Ah, Christmas time is here, and this is the time of year when artists send out their best wishes to fans by covering timeless Christmas classics.
One of those timely classics is “I Wish You a Merry Christmas,” recorded by Bing Crosby in 1962. Crosby, himself, is one of the best holiday performers in music history, and Crosby really put his magical touch on this timeless classic. Since then, many artists have put their own stamp on “I Wish You a Merry Christmas." Here are the five best covers that should be on anyone’s playlist this holiday season.
In 2015, Jacob Miller decided to record a Christmas record of his own, a Natty Christmas, and he brought along Ray I and Inner Circle to help him craft a holiday album with reggae flair. On the very first track, one will find “Wish You a Merry Christmas,” a single that really puts an upbeat spin on a timeless classic. The reggae sonics make for the quintessential Christmas song for those who don’t have to deal with snow on the holidays.
4. Kim Watson
Kim Watson comes from a time when it was almost required for artists to record the Christmas album. Watson didn’t have many hits, but she recorded one of the best covers to Crosby’s “I Wish You a Merry Christmas,” giving it a doo-wop/Motown touch that livens up the classic song. “Wish You a Merry Christmas” is probably Watson’s best-known song, and it’s one that will bring soul to the Christmas season.
Known for some great folk-pop songs, The Springfields brought holiday cheer to the radio airwaves all the way from Great Britan. Their folksy rendition of “I Wish You a Merry Christmas” is down-home and full of folk ethos. One can listen to this cover and think of themselves enjoying Christmas on the farm. It’s soft, lovely, and tender, and will put anyone in the holiday mood, even the most stubborn.
The ‘60s was such a magical time for Christmas songs. Not only did Crosby release his ever-timeless classic, but Big Dee Irwin followed suit by covering the song, giving it a rock n’ roll beat that will get the crowd up and dancing. It’s a more up-tempo version than Crosby’s, and it will get the holiday party started, in a huge way.
While not exactly a direct cover of “I Wish You a Merry Christmas,” Wham!’s 1984 holiday smash “Last Christmas” is close enough to be counted as the ‘80s version of the classic. “Last Christmas” has that same feel-good, holiday feel, which was remarkable in the era of synths and drum machines, and the single has spurred its own set of covers and remixes.