This December we’re carrying on our look at Christmas classics, the songs that no festive soundtrack should be without. Now, it’s the turn of the heartfelt festive staple “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas.”
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Originally recorded by Garland as part of the musical Meet Me In St. Louis, the 1957 version by Frank Sinatra (with rewritten lyrics) is the most well-known, with 293,975 scrobbles from 111,989 listeners to date. It also contributes to a seasonal spike in his listeners shown below: in common with Elvis Presley and Mariah Carey.
Of course, its appeal to listeners has gone in tandem with its appeal to musicians: Judy Garland’s version is the second most popular on Last.fm with 87,250 listeners, but it’s also been covered more recently by Christina Aguilera (46,495 listeners), Coldplay (32,852 listeners) and She & Him (15,819 listeners). With artists ranging from indie to jazz or rnb, it’s up to you what your merry little Christmas sounds like.