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  1. Mel O'Drama
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    As I was working through all the different versions, this popped up in my YouTube suggestions:



    Now I've diverted into a YouTube BSL loop. And I'm loving it.
     
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    1. Out Of The Blue
    Quite, quite brilliant. The most fun version I've seen. And that last note...! :eck:

    2. Kellie Pickler
    A little bit Pinky & Perky, but it works with this song.

    3. Eartha Kitt
    The original and charming as you please.

    4. Julianne Hough
    Nice voice and the arrangement is very catchy.

    5. Good Lovelies
    Divinely retro with gorgeous harmonies.

    6. Macy Gray
    Macy's unique voice and this song are a match made in Santa's grotto.

    7. Chris Bennett
    Beautifully minimalist - but it feels as though she could burst into complete outrageousness at any moment. Waiting for that moment is part of the fun.

    8. The Puppini Sisters
    How could Santa resist those sweeping strings and tight harmonies.

    9. Emilie Simon
    Jazzy and loungy. Somehow, the fact that she so strongly resembles Lisa Stansfield adds a little something.

    10. Crissi Cochrane
    Mellow Christmas.



    And a few not yet mentioned that I could easily have included:

    Faith Evans

    Lina

    Kate Ceberano
     
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    I didn't think it was possible to make this song more camp than it already was but they succeeded.
     
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    It's time for Santa Baby to deliver

    Let's find out which version we believe in..

















    Five of us voted on thirty two festively fierce renditions of this Christmas cracker.




    Here's Santa's "nice" list....





































































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    1. Eartha Kitt - 36
    2. Kellie Pickler - 20
    3. Macy Gray / Madonna - 18
    4. Ariana Grande ft. Liz Gillies - 15
    5. Dollyrots / Glee Cast / Kylie Minogue / LeAnn Rimes / Out Of The Blue / Shakira - 10
    6. The Never Ending - 9
    7. Bessie Turner / RuPaul - 8
    8. Florianne / Julianne Hough / Wolf Alice - 7
    9. Everclear / Good Lovelies - 6
    10. Pussycat Dolls / Sheila E. - 5
    11. Calista Flockhart / Chris Bennett / Gwen Stefani / Mae West / Taylor Swift - 4
    12. The Puppini Sisters - 3
    13. Emilie Simon / Helene Fischer & The RPO / Michael Bublé - 2
    14. Crissi Cochrane / Rita Coolidge - 1




    This is a nice, easy victory for the original version.

    Our victors have alternated between original and covers for the last five consecutive rounds. Will this trend continue into the next round...? You can help decide.​
     
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    It's a busy day here, but the next Seasonal Standard will be along within the next 24 hours...


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    Our third Seasonal Standard of 2017 is...
    Driving Home For Christmas




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    Suggested by @Sparkly Lashes, "Driving Home for Christmas" is a popular Christmas single written by Chris Rea whose original version was released in 1988, peaking at #53 in the UK Singles Chart. It re-entered the chart in 2007, peaking at #33 and reached a brand new peak of #26 in 2016. Despite its modest original charting, the single has a brief chart appearance every year in the Top 40, and is featured among the Top 10 Christmas singles.

    Rea wrote "Driving Home for Christmas" a decade before its first recording. In 1978, Rea needed to get home to Middlesbrough from Abbey Road Studios in London. His wife had come down to drive him home in her Mini to save the expense of a train fare since the record company was not willing to pay for the rail ticket. Stuck in heavy traffic, while the snow was falling, Rea started looking at other drivers, who "all looked so miserable. Jokingly, I started singing: 'We're driving home for Christmas ...' Then, whenever the street lights shone inside the car, I started writing down lyrics". Rea said "Driving Home for Christmas" is a "car version of a carol", and that he wrote it for Van Morrison but did not manage to get it to him.

    Television presenter Stacey Solomon covered the song in 2011 and it was released on 18 December 2011 as her debut single which peaked at #27. Her version was used in advertisements for the supermarket chain Iceland.

    Other artists who have covered the song include The Bachelors; Michael Ball; Joe McElderry; Saint Etienne; Lucy Rose; Casanovas and Gavin James.

    There are 36 versions listed here. Enjoy listening and then share your favourites here. Perhaps you even know of some other versions.

    As always, single song entries won't be counted. Please list up to ten versions with a minimum of three choices. You're very welcome to list more than ten, but only the first ten will be counted, with the maximum ten points going to your #1 choice.


    Everyone is very welcome to join in. The more, the merrier. I'll say Sunday night for our choices to be in, but as there aren't a huge number we can think about wrapping up sooner if we're particularly speedy.


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    This is one of my absolute favorite Christmas songs. Awesome pick, @Sparkly Lashes!

    I usually like picking covers as my #1, but I just don't think anyone does this one better than the original.

    1. Chris Rea
    2. Choralbeatpeople
    3. Mia
    4. Orup (Swedish version: Jag är på väg till Stockholm)
    5. Past Midnight
    6. Tone Salomonsen
    7. The Overtones
    8. Gavin James
    9. Sanna, Shirley & Sonja
    10. Paul Luther

    Found all on Spotify, but few of them on YouTube.
     
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    This was a tough round for me. My top three in particular gave me trouble. Rea's version is a favourite of mine and has such a nice, jaunty feel. But then the energy of Mario Biondi's version really grabbed me. And The Overtones' version gave me chills.

    In the end, I decided to go with the one that gave me chills. Though it has to be said that a big part of the reason I got chills is because the arrangement brings out the poignancy in Rea's original lyrics.




    1. The Overtones
    Beautifully sung and with a gorgeous arrangement.

    2. Chris Rea
    Great writing. Great voice. Great tune.

    3. Mario Biondi
    Dreaming of a Barry White Christmas.

    4. ENorm (Op Hoes Op An Veur Kesmis)
    The lip syncing video is fun as well. The very last shot made me laugh out loud at its randomness.

    5. Glennis Grace
    A nice discovery for me. Love her voice enough to consider getting the album.

    6. Rob de Nijs (Thuis voor Kerstmis)
    This is a really nice take on Rea's original arrangement. If it ain't broke...!

    7. Malene Mortensen
    The smoothest version I've heard.

    8. Michael Ball
    The only version I have in my iTunes library. This must be rectified. Still, it's a nice, by-numbers tribute to Rea's original.

    9. Frank Shiner
    I'm captivated by the image here, which looks like an amalgam of Alec Baldwin, David Hasselhoff and a daytime game show host.

    10. Saint Etienne
    Very sweet indeed.
     
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    The journey is over...
    Our drive home is at an end.




    Just three of us voted on 23 different versions (that's over seven unique versions per voter). Here are the people waiting for us.























































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    1. Chris Rea - 29
    2. The Overtones - 23
    3. ENorm - 12
    4. Choralbeatpeople /Saint Etienne - 9
    5. Mario Biondi / Mia - 8
    6. Jana Andevska / Orup - 7
    7. Gavin James / Glennis Grace / Jonathan Roy feat. Corey Hart / Past Midnight - 6
    8. Rob de Nijs / Tone Salomonsen - 5
    9. The High Kings / Malene Mortensen - 4
    10. Michael Ball - 3
    11. Frank Shiner / Sanna, Shirley & Sonja / Tony Hadley - 2
    12. Lucy Rose / Paul Luther - 1

    Breaking our chain of alternating between victors, this is another prize for the original. Chris was just one point away, too, from a Standards Full House - the highest possible score in a round.​
     
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    Next up...
    Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas

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    Another suggestion from @Ome for Christmas, "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas", a song written by Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane and first sung by Judy Garland in the 1944 MGM musical Meet Me In St. Louis.

    Some of Martin's original lyrics were rejected before filming began:

    Have yourself a merry little Christmas
    It may be your last
    Next year we may all be living in the past
    Have yourself a merry little Christmas
    Pop that champagne cork
    Next year we may all be living in New York
    No good times like the olden days
    Happy golden days of yore
    Faithful friends who were dear to us
    Will be near to us no more
    But at least we all will be together
    If the Lord allows
    From now on, we'll have to muddle through somehow
    So have yourself a merry little Christmas now

    When presented with the original draft lyric, Garland, her co-star Tom Drake and director Vincente Minnelli criticised the song as depressing, and asked Martin to change the lyrics. Though he initially resisted, Martin made several changes to make the song more upbeat. For example, the lines "It may be your last / Next year we may all be living in the past" became "Let your heart be light / Next year all our troubles will be out of sight". Garland's version of the song, which was also released as a single by Decca Records, became popular among United States troops serving in World War II. Her performance at the Hollywood Canteen brought many soldiers to tears.

    In 1957, Frank Sinatra recorded the song but asked Martin to "jolly up" the line "Until then we'll have to muddle through somehow." Martin's new line was "Hang a shining star upon the highest bough." Martin made several other alterations, changing the song's focus to a celebration of present happiness, rather than anticipation of a better future. Frank Sinatra's third recording of the song was controversially used in the 1963 anti-war film The Victors as the soundtrack to a scene in which a G.I. deserter is executed by firing squad in a bleak, snowy field on Christmas Eve – a scene inspired by the real-life execution of Pvt. Eddie Slovik in 1945.

    On 6th December 2014, singer Sam Smith released a cover version on the song which debuted at number 90 on the Billboard Hot 100 (the first appearance of the song in that chart).

    Other notable recordings include: Connie Francis (1959); Ella Fitzgerald (1960); Bing Crosby (1962); Johnny Mathis (1963 and 1969); Doris Day (1964); Barbra Streisand (1967); Perry Como (1968); Carpenters (1978); Rosemary Clooney (1978 and 1996); Brenda Lee (1991); Amy Grant (1992); Neil Diamond (1992); Gloria Estefan (1993); Coldplay (2001); Barry Manilow (2007); Michael Bublé (2011); Steps (2012); Kelly Clarkson (2013); Idina Menzel (2014); Kylie Minogue (2015) and Josh Groban (2016);


    This is quite the whopper. Over 900 versions may be found here. Take a listen and then share your favourites here.

    As always, single song entries won't be counted. Please list up to ten versions with a minimum of three choices. You're very welcome to list more than ten, but only the first ten will be counted, with the maximum ten points going to your #1 choice.


    Everyone is very welcome to join in. The more, the merrier. If we can have our choices in by the end of Boxing Day that would be great. Enjoy. And...


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    Once again, due to the overwhelming amount of choice available I'm going with the top choices from my own library



    1. Troy Cassar-Daley
    Damn. I've properly discovered Troy's incredibly joyous, uptempo acoustic country version this year. I was really excited about sharing it but can't find the fricking thing anywhere online. If you get the chance to hear it, please take it.

    2. Carpenters

    3. Martina McBride

    4. Colbie Caillat

    5. Mandy Barnett

    6. Ricki-Lee

    7. Wynonna Judd

    8. Kelly Clarkson

    9. Mary J. Blige

    10. Idina Menzel
     
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    1. Hem - I'd not previously heard of this artist but this version is awesome.


    2. Ella Fitzgerald - A really nice upbeat version of the song.


    3. Frank Sinatra - Probably my favourite Frank Sinatra Christmas song.


    4. Luther Vandross - a more romantic version of the song and that voice!
    https://youtu.be/8hzN3Xrv47M

    5. Lady Antebellum
    https://youtu.be/AtErbVIoEII

    6. Jackson 5
    https://youtu.be/T8OAJp2HcME

    7. Pretenders
    https://youtu.be/QcQU3LYNZQc

    8. Michael Bolton
    https://youtu.be/S5xoCP9R3zM

    9. Leslie Odon Jr.
    https://youtu.be/08S_tTSJaQg

    10. Tomorrow People
    https://youtu.be/1I2YSrOg9DA
     
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    01. Carpenters
    02. Barbra Streisand
    03. Linda Eder
    04. Frank Sinatra
    05. Anne Murray
    06. Whitney Houston
    07. Kylie Minogue
    08. Olivia Newton-John & Kenny Loggins
    09. Micheal Bublé
    10. Judy Garland
     
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    Our latest round draws to a close
    Time's up on Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas




    Only three people voted on Ome's choice. Considering that, we did well to get twenty eight versions between us. That averages over 9 unique choices per voter, which means a low scoring round, of course.

    With over nine hundred versions to choose from, we barely skimmed the surface of available choices. This is perhaps the round with the highest percentage of unused versions in Standards history.

    Still - we have a winner. Let's see who'll be hanging a shining star upon their highest bough...











































































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    1. Carpenters - 19
    2. Frank Sinatra - 15
    3. Hem / Troy Cassar-Daley - 10
    4. Barbra Streisand / Ella Fitzgerald - 9
    5. Linda Eder / Martina McBride - 8
    6. Colbie Caillat / Luther Vandross - 7
    7. Anne Murray / Lady Antebellum / Mandy Barnett - 6
    8. Jackson 5 / Ricki-Lee / Whitney Houston - 5
    9. Kylie Minogue / Pretenders / Wynonna Judd - 4
    10. Kelly Clarkson / Michael Bolton / Olivia Newton-John & Kenny Loggins - 3
    11. Leslie Odon Jr. / Mary J. Blige/ Michael Bublé - 2
    12. Idina Menzel / Judy Garland / Tomorrow People - 1

    This is a clear win for the covers.


     
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    Our next Standard is...
    New Year's Day


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    Suggested by @Willie Oleson "New Year's Day" is a song composed and originally recorded by Irish rock band U2.

    The lyric had its origins as a love song from Bono to his wife but was subsequently reshaped and inspired by the Polish Solidarity movement. The bassline stemmed from bassist Adam Clayton trying to figure out the chords to the Visage song “Fade To Grey” during a soundcheck.

    Released in January 1983 as the first single from U2’s “War” album, "New Year's Day" was the band's first UK hit single, peaking at #10, also becoming the band's first international hit, reaching for example #9 in Norway, #11 on the Dutch Top 40 and #17 in Sweden. The song saw U2 chart on the American Billboard Hot 100 chart for the first time in their career.


    In 2001, dance act Musique released a remix of the song, "New Year's Dub" which charted in a number of European countries including in the UK and Ireland, where it peaked at #15 and #13 respectively. It also charted in Australia, where it peaked at #74.


    Around forty versions may be found here. Have a listen and share your favourites in this thread.

    As always, single song entries won't be counted. Please list up to ten versions with a minimum of three choices. Feel free to list more than ten but remember only the first ten will be counted, with the maximum ten points going to your #1 choice.

    Everyone is very welcome to join in. The more, the merrier. If we could have our choices in by New Year's Day that would be super.


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    Fabulous. Actually I had withdrawn that suggestion because I didn't think there were enough versions.
    So I'm going to post this insightful quote by John Major:
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    Oh - we've done songs with far fewer versions. ;)
     
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