Setting the Mood for a 1960s Christmas

Well, the 60s were special and setting the mood for a 60’s party takes both music and TV specials.  So I compiled a list from wikipedia of the top singles, the top albums and tv specials of the 1960s. So click on the video and listen to the sounds of Brenda Lee as you peruse this list.

Year

Singles

Albums

Specials

1960

  1. Caroling, Caroling
    Nat King Cole
  2. Dominick The Donkey, Lou Monte
  3. Christmas Day, Detroit Junior
  4. Christmas Comes But Once A Year, Amos Milburn
  5. Christmas Auld Lang Syne (LP Version), Bobby Darin
  6. I Like A Sleighride (Jingle Bells),Peggy Lee
  7. Twistin’ Bells, Santo & Johnny
  8. Merry, Merry Christmas Baby, Dodie Stevens
Christmas Sing-Along with Mitch, by Mitch Miller & the Gang none

1961

  1. Baby’s First Christmas, Connie Francis
  2. A Kiss For Christmas (O Tannenbaum), Joe Dowell
  3. Kissin’ By The Mistletoe (Mono Mix), Aretha Franklin
  4. Little Altar Boy, Vic Dana
  5. The Sound Of Christmas,The Ramsey Lewis Trio
  6. Merry-twistmas, The Marcels
  7. The Twelve Days of Christmas, Mitch Miller and the Gang
Holiday Sing Along with Mitch, by Mitch Miller & the Gang none

1962

  1. Monster’s Holiday, Bobby (Boris) Pickett and the Crypt-Kickers
  2. A Not So Merry Christmas, Bobby Vee
  3. Santa Claus Is Watching You, Ray Stevens
Merry Christmas, by Johnny Mathis Mister Magoo’s Christmas Carol is a musical adaptation of Charles Dickens’ famous short story A Christmas Carol, and the first animated holiday special ever produced specifically for television.

1963

  1. All I Want For Christmas Is You, Carla Thomas
  2. Christmas (Baby Please Come Home), Darlene Love
  3. Christmas Dinner, Country Style (2006 Digital Remaster), Bing Crosby
  4. A Christmas Love, Johnny Kaye with the Morty Jay Orchestra
  5. Do You Hear What I Hear?,+ Bing Crosby
  6. Gee Whiz, It’s Christmas, Carla Thomas
  7. A’Soalin (LP Version), Peter, Paul & Mary
  8. It’s Christmas Time All Over the World, Sammy Davis, Jr.
  9. It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year, Andy Williams
  10. Jingo Jango, Bert Kaempfert and his Orchestra
  11. Li’l Elfy, Ray Bolger
  12. Little Saint Nick (Single Version), The Beach Boys
  13. The Marvelous Toy
    , Chad Mitchell Trio
  14. My Boyfriend’s Coming Home For Christmas, Toni Wine
  15. An Old Christmas Card, Jim Reeves
  16. Pretty Paper, Roy Orbison
  17. That’s What I Want For Christmas, Nancy Wilson
  18. The Twelve Gifts Of Christmas, Allan Sherman
  19. You’re All I Want For Christmas, Brook Benton
The Andy Williams Christmas Album, by Andy Williams The Christmas Song by Nat King Cole (6x Platinum)

1964

  1. Amen, The Impressions
  2. Christmas Celebration, B. B. King
  3. Christmas Will Be Just Another Lonely Day, Brenda Lee
  4. Dearest Santa, Bobby Vinton
  5.  Hooray for Santa Claus, Al Hirt
  6. A Holly Jolly Christmas, Burl Ives
  7. The Bell that Couldn’t Jingle, Bobby Vinton
  8. The Man With All The Toys (Remixed 1991), The Beach Boys
  9. O Bambino (One Cold & Blessed Winter), Harry Simeone Chorale
  10. We Wish You The Merriest, Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra with Fred Waring & the Pennsylvanians
The Andy Williams Christmas Album, by Andy Williams Rudolph the Red–Nosed Reindeeris a long-running Christmas television special produced in stop motion animation by Rankin/Bass, and the company’s first Christmas special. It first aired on December 6, 1964 on NBC and is now the world’s longest running and highest rated television special of all time.
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“Christmas Flintstone”
(also titled “How the Flintstones Saved Christmas” on a VHS release)originally aired on December 25, 1964 (Christmas Day). A similar storyline was used 13 years later for the 1977 special A Flintstone Christmas.

1965

  1. Children’s Christmas Song, The Supremes
  2. Christmas Time Is Here (Vocal – Album Version), Vince Guaraldi Trio
  3.  May You Always, Harry Harrison
  4. My Mom And Santa Claus, George Jones
  5. The Real Meaning Of Christmas,Ray Conniff and The Singers
  6. Santa Looked A Lot Like Daddy (feat. Buck Owens & Susan Raye), Buck Owens
  7. There Won’t Be Any Snow (Christmas in the Jungle), Derrik Roberts
  8. Twinkle Twinkle Little Me, The Supremes
  9. The White World of Winter, Bing Crosby
The Little Drummer Boy: A Christmas Festival, by the Harry Simeone ChoraleA Charlie Brown Christmas by Vince Guaraldi Trio(3x Platinum) A Charlie Brown Christmas is the first television special based on the popular comic strip Peanuts, and the first Christmas special for the franchise. In the special, Charlie Brown tries to find the real meaning of Christmas.

1966

  1. Barefoot Santa Claus, Sonny James
  2. Christmas Is…, Percy Faith
  3. If Every Day Was Like Christmas, Elvis Presley with The Jordanaires and the Imperials Quartet
  4. Please Uncle Sam (Send Back My Man) (Single Version), The Charmels
  5. Presents For Christmas (Single/LP Version),Solomon Burke
  6. Someday At Christmas, Stevie Wonder
  7. Sweet Little Baby Boy, James Brown
  8. Mame/We Need a Little Christmas (Lansbury, Michaels, Connell, Shimono) (Voice), Angela Lansbury and Cast of Mame
  9. Welcome Christmas, The Who Village Choir
  10. You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch, Thurl Ravenscroft
Merry Christmas, by Andy Williams Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! is a 1966 television special based on the book of the same title by Dr. Seuss (Real name: Theodore Geisel), directed by legendary cartoon director Chuck Jones. It features narration by Boris Karloff and music written by Albert Hague.

1967

  1. Christmas Time (Is Here Again), The Beatles
  2. Everyday Will Be Like A Holiday, William Bell
  3. The First Christmas,Danny Thomas
  4. Happy Birthday, Jesus (A Child’s Prayer), Patti Page
  5. Christmas Lullaby, Cary Grant
  6. I’ll Make Every Day Christmas (for My Woman), Joe Tex
  7. Let’s Make Christmas Mean Something This Year, James Brown
  8. Little Becky’s Christmas Wish, Becky Lamb
  9. Old Toy Trains, Roger Miller
  10. What Christmas Means To Me, Stevie Wonder
A Christmas Album, by Barbra Streisand (5x Platinum) Cricket on the Hearth is a Christmas special produced by Rankin/Bass, based on the story of the same title by Charles Dickens

1968

  1. All I Want for Christmas Is My Upper Plate, Homer and Jethro
  2. Christmas Shopping, Buck Owens
  3. A Christmas Wish, Bobby Goldsboro
  4. Christmas Is For Children, Glen Campbell
  5. Back Door Santa (Single/LP Version), Clarence Carter
  6. Hurry Home for Christmas, Robert Goulet
  7. My Favorite Things, Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass
  8. ‘Po Folks Christmas, Bill Anderson and The Po’ Boys
  9. Christmas Blues,Canned Heat
That Christmas Feeling, by Glen Campbell The Little Drummer Boy is a 1968 Christmas television special produced in stop-motion animation by Rankin/Bass

1969

  1. Christmas Ain’t Christmas, New Years Ain’t New Years Without The One You Love, The O’Jays
  2. The Mistletoe And Me, Isaac Hayes
Jim Nabors’ Christmas Album, by Jim Nabors Frosty the Snowman is an animated Christmas special that first aired on CBS on December 7, 1969. This special is based on the holiday song of the same name first performed by Gene Autry in the 1940s and originally written by Jack Rollins and Steve Nelson.

All I Want for Christmas is a Beatle

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