'Sleigh Ride': You choose the best version -- POLL
The Twelve Days of Christmas Classics is on! EW is putting the best versions of the most-covered Christmas songs up to a daily vote to compile the ultimate holiday playlist. (We’ve already covered “Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” “The Christmas Song,” “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” “Let It Snow!,” “The Little Drummer Boy,” “O Holy Night,” “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town,” and “Silent Night.”) If your favorite singer isn’t in the list below, you better not pout: Each artist will only appear once throughout the 12 days. Listen to our top six, vote for your favorite, and let us know why you made your pick in the comments below.
UPDATE: The polls are closed, and we have our winners! Listen to YOUR ultimate holiday playlist here.
Who doesn’t want to take the idyllic jaunt through a winter wonderland laid out in the song “Sleigh Ride”? All snuggled up, holding hands, singing a chorus or two. So romantic! But which snowy trip is the best?
Giddy-yap, giddy-yap, let’s go, and place your vote below!
The Andrews Sisters (1950)
This is the first vocal version of the song, and the ladies’ lovely voices are almost like an orchestra all their own.
The Ronettes (1963)
This Wall of Sound is A Christmas Gift for You From Phil Spector. (Maybe don’t accept any more gifts from that dude, but The Ronettes can come over for Christmas anytime.) The ring-a-lings throughout make this version extra festive.
Andy Williams (1965)
When it comes to Christmas, Andy is best known for “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year.” But just because his biggest holiday hit isn’t an option doesn’t mean we should count the crooner out, and his “Sleigh Ride” is just as fun.
There’s nothing quite like hearing T-Boz sing these classic Christmas lyrics, not to mention Left Eye’s giddy-upping verse. Who else misses the early ’90s?
We love the made-on-a-Casio beat of this one, and of course Nate Ruess’ vocal makes everything better.
Sufjan Stevens (2012)
The bleep-bloopy instrumental intro is super weird (in the best possible way), but the best part is that the indie rocker’s version is a sing-along, which is a perfect fit. Make sure to stay put for the video-game-worthy finale.
How did you pick your favorite? Make your case in the comments below! And hurry up: Voting closes daily at midnight ET.