December 1970 – Santa Clause is Coming to Town

December 1970 – a popular holiday song this time of year – Santa Clause is Coming to Town by The Jackson 5

This was written in 1932 by Haven Gillespie and J. Fred Coots.

Interesting facts about Santa Clause is Coming to Town –

The only US Top 40 entry for this song is the 1962 version by The Four Seasons, which hit #23 and featured Frankie Valli’s famous falsetto letting children know they better not cry-y-y-y.

One of the most successful Christmas carols of all time, this was outsold only by “Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer” and “White Christmas.”

Before the rock era, the most popular recordings of this song were those by Bing Crosby with the Andrews Sisters and by Perry Como – both versions sold millions of copies. In addition to The Four Seasons version, other popular takes on the song were recorded by The Jackson 5, Mariah Carey, Charlie Daniels, George Strait, Alice Cooper, the Carpenters, and Justin Bieber.

The most enduring version in the modern era is Bruce Springsteen’s, which is usually the most downloaded and most played on radio stations. Bruce also does a version called “Santa Claus Is Fooling Around,” which is about how Santa will steal your lady if you’re not careful.

According to a Top 30 list released by the performance rights organization ASCAP in December 2014, this is the most-performed holiday song of all time. “The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)” was ranked second and “White Christmas” third.

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