Who would have thought that a 1941 carol about giving the gift of drumming to an infant would become a mainstream hit that still resonates today? 10 funny mockumentaries to remind us about the absurdity of life, Family-friendly Halloween films for boos big and small, “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,”, top 25 most-performed Christmas songs of all time. See for yourself below: How did you pick your favorite?  However, the recording was not released as a single that year. The album and the song were an enormous success, with the single scoring in the top 40 of the U.S. music charts from 1958 to 1962. Come back to us, Lauryn!  It was released as a single in 1958, and later on the album, Sing We Now of Christmas. The season 3 winners of The Sing-Off have struck a serious chord with their holiday album, PTXmas, which is currently No.  This version (3:18 play time) was recorded in stereo, had a slightly slower tempo, and contained different-sounding cymbals. © Copyright 2020 Meredith Corporation. Our favorite six covers run the gamut from rock and roll to hip-hop, and one version even bridged the generational gap at a very divisive time in pop culture. Back in 1977, the straitlaced Bing and subversive Bowie teamed up for a lovely take on the Christmas classic, interspersed with an original tune, “Peace on Earth.” Bowie has said he agreed to the TV special, titled Bing Crosby’s Merrie Olde Christmas, because his mum loved Crosby. Come, we told you — parum-pum-pum-pum! ", Estrella, E. (8 February 2019). , In 1957 it was recorded, with a slightly altered arrangement by Jack Halloran for his Jack Halloran Singers on their Dot Records album Christmas Is A-Comin'. Joan Jett brings her gritty guitars and, of course, a steady rock drum line to the Christmas standard. A Punjabi version was recorded under the name "Drummer Boy - Kich Ke" in 2014 by Canadian YouTube personality Jus Reign for his, A Finnish version of the song, entitled "Pieni Rumpali" (meaning "Little Drummer"), was recorded by Ville Tuomi for the second, This page was last edited on 29 November 2020, at 02:54. This cover is just as cool as everything else the former Fugees singer did in her heyday. How the 'Little Drummer Boy' Christmas Carol Came to Be. (We’ve already covered “Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” “The Christmas Song,” “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” and “Let It Snow!”) If your favorite singer isn’t in the list below, you better not pout: Each artist will only appear once throughout the 12 days. Retrieved from. Our favorite part about this version is the fact that Cash never sings a “parum-pum-pum-pum,” instead leaving the drum parts to the much more upbeat female chorus backing him up. 3 on the iTunes albums chart. Entertainment Weekly may receive compensation for some links to products and services on this website. One of the better known cover versions of the song is sung by Spanish singer. It is headed "Czech Carol freely transcribed by K.K.D. "Carol of the Drum" appealed to the Austrian Trapp Family Singers, who first brought the song to wider prominence when they recorded it for Decca Records in 1951 on their first album for Decca.  In 1965, Simeone, who had signed with Kapp Records in 1964, re-recorded a new version of the song for his album O' Bambino: The Little Drummer Boy. The only difference between Simeone's version and Halloran's version, was that Simeone's contained finger cymbals, and had been retitled The Little Drummer Boy. "The Little Drummer Boy" (originally known as "Carol of the Drum") is a popular Christmas song written by the American classical music composer and teacher Katherine Kennicott Davis in 1941. Listen to YOUR ultimate holiday playlist here. For other uses, see, Anonymous, "20th Fox set with 1st Disk Releases. this link is to an external site that may or may not meet accessibility guidelines. GAB Archive/Redferns/Getty Images, 'The Little Drummer Boy': You choose the best version -- POLL. Just to show you how late-’90s this version is, it originally appeared on Rosie O’Donnell’s charity album A Rosie Christmas. The song was originally titled "Carol of the Drum" and was published by Davis based upon a traditional Czech song. In fact, “The Little Drummer Boy” is the only religious song in the top 25 most-performed Christmas songs of all time. Davis's interest was in producing material for amateur and girls' choirs: Her manuscript is set as a chorale, in which the tune is in the soprano melody with alto harmony, tenor and bass parts producing the "drum rhythm" and a keyboard accompaniment "for rehearsal only".