Classic Christmas Countdown. #7 ~ RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER.

. Tuesday, 15 December 2009
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This classic Christmas song holds a special place in my heart, because it was probably the first festive song I ever learnt to sing for one of those god-damn awful (but fun) Christmas plays at school.
Sometimes it's best just to keep it simple, and that is exactly what Gene Autry (above) does in his Number-One hit. I love how stripped down the original feels, and how warm it makes you feel inside when you hear it. This is such a down-to-earth song, that captures the essence of Christmas well. The writers have achieved all that they intended and more- every child in the UK can probably recite the song word-perfect. If that isn't an achievement that what is?

As usual there have been numerous covers of this classic, and I tend to lean more towards the ones that make the song their own, and use an original idea. Dolly Parton's crazy effort makes me laugh, like many others, but my overall favourite has to be Destiny's Child's cover as it is completely different. The vocals are obviously note perfect, as are the harmonies. The beginning is just divine.