32. "It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas," Perry ComoRCA Victor 47-4314 / 20-4314 as "It's Beginning To Look Like Christmas" b/w "There Is No Christmas Like a Home Christmas"
Highest chart position: #12 US (1951)
Recorded September 18, 1951, New York City, NY
It's been largely forgotten to history, but Perry Como was once synonymous with Christmas -- from 1948 to 1994 (!), he hosted several Yuletide TV specials that ranked up there with Bing Crosby and Andy Williams' as the epitome of holiday warmth. And you could hardly pick a better persona to sing about the holiday: with his gentle voice, laid-back style, genial mood, and everpresent cardigan sweaters, he was the living embodiment of the Christmas we wish we had, the calm, destressed, joyous celebration. He's so smooth he's barely there. This standard, composed by The Music Man author Meredith Willson back in 1951, has since been covered by hundreds, including Bing himself and Johnny Mathis. But the song is forever Como.