this list shows why. Compiled by Robert Fontenot, Top 40 Christmas Oldies Songs is a rock solid, well annotated list, and I am proud to point out that it overlaps prodigiously with my own Top 100 Songs. Admittedly, though, it holds few surprises - something with which critic's are usually fond of spicing their lists - and Fontenot's taste's drift towards the middle of the road. Nevertheless, his choices are beyond reproach, and I wanted to share his list (copyright notwithstanding...). Click through to the About.com website for a history of each track - maybe that will keep their lawyers at bay! (Incidentally, About.com has published at least two other entertaining lists: Best Christmas Rock Songs and Top 100 Christmas Pop Songs.)

AlbumsAbout.com's Top 40 Christmas Oldies Songs

  1. Jingle Bell Rock (Bobby Helms, 1957)
  2. Blue Christmas (Elvis Presley, 1957)
  3. Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree (Brenda Lee, 1958)
  4. Please Come Home For Christmas (Charles Brown, 1960)
  5. Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) (Darlene Love, 1963)
  6. White Christmas (The Drifters, 1954)
  7. Run Rudolph Run (Chuck Berry, 1958)
  8. Santa Baby (Eartha Kitt, 1953)
  9. The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas To You) (Nat King Cole, 1946)
  10. White Christmas (Bing Crosby, 1947)
  11. Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer (Gene Autry, 1949)
  12. The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don't Be Late) (David Seville and the Chipmunks, 1958)
  13. A Holly Jolly Christmas (Burl Ives, 1964)
  14. Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town (Bruce Springsteen, 1975)
  15. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas (Judy Garland, 1944)
  16. Sleigh Ride (The Ventures, 1965)
  17. Happy Xmas (War Is Over) (John Lennon and Yoko Ono, 1971)
  18. Step Into Christmas (Elton John, 1973)
  19. Merry Christmas Baby (Otis Redding, 1968)
  20. Frosty The Snowman (The Ronettes, 1963)
  21. The Little Drummer Boy (Harry Simeone Chorale, 1958)
  22. Christmas Medley (Salsoul Orchestra, 1976)
  23. This Christmas (Donny Hathaway, 1970)
  24. Pretty Paper (Roy Orbison, 1963)
  25. Christmas Time Is Here (Vince Guaraldi Trio, 1965)
  26. Christmas Comes But Once A Year (Amos Milburn, 1960)
  27. Little Saint Nick (Beach Boys, 1963)
  28. Merry Xmas Everybody (Slade, 1973)
  29. Someday at Christmas (Stevie Wonder, 1966)
  30. Feliz Navidad (Jose Feliciano, 1970)
  31. Santa Claus Is Watching You (Ray Stevens, 1962)
  32. It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas (Perry Como, 1951)
  33. Wonderful Christmastime (Paul McCartney, 1979)
  34. Merry Christmas Darling (The Carpenters, 1970)
  35. I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus (Jimmy Boyd, 1952)
  36. All I Want For Christmas (Is My Two Front Teeth) (Spike Jones, 1949)
  37. Mary's Boy Child (Harry Belafonte, 1956)
  38. What Are You Doing New Year's Eve? (The Orioles, 1949)
  39. Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! (Dean Martin, 1959)
  40. Christmas Time Is Here Again (The Beatles, 1967)

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