One of the holiday's most recognizable songs came about in 1944 when Frank Loesser wrote "Baby It's Cold Outside." He performed it with wife Lynn Garland for years before selling the rights to MGM in 1948 where it would then be placed in the movie "Neptune's Daughter." In 1949, several versions were recorded and released with Loesser and Garland's version also being released under Mercury Records. Since then, the song about convincing another to stay inside for a romantic evening has been covered by dozens of artists throughout the decades by top names. AXS is taking a look at the 5 best "Baby It's Cold Outside" covers to warm your holidays.
5. Lady Gaga and Joseph Gordon-Levitt
In 2013, Lady Gaga held a holiday special, "Lady Gaga and the Muppets Holiday Spectacular," where she performed songs from ARTPOP and also holiday classics. She teamed up with actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt for her version of the wintery song. Later, she also used the song in a Barnes & Noble commercial with friend Tony Bennett but that version was not released in full.
4. Seth MacFarlane and Sara Bareilles
Seth MacFarlane has expanded his entertainment talents into recording music. In 2014, he released his second full-length album and first holiday set, Holiday for Swing, where he brought in Sara Bareilles for a cozy rendition of the song. Their version would reach No. 10 on the Adult Contemporary chart.
3. Rod Stewart and Dolly Parton
Music icon Rod Stewart released another installment of American classics, Stardust: The Great American Songbook, Volume III, in 2004. On that record, he paired up with another music icon, Dolly Parton, to record "Baby It's Cold Outside." Their version also reached the top 10 on the AC radio airplay chart peaking at No. 2.
2. Kelly Clarkson and Ronnie Dunn
After a decade since winning "American Idol," popstar Kelly Clarkson brought in producer Greg Kurstin to work on her very first holiday offering, Wrapped in Red. The producer whom Clarkson had worked with on previous hits is Jewish and didn't know any of the Christmas classics but the two created a timeless effort. Clarkson recorded her own version of "Baby It's Cold Outside" with country star Ronnie Dunn.
1. Dean Martin
Dean Martin's 1959 version of "Baby It's Cold Outside" remains one of the classics to this very day. Unlike so many covers of the song before and after Martin's, his is not a duet and instead features a chorus of female background singers giving it that old-fashioned feel.