The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)

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lyricist:Mel Tormé (“The Velvet Fog”)
Robert Wells (songwriter) (from 1944 until 1945)
composer:Mel Tormé (“The Velvet Fog”) (from 1944 until 1945)
publisher:Chappell/Morris Ltd.
MPL Communications Inc. (Paul McCartney‐related, NYC‐based company)
Sony/ATV Tunes LLC
Warner Chappell Ltd.
Edwin H. Morris & Co., Inc. (a division of MPL Communications Inc.) (from 1946 to present)
lyrics page:https://genius.com/Barry-manilow-the-christmas-song-chestnuts-roasting-on-an-open-fire-lyrics [info]
https://genius.com/Barry-manilow-the-christmas-song-lyrics [info]
SecondHandSongs:https://secondhandsongs.com/work/3013 [info]
Wikidata:Q686433 [info]
referred to in medleys:Mix 3 (The Best Xmas Party Ever!) (order: 1)
Megamix 3 (It Must Be Christmas) (order: 2)
Mix Three (Greatest Ever Christmas Party Megamix) (order: 2)
later translated versions:Joululaulu (Hiljaa leijaa maahan hiutaleet)
Joyeux Noël
Julesangen
クリスマスの歌
later versions:Captain’s Roastin’
Het kerstlied
is the basis for:The Christmas Song
arrangements:Rimfrostjul (The Christmas Song, "Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire") (translated)
The Christmas Song (arr. John Rutter)
The Christmas Song (Carla Bley arrangement)
The Christmas Song
The Christmas Song (arr. Chris Walden)
The Christmas Song (arr. Peter Knight)

Recordings

DateTitleAttributesArtistLength
recordings
1945-12-25The Christmas SongDinah Shore2:07
1946-06-14The Christmas Song (First Recording, 1946-06-14; the King Cole Trio)coverKing Cole Trio3:15
1946-06-14The Christmas Song (First Recording, 1946-06-14; the King Cole Trio; Membran Music remaster)coverKing Cole Trio3:15
1946-08-19The Christmas Song (Second Recording, 1946-08-19; the King Cole Trio with String Choir; remaster)coverNat King Cole3:13
1946-08-19The Christmas Song (Second Recording, 1946-08-19; the King Cole Trio with String Choir; Membran Music remaster)coverKing Cole Trio3:13
1946-08-19The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas to You) (Second Recording, 1946-08-19; the King Cole Trio with String Choir)coverKing Cole Trio3:13
1946-12-25The Christmas Song (mx. JB 337)Bing Crosby2:56
1947-03-19The Christmas SongcoverBing Crosby with The Ken Darby Singers and John Scott Trotter and His Orchestra2:55
1947-12-23The Christmas Songcover and liveFred Waring & His Pennsylvanians3:06
1950-09-06That Christmas FeelingBing Crosby3:03
1953-08-24The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas to You) (Third Recording, 1953-08-24; Nat King Cole with orchestra conducted by Nelson Riddle)coverNat King Cole3:15
1954-12-15The Christmas Song (live, 1954-12-15: The Crecendo Club, Hollywood)liveMel Tormé3:05
1957-07-17The Christmas SongcoverFrank Sinatra3:29
1957-12-12The Christmas Song (recorded 1957-12-12 for The Ford Road Show)Rosemary Clooney with Buddy Cole & His Trio2:18
1960-06-15The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas to You)coverPeggy Lee2:31
1960-07-15The Christmas Song (alternate take)coverElla Fitzgerald3:43
1960-08-05The Christmas SongcoverElla Fitzgerald3:02
1961-03-30The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas to You) (fourth recording, 1961-03-30; Nat King Cole with orchestra conducted by Ralph Carmichael, stereo)coverNat King Cole3:12
1961-06-29The Christmas SongcoverCarmen McRae3:57
1961-10The Christmas SonginstrumentalThe Ramsey Lewis Trio3:19
1961The Christmas SongMel Tormé2:46
1963The Christmas SongcoverAndy Williams2:34
1964-09-29The Christmas SonginstrumentalJimmy Smith4:32
1964-10-22The Christmas SongThe Drifters2:29
1964-11-24The Christmas SonginstrumentalBobby Timmons5:17
1965-10-28The Christmas SongcoverVince Guaraldi3:17
1966-08-17 – 1966-08-18The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)coverPercy Faith His Orchestra and Chorus2:44
1966-10-28The Christmas SongcoverBooker T. & the MG’s3:21
1968The Christmas SongSérgio Mendes & Brasil ’664:18
1970-07-07The Christmas SonginstrumentalDexter Gordon5:23
1972-08-14 – 1972-08-16Christmas SonginstrumentalGary Mann2:16
1972The Christmas SonginstrumentalHank Crawford3:38
1977-12The Christmas Songinstrumental and liveThe Red Garland Trio7:20
1987-09The Christmas SongcoverPharoah Sanders7:25
1990-02 – 1990-05The Christmas SongcoverMaureen McGovern4:03
1990-11-11Let It Be Me (The Christmas Song) (live, 1990-11-11: Mountain Stage, Charleston, WV, USA)cover, live and medleyLaura Nyro2:43
1990Let It Be Me / The Christmas SongmedleyLaura Nyro2:52
1991-12-08Medley: The Christmas Song and Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas (live, 1991-12-08: Carnegie Hall, New York City, USA)live and medleyKathleen Battle, Frederica von Stade, André Previn4:45
1991-12-08The Christmas Song (live, 1991-12-08: Carnegie Hall, New York City, USA)Kathleen Battle, Tony Falanga, André Previn, James Saporito4:45
1991-12-12The Christmas SonginstrumentalWalter Bishop, Jr.5:16
1992-09Christmas SonginstrumentalAndré Gagnon3:45
1992-09 – 1992-11The Christmas Songcover and instrumentalBruce Cameron2:22
1992The Christmas Song (Fourth Recording, 1992)Mel Tormé3:19
1993-04The Christmas SonginstrumentalMichał Urbaniak5:10
1998-06-17The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)coverJimmy Ponder2:44
1998-12The Christmas SongAnne Sofie von Otter3:27
2000-12-21The Christmas Songcover and liveTony Bennett3:26
2002The Christmas SonginstrumentalThe Ventures3:10
2003-05The Christmas SongThe Gents2:28
2003-12-21The Christmas SongliveChildren's Chorus of Washington, Joan Gregoryk2:20
2005The Christmas SongcoverDiana Krall4:24
2007-12The Christmas Song (BoA THE LIVE "X'mas")cover and liveBoA?:??
2010-12-12Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire (live, 2010‐12‐12: Blue Note, Milan, Italy)cover and liveSteve Hogarth2:16
2011Christmas Songcover and liveMonti Beton & Johann K.3:58
2012-12-08クリスマス・ソング (live, 2012-12-08: Katsushika Symphony Hills Mozart Hall, Katsushika, Tokyo, Japan)cover and live杉山清貴?:??
2014-01-08 – 2014-01-12The Christmas songThe Choir of Trinity College Cambridge, Stephen Layton2:20
2014-12-11The Christmas Song (live, 2014‐12‐11: The Forum, London, UK)cover and liveMarillion4:11
2014-12-13The Christmas Song (live, 2014-12-13: Le Splendid, Lille, FR)cover and liveMarillion3:12
2016-12-09The Christmas Song (live, 2016-12-09: Katsushika Symphony Hills Mozart Hall, Katsushika, Tokyo, Japan; 5.1 mix)cover and live杉山清貴?:??
2016-12-09The Christmas Song (live, 2016-12-09: Katsushika Symphony Hills Mozart Hall, Katsushika, Tokyo, Japan)cover and live杉山清貴?:??
2018-08-26 – 2018-08-28The Christmas SongcoverThe Monkees3:40
2018-12THE CHRISTMAS SONGcover and liveBoA?:??
2022-12-10Feeling Good / The Christmas Song (Chestnuts) (live, 2022‐12‐10: United Palace, Washington Heights, NY, USA)cover, live and medleyAlicia Keys8:22
2022The Christmas SongcoverBackstreet Boys3:41
2023The Christmas SongcoverMark Tremonti3:43
A Christmas Songinstrumental[christmas music]4:02
A Christmas SongMel Tormé4:27
Chestnuts RoastingcoverArcade Fire3:09
Chestnuts Roasting on an Open FireinstrumentalRoger Williams4:11
Chestnuts Roasting on an Open FireMel Tormé3:13
Chestnuts Roasting on an Open FirecoverDavis Gaines2:38
Chestnuts Roasting on an Open FireMel Tormé3:05
Chestnuts Roasting on an Open FirecoverThe Muppets?:??
Chestnuts Roasting on an Open FirecoverRada2:45
Chestnuts Roasting on an Open FirecoverRob Schwimmer2:15
Chestnuts Roasting on an Open FirecoverDonnie Sanders5:37
Chestnuts Roasting on an Open FirecoverKnightsbridge Singers3:31
Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire (The Christmas Song)coverHayley Westenra3:10
Christmas for Moderns: The First Noel / White Christmas / O Come All Ye Faithful / The Christmas Song / Silent Night / Jingle BellsmedleyMaynard Ferguson7:04
Christmas Medley: A. Deck the Halls / B. Jingle Bell Rock / C. The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire) (live, 2003: A&E’s A Barry Manilow Christmas)cover, live and medleyBarry Manilow?:??
Christmas songBing Crosby3:56
Christmas songcoverNat King Cole3:20
Christmas SongcoverTamia3:43
Christmas SongcoverPicture Palace Music3:50
Christmas SongcoverIndia.Arie & Stevie Wonder2:41
Christmas SongcoverDanny Boy4:19
Christmas SongcoverFaith Evans3:35
Christmas SongcoverBing Crosby2:51
Christmas SongcoverCharlie Daniels feat. Dan Tyminski4:04
Christmas SongcoverTony Bennett2:37
Christmas SongMel Tormé3:02
Christmas SongcoverCascada3:28
Christmas SongcoverJaki Graham3:40
Christmas SongCatherine Feeny3:21
Christmas SongcoverThe Holiday Choraliers & The Longines Symphonette?:??
Christmas SongcoverJaki Graham3:40
Christmas SongcoverJaki Graham3:42
Christmas SongThe Miracles2:37
Christmas SongcoverJaki Graham3:41
Christmas SongThe Drifters4:55
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