Last.fm Trends Christmas Classics: Santa Claus Is Coming To Town

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Frank Sinatra in 1954 with daughter Nancy (r) and son Frank Jr. (C.J. NICHOLS/AFP/Getty Images)

Frank Sinatra in 1954 with daughter Nancy (r) and son Frank Jr. (C.J. NICHOLS/AFP/Getty Images)

Somewhere in Lapland the reindeer are gearing up for another long night. Naughty or nice, tonight’s the night the big guy in red does the rounds and doles out presents far and wide.

“Santa Claus is Coming To Town” has long heralded the arrival of the sherry-drinking stocking-stuffer, and Last.fm Trends takes a look at the musicians who’ve made the song a hit.

In shopping malls around the world you’d be hard pressed to avoid The Jackson 5‘s cut of the Christmas classic. Their version of the song has so far collected 200,128 plays from listeners. Like many of the group’s tracks, the song’s seasonal popularity climbed following Michael Jackson‘s death; since then it’s the been the track of choice to celebrate the singer’s life in the winter darkness.

A little behind that you’ll find the cut recorded by Frank Sinatra in 1947. In the modern era of scrobbling it’s only collected 150,478 plays, but as that discounts the heavy vinyl rotation it saw in its heyday it’s fair to say that that number’s quite a bit shy of the impact it’s had on the airwaves over the last 64 years.

But Last.fm’s listeners are known to be indie-rock enthusiasts, and there it’s the Bruce Springsteen cover that wins the most approval. It’s gaining steam already this winter, breaching the top ten of The Boss’ most played tracks last week; no mean feat given the attention he’s gotten since the announcement of tour dates next year.

But whichever version you play tonight, have yourself a very Merry Christmas.

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