Classic Christmas Countdown ~ #10 SANTA BABY

. Friday, 4 December 2009
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How could Christmas possibly be complete without the erotic, vibrant "Santa Baby"? Originally sung by Eartha Kitt, the song has been covered countless times sung the likes of Britney, Kylie, and the Pussycat Dolls, but none could quite compare to the authenticity of the original.
Eartha had a massive hit with this song, and attempted to create a sequel called "This Year's Santa Baby" with no success. Eartha's subtle and soft vocals complement the backing track, and she reminds me slightly of a 1950's Paloma Faith. Although her vocals aren't the strongest she has no trouble in commanding the song and making it her own. She creates a cheeky, tounge-in-cheek vibe, and Joan Javits has no problem in writing the lyrics to match. The cheekiness provides an excellent contrast to most other Christmas anthems, and will surely be remember for a very long time...
Although there is no doubt nobody could match Eartha's brilliance many singers have come close. Taylor Swift is successful, but looses the vibe of the song when she converts it to Country. Kylie is also mostly successful in her rendition, but I'm not really a fan of her work. I can't stand Madonna's nasally attempt, and my favourites would have to be the Pussycat Dolls and Shakira. They are the only two singers who have matched the edginess of the original. Shakira's voice is positively perfect for the song, and she should record it (listen below). The Pussycat Dolls, I have to admit aren't usually top of my 'Bands-To-Praise' list, but their rendition is vibrant, sexy and fun. They may not have amazing vocals, but the song packs a punch.


Paul said...

Classic! I quite like Kylie's version too and am eager to hear the pale shadow of what the Sugababes used to be crank out their tuneage. Oh and don't forget Madonna! But no one beats Eartha. So purry and seductive :)