The 60’s was a decade of free living and loving life. We researched the top 10 1960’s songs and were surprised to see a few releases which are still big hits to this day, many of which were adaptations of the originals. Here’s our top 10!
1 – Ella Fitzgerald – Frosty The Snowman
Powerhouse Ella Fitzgerald released her version of Frosty The Snowman in December 1960. Frosty The Snowman is still really popular amongst children and is often sung over the festive season. It’s already stuck in our heads as we type!
2 – Brenda Lee – Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree
Whether you listen to this every Christmas or you recognize it from the movie “Home Alone“, everyone knows this song. The song was also released in December 1960 and is probably one of the worlds most popular Christmas songs to date.
3 – Johnny Mathis – Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas has been re-released dozens of times and each version seems to mould together, but the dulcet tones of Johnny Mathis‘ voice makes this version truly unique. Released in December 1963, this was a popular track during the sixties.
4 – The Beach Boys – Little Saint Nick
We feel a little bit strange listening to Christmas songs by a band called the ‘beach’ boys but the band is so iconic and the song remains a Christmas anthem to this day, we have no shame in singing along with it as loud as we can.
5 – Andy Williams – It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year
Another classic that was born in the 60’s! ‘It’s the most wonderful time of the year’ by Andy Williams, is an all time Christmas classic and was released in December 1963. The song continues to feature in television adverts across the festive season.
6 – Barbra Streisand – The Christmas Song
We all have heard different versions of ‘The Christmas Song‘ – we’ve even sang our own versions! (not suitable for the website unfortunately, Mandy’s singing skills are far from good!) Barbra Streisand released her version of this hit song in December 1967.
7 – A Marshmellow World – Dean Martin
Dean Martin is truly the king of the crooner’s and this song just makes us melt. On a cold winters day Deano’s voice is guaranteed to make you feel warm inside. ‘A Marshmellow World‘ was released in December 1966.
8 – If Everyday Was Like Christmas – Elvis Presley
Any song that was released by Elvis Presley was a huge hit and this was no exeption. ‘If everyday was like Christmas’ was released by Elvis in 1965 and while we don’t hear the song often nowadays, it was a firm favourite during the decade.
9 – You’re A Mean One, Mr Grinch – Thurl Ravenscroft
Again, this song shot to fame in more recent years, thanks to Home Alone which shows Kevin McCallister being left alone at home for Christmas. The song originally shot to the top of the charts in 1966. In fact, we’re noticing a trend, 1966 was certainly a year full of Christmas cheer!
10 – Christmastime Is Here Again – The Beatles
The biggest ‘boyband’ of all time, the Beatles, released a Christmas song back in 1967. The group could have released humpty dumpty and it still would have went to number one because they were so popular. This song had girls all across the globe swooning at the sound of the fab four’s voices.
And that’s our top 10 complete!
Do you have any favourite Christmas songs from the 1960’s that you still sing along too every Christmas? Be part of our ByGone Christmases and feel free to leave us your comments below, or tweet us @underxmastree .