The song “Santa Baby” was originally released in 1953 by Eartha Kitt with Henri René and His Orchestra. Joan Javits and Philip Springer wrote the song, using the pseudonym Tony Springer to try to speed up the publication process. Lyrically, the song takes a lighthearted look at a woman’s Christmas wish list, which contains extravagant gifts like sables, yachts, and decorations from Tiffany’s.
Several southern states temporarily banned “Santa Baby” because of its controversial lyrics. Critics gave the single mixed reviews, with some saying it was too suggestive for a holiday song. Initially, he found “Santa Baby” unsatisfactory and called it one of his weaker pieces. Since then, it has appeared on lists of both the best and worst Christmas songs.
“Santa Baby” became the best-selling Christmas song of 1953 in the United States and later became the top Christmas song on various Billboard charts in the 2000s and 2010. In Canada, France, Germany, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom, it topped the record charts. Having appeared in Kitt’s self-titled and first extended play in 1954, Kitt’s version had sold more than 620,000 copies as of 2014.
Many films and TV series have parodied, referenced, and featured Santa Baby. Many artists have covered the song, including Madonna, Kylie Minogue, Taylor Swift, and Trisha Yearwood. Various musicians have released covers of the song as commercial singles, such as Ariana Grande and Gwen Stefani. Minogue’s version reached the top 40 of the UK Singles Chart and sold over 600,000 copies. Madonna’s cover has sold 270,000 copies in the United States and has been the focus of discussion by many music critics, who believe her version has revived the song’s popularity. But Kitt disliked the connection between Madonna and the song. In Australia, the Netherlands, and Sweden, Grande’s cover reached the top of charts as a duet with Elizabeth Gillies. Michael Bublé’s version has been repeatedly described as one of the worst Christmas songs ever.
The third Christmas carol 2021 performed by Daria was wonderful as usual. Look forward to Christmas, it will be so contemplative with this cover.
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