White Christmas

Bing Crosby

About White Christmas

"White Christmas" is a 1942 Irving Berlin song reminiscing about an old-fashioned Christmas setting. The version sung by Bing Crosby is the world's best-selling single with estimated sales in excess of 50 million copies worldwide. When the figures for other versions of the song are added to Crosby's, sales of the song exceed 100 million.


Year:
1998
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I'm dreaming of a white Christmas
Just like the ones I used to know
Where the treetops glisten and children listen
To hear sleigh bells in the snow

I'm dreaming of a white Christmas
With every Christmas card I write
May your days be merry and bright
And may all your Christmases be white

I'm dreaming of a white Christmas
Just like the ones I used to know
Where the treetops glisten and children listen
To hear sleigh bells in the snow

I'm dreaming of a white Christmas
With every Christmas card I write
May your days be merry and bright
And may all your Christmases be white

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Bing Crosby

Harry Lillis "Bing" Crosby (May 3, 1903 – October 14, 1977) was an American singer and actor. Crosby's trademark bass-baritone voice made him one of the best-selling recording artists of the 20th century, with over half a billion records in circulation. more »

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Written by: Irving Berlin

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13 facts about this song

Songwriter Details
"White Christmas" was written by Irving Berlin, one of the most popular and successful songwriters in American history.
Recording Artist
This Christmas classic was popularized by Bing Crosby, who released the song in 1942.
Chart Performance
"White Christmas" topped the Billboard charts in 1942 and remained there for a whopping 11 weeks.
Grammy Hall of Fame
In recognition of its cultural significance, the song was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1974.
Best-selling Single
With an estimated sales in excess of 50 million copies worldwide, it is reported to be the best-selling single of all time.
World War II Influence
The song gained increased popularity during World War II, as soldiers stationed overseas would listen to it for a taste of home.
Notable Recognition
"White Christmas" was recognized by the American Film Institute as the 5th greatest song in American cinema history.
Movie Appearance
The song premiered in the 1942 movie "Holiday Inn" starring Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire, and also appeared in Crosby's 1954 movie "White Christmas."
Cover Versions
There have been over 500 recorded versions of the song in several different languages.
Song Motivation
It's believed that Irving Berlin, a Jewish immigrant from Russia, was inspired to write the song out of a sense of nostalgia for the Christmases of his childhood.
Holiday Icon Status
"White Christmas" is considered one of the most iconic and enduring holiday songs, encapsulating the warmth, nostalgia and cheer of the holiday season.
Original Lyrics
The song originally had an introductory verse now rarely heard, imagining a warmer Christmas scene as a form of escapism.
Multiple Recordings
Bing Crosby was reported to have recorded "White Christmas" at least three times, first in 1942, then in 1945 and finally in 1947.

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