Behind The Christmas Hits with Drew Savage

Behind The Christmas Hits with Drew Savage

You probably know every word to your favourite Christmas Songs, but what about where they came from? Join Drew Savage every day for a new story behind the song as he goes Behind The Christmas Hits!

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December 3, 2021 9 min

You know there are some singers that are just so synonymous with Christmas music, that for a lot of people it just doesn't feel like the holidays without THEIR music!

Join Drew Savage as he takes chats with the Christmas Music Legend himself, Johnny Mathis!

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Mariah Carey is the voice of one of the biggest Christmas Hits of all time... she should have been the voice of a second!

Join Drew Savage as he takes you through the Christmas hit that is "Where Are You At Christmas"

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The first big city Christmas song should have been a hit for Bob Hope - but bad timing means Bing Crosby would get credit for creating ANOTHER classic!

Join Drew Savage as he takes you through the Christmas hit that is "Silver Bells"

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One of the most famous Christmas Duets of all time only exists because one of the singers wanted NO part of the original idea!

Join Drew Savage as he takes you through the Christmas hit that is "Peace on Earth/Little Drummer Boy"

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November 29, 2021 6 min

One of the most famous Christmas Songs of all wasn't even written about the season... and has an ugly history.

Join Drew Savage as he takes you through the Christmas hit that is "Jingle Bells"

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It's the song that helped Andy Williams earn the nickname "Mr. Christmas"!

Join Drew Savage as he takes you behind the Christmas hit that is "The Most Wonderful Time of The Year"

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A last minute change of plans in one of the most popular Christmas specials ever meant this throwaway song had a chance to become a classic!

Join Drew Savage as he takes you through the Christmas hit that is "Holly Jolly Christmas"

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Rolling Stone declared Darlene Love's Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) The Greatest Rock n Roll Christmas Song Ever!

And who better to walk through this song with Drew Savage than the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer herself - Darlene Love!

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A challenge to write a second Christmas as good as his first resulted in a song that achieved even more success!

Join Drew Savage as he takes you behind the Christmas hit that is "Please Come Home For Christmas"

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It's the story behind a Christmas hit by a boyband released at the very peak of their powers.

Join Drew Savage as he takes you behind the Christmas hit that is *NSYNC's Merry Christmas Happy Holidays

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It's been called a Norman Rockwell painting come to life, but did you know if was written in Canada?

Join Drew Savage as he takes you behind the Christmas hit - It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas!

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The only Christmas album by a male singer to debut at #1 turns 10 years old this year - and It's by a Canadian!

Join Drew Savage as he takes you behind the Christmas hit that is Justin Bieber's Mistletoe

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After having the best year of his career, Elton John wanted to say thanks to his fans and give them a Christmas classic.

Join Drew Savage as he takes you behind the Christmas hit that is Elton John's "Step into Christmas"

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What song had the longest journey ever to become #1?  It's Mariah Carey’s All I Want For Christmas is You.

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It was 1993 and Mariah’s then husband and head of her record company, Tommy Mottola, began strategizing with his team about her next career move.  To everyone’s surprise, they decided a Christmas album was the way to go.   Mariah couldn’t understand why.  Her most recent...

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How did seeing a group of teenagers dancing to Elvis music on the beach in the middle of summer inspire one of the biggest Christmas hits of all?  This is the story behind… Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree.

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Nobody wrote more Christmas hits than Johnny Marks.  His biggest was his first in 1949: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.  Over the course of his career, he’d also write Run Ru...

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Rudolph and Frosty teamed up for a TV special in 1979, but their relationship goes back a lot further than that.  In fact, you could say the song Frosty the Snowman is a direct sequel to Rudolph.


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Gene Autry had made Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer a huge hit in 1949 and like the true businessman he was, he wanted to do more of the same.  Remember, this was a singer who eventually...

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How did the fallout of a performance at the 1968 World Series lead to the only English line in the biggest Spanish Christmas song of all time?  This is the story behind…Feliz Navidad.

 

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Not many iconic Christmas songs have been written after 1970, but Feliz Navidad is one of them.  It was written and recorded by Puerto Rican singer/songwriter José Feliciano. José was recording a ...

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It is not at all a stretch to say that this is one of the most important songs to ever be recorded in music history.  This is the story of White Christmas.

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Written by Irving Berlin and sung by Bing Crosby for the 1942 movie, Holiday Inn. Crosby played Jim Hardy – an entertainer who turns his farm into a vacation spot that would only be open on holidays. 


Irving Berlin was commiss...

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It was a Christmas hit that literally had to be rescued from the trash! This is the story behind…Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.

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It was written for Judy Garland’s 1944 movie Meet Me in St. Louis.  The film was notable for a couple of reasons: the song and for being where Judy and the film’s director, Vincent Minnelli, met and fell in love.  They married in 1945 and then L...

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This is the story of Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!

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Lyricist Sammy Cahn and composer Jule Styne were meeting with their publisher on one of the hottest days of the year at Hollywood & Vine in July 1945.  A time before most people had air conditioning.   It was reportedly Cahn who said to the other two men that it was too hot to work and they should really head to the b...

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