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VIA JETHRO:

This is a multiple choice quiz inspired by the idea that everyone who collects Christmas albums winds up with multiple versions of the same songs. But do we know which artists have the distinction of recording those songs first?

Below are twenty-five Christmas songs. Select the artist who first recorded each song from the choices we’ve provided. The choices aren’t random: each is an artist, duo, or group who has recorded that song. Who knows, maybe you’ll discover some new versions of old favorites to add to your collection.

I’ve linked the song title to the original versions. Merry Christmas. -bfh

1. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas A. Frank Sinatra B. Judy Garland C. Tony Bennett D. Doris Day

2. Baby, It’s Cold Outside A. Ray Charles and Betty Carter B. Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Jordan C. Dinah Shore and Buddy Clark D. Nick Lachey and Jessica Simpson

3. Happy Christmas (War Is Over) A. John Lennon and Yoko Ono B. Neil Diamond C. Celine Dion D. Melissa Ethridge

4. Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree A. The Partridge Family B. Amy Grant C. Brenda Lee D. Cyndi Lauper

5. White Christmas A. Frank Sinatra B. Elvis Presley C. Perry Como D. Bing Crosby

6. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer A. Gene Autry B. The Cadillacs C. Bing Crosby D. Paul Anka

7. Santa Baby A. Mae West B. Eartha Kitt C. Madonna D. LeAnn Rimes

8. The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire) A. Judy Garland B. Sammy Davis, Jr. C. Robert Goulett D. Nat King Cole

9. A Marshmallow World A. Dean Martin B. Johnny Mathis C. Bing Crosby D. Brenda Lee

10. We Need a Little Christmas A. Lucille Ball B. The Muppets C. Angela Lansbury D. Andy Williams

11. Frosty the Snowman A. The Beach Boys B. Gene Autry C. Perry Como D. Johnny Mathis

12. Please Come Home For Christmas A. Eagles B. Bon Jovi C. Vonda Shepard D. Charles Brown

13. Run Rudolph Run A. Jimmy Buffet B. Chuck Berry C. Billy Idol D. Billy Ray Cyrus

14. Here Comes Santa Claus A. Gene Autry B. Elvis Presley C. Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisters D. Doris Day

15. Mele Kalikimaka A. Bette Midler B. KT Tunstall C. The Puppini Sisters D. Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisters

16. The Man With the Bag A. Vonda Shepard B. The Brian Setzer Orchestra C. Lee Ann Womack D. Kay Starr

17. Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! A. Vaughn Monroe B. Doris Day C. Smokey Robinson and the Miracles D. Frank Sinatra

18. It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year A. Johnny Mathis B. Andy Williams C. Amy Grant D. Harry Connick Jr.

19. I’ll Be Home for Christmas A. Tony Bennett B. Dean Martin C. Bing Crosby D. Andy Williams

20. All I Want for Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth A. Alvin and the Chipmunks B. Ray Stevens C. Spike Jones D. Nat King Cole

21. Winter Wonderland A. Burl Ives B. Louis Armstrong C. Perry Como D. Richard Himber

22. Christmas Wrapping A. The Donnas B. The Waitresses C. The Spice Girls D. Heather Morris

23. Jingle Bell Rock A. Bobby Helms B. K.D. Lang C. Brenda Lee D. Chubby Checker

24. The Secret of Christmas A. Ella Fitzgerald B. Johnny Mathis C. Bing Crosby D. Julie Andrews

25. Merry Christmas Darling A. Vanessa Williams B. Boyz II Men C. Amy Grant D. The Carpenters

» 18 Comments

  1. Jethro

    December 24th, 2012

    ;-)

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  2. Abby Normal Dude

    December 24th, 2012

    Once again I am totally fed up with Chirstmas tunes ( except for Father Chirstmas and Dead Saint Nick) so I don’t care.

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  3. srdem65

    December 24th, 2012

    You left out….Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer

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  4. Stranded in Sonoma

    December 24th, 2012

    My favorite Christmas song — O Holy Night sung by Josh Groban. A great version.

    Also, Blue Christmas but not the version by Elvis. This one is by Vince Gil. Forgive the commercial at the beginning.

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  5. mkultra

    December 24th, 2012

    You’re discriminating against Italian Christmas Donkeys!

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  6. grayscape

    December 24th, 2012

    My favorite – virtually every version of Carol of the Bells.

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  7. RosalindJ

    December 24th, 2012

    I started to answer (I had most of them right), but I have a houseful of people to attend. I will include a link to my favorite version of Greensleeves. And I AM putting a character after the link, so if it doesn’t work again, I don’t know what to do.

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  8. Claudia

    December 24th, 2012

    I got 19 out of 25. Not too bad, tho, since there were some names I had never heard of (Richard Himber?).

    This was fun.

    Gotta go, my pumpkin pie smells done.

    Merry Christmas, everyone!!

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  9. Boobie the Christmas Dog

    December 24th, 2012

    That was a lot of work on somebody’s part and I’m very grateful to have it. Thank you for posting it.

    Merry Christmas to all.

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  10. Boobie the Christmas Dog

    December 24th, 2012

    Just caught this line: “I’ve linked the song title to the original versions. Merry Christmas. -bfh”

    So, many thanks to you, BFH. That’s a lot of work.

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  11. Cate

    December 24th, 2012

    Hardrock, Coco, and Joe

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  12. Ricky

    December 24th, 2012

    I dunno..I kinda liked the Dean Martin version of “let it snow” probably because he sounded like he was drunk and wasted while singing it..

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  13. illustr8r

    December 24th, 2012

    Any tune by Burl Ives is my favorite-especially Silver and Gold. Merry Christmas iOTWers!
    :)

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  14. Mike Dane

    December 24th, 2012

    You forgot All I want for Christmas is you
    by Vince Vance and the Valiants. Got to be
    one of the best. No mater how much of a
    scrooge I am, it makes Christmas better.

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  15. Chieftain

    December 24th, 2012

    Merry Christmas everyone, and here’s a Christmas video I’ll bet you haven’t seen….

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=a8qE6WQmNus

    Cheers, and God bless us, every one!

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  16. Moxie Man

    December 25th, 2012

    Mary’s Boy Child by Boney M – One of my favorites:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hxm1FlLSfe4 .

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  17. Claudia

    December 25th, 2012

    Chieftain, that was scary! Thanks :)

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  18. Ralph

    December 25th, 2012

    Somehow I missed the correct answers. I am prety sure I got a few right, but I guess I’ll never know. HUMBUG!!

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