|"Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town"|
|Published||1934 by Leo Feist, Inc.|
|John Frederick Coots and Haven Gillespie|
"Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town" is a Christmas song, written by John Frederick Coots and Haven Gillespie and was first sung on Eddie Cantor's radio show in November 1934. It became an instant hit with orders for 500,000 copies of sheet music and more than 30,000 records sold within 24 hours. The version for Bluebird Records by George Hall and His Orchestra (vocal by Sonny Schuyler) was very popular in 1934 and reached the various charts of the day. The song has been recorded by over 200 artists, including Bing Crosby and The Andrews Sisters, The Crystals, Mariah Carey, Neil Diamond, Bruce Springsteen, Frank Sinatra, Chris Isaak, The Temptations, Michael Bublé and The Jackson 5 .
Haven Gillespie's lyrics begin "You'd better watch out, better not cry / You'd better not pout, I'm telling you why / Santa Claus is coming to town".
Cantor's original performance, broadcast at the height of the Great Depression, included verses not in the standard version of the song, encouraging listeners to be charitable and help the less fortunate at Christmas.
The earliest known recorded version of the song was by banjoist Harry Reser and his band on October 24, 1934 (Decca 264A) featuring Tom Stacks on vocal, the version shown in the Variety charts of December 1934. The song was a sheet music hit, reaching number 1. The song was also recorded for Victor Records (catalog No. 25145A) on September 26, 1935 by Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra with vocals by Cliff Weston and Edythe Wright.
In 1962, the Four Seasons version charted at number 23 on Billboard. In 1963, producer Phil Spector included a version of the song on his rock album A Christmas Gift for You from Phil Spector performed by The Crystals.
In 1970, Rankin-Bass produced Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town, an hour-long animated TV film based on the song, with Fred Astaire narrating the origin of Santa Claus. The same year, The Jackson 5 included the song on their best-selling album Jackson 5 Christmas Album. In 1971, The Partridge Family included the song on A Partridge Family Christmas Card. The Carpenters released the song as a single in 1974.
A rock version by Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band was recorded live at C. W. Post College in Brookville, New York on December 12, 1975. This live version borrows the chorus refrain from the 1963 version by The Crystals. This version was eventually released first in 1982 as part of the Sesame Street compilation album In Harmony 2, and again in 1985 as a B-side to "My Hometown", a single from the Born in the U.S.A. album. Springsteen's rendition of the song has received radio airplay perennially at Christmastime for years; it appeared on Billboard magazine's Hot Singles Recurrents chart each year from 2002 to 2009 due to seasonal air play. Live performances of the song often saw the band encouraging the audience to sing some of the lyrics with--or in place of--the band's vocalists (usually the line "you'd better be good for goodness sake", and occasionally the key line "Santa Claus is Comin' to Town" as well). Sometimes, concert crowds would sing along with the entire song, and the band would do nothing to dissuade those audiences from doing so. This version remains a Springsteen concert favorite during the months of November and December, and the band is among the few that keep it in their roster of songs during the holidays.
Other well-known versions of this song include Mariah Carey from the album Merry Christmas (1994) and the Pointer Sisters version off the album A Very Special Christmas, also borrowing from the Crystal's arrangement.Andy Williams performed the song on his album I Still Believe in Santa Claus, which was released on 1 October 1990.
Luis Miguel recorded the song in Spanish as "Santa Claus Llegó a La Ciudad" for his Christmas album Navidades (2006). His version of the song peaked at number 26 on the Billboard Latin Pop Songs chart.
In December 2016, DNCE covered it with many pop artists who were popular at the time.
|"Santa Claus Is Coming to Town"|
|Song by Michael Bublé|
|from the album Christmas|
|Released||24 October 2011|
|Haven Gillespie / J. Fred Coots|
"Santa Claus Is Coming to Town" is a song by Canadian singer Michael Bublé. The song was released on October 24, 2011, as the second track on Bublé's Christmas album. His version has gained a lot of success, being the most-streamed cover of the song on Spotify, with over 104 million streams, as of January 23, 2019.
|Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)||71|
|Czech Republic (Singles Digitál Top 100)||47|
|Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)||20|
|Germany (Official German Charts)||66|
|Greece International Digital Singles (IFPI)||93|
|Hungary (Stream Top 40)||14|
|Netherlands (Single Top 100)||46|
|Slovakia (Singles Digitál Top 100)||39|
|Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)||43|
|UK Singles (Official Charts Company)||82|
|US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)||8|
|US Holiday 100 (Billboard)||35|
|Denmark (IFPI Denmark)||Gold||45,000^|
|United Kingdom (BPI)||Silver||200,000|
*sales figures based on certification alone
Santa Claus Is Coming To Town / The 4 Seasons / Peaked at #23 on 12.29.1962