'White Christmas': 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,” “Silent Night,” and “Sleigh Ride.”) 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.
For many people, “White Christmas” is synonymous with Bing Crosby. And while we’re also partial to his classic 1942 version, these other five takes are worth a second (or 200th) listen.
Can Bing be beaten? There’s only one way to find out: Dream up your favorite answer below:
Bing Crosby (1942)
He originated the song in the 1942 movie Holiday Inn, and continued to sing it until his death in the ’70s. Bing also made the movie White Christmas in 1954, in which he reprised his wildly popular holiday hit. Oh, and did we mention that his version is the best-selling single of all time?
The Drifters (1954)
If you’re a child of the ’90s like myself, then this version takes you right back to the Home Alone scene before Macaulay Culkin slaps on the after shave. That movie made this my favorite version as a kid, even though it was recorded 30 years before I was born.
Ella Fitzgerald (1960)
This jazzy take is almost too cool — almost. Ella puts a sultry spin on the Christmas standard.
Otis Redding (1968)
Every ounce of soul is squeezed out of each word in this version, which was introduced to a whole new fan base on the Love Actually soundtrack in 2003.
Taylor Swift (2007)
Before she was more pop than country, Taylor put out this twangy take on “White Christmas.” Aside from the slide guitar, she keeps things pretty classic.
Leona Lewis (2013)
The inaugural X Factor U.K. winner was clearly inspired by Otis Redding for this soulful interpretation, but her diva-riffic vocals bring a whole new feel to the 70-year-old song.
How did you pick your favorite? Make your case in the comments below! And hurry up: Voting closes daily at midnight ET.