Bing Crosby is about as synonymous with Christmas as Santa Claus himself. Whether solo, in a movie, duetting with David Bowie or, more recently, having his duet with David Bowie impersonated by Will Ferrell and John C Reilly, the man may as well be the patron saint of Greenland.
The 1945 album Merry Christmas (reissued as White Christmas in 1995) has sold more than 15 million copies worldwide. It’s an undisputed heavyweight of the genre. And although oft copied, it’s worth pointing out that his version of White Christmas remains the seminal recording. Bing, we are not worthy.
Listen: Bing Crosby - It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas