Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)

Darlene Love, Phil Spector

About Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)

"Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)" is a rock song originally sung by Darlene Love and included on the 1963 seasonal compilation album, A Christmas Gift for You from Phil Spector. The song was written by Ellie Greenwich and Jeff Barry (Phil Spector is also co-credited) and Love was given a demo of it over phone performed by them. She went on to record the song in studio, which became a big success over time and one of her signature tunes. Love's later song, "All Alone on Christmas", which was used in the 1992 Christmas movie, Home Alone 2, referenced the song. The song as recorded by Love was released as a single in 1963 (Philles 119) and in 1964 (Philles X-125). But the records did not chart in either year. In December 2010, Rolling Stone magazine ranked "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)" first on its list of The Greatest Rock and Roll Christmas Songs, noting that "nobody can match Love's emotion and sheer vocal power."As an example of the track's staying power, "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)" reached No. 45 on the U. S. Billboard Holiday Airplay chart in 2016. On the week ending 29 December 2018, the track entered the main Billboard Hot 100 chart for the first time at No. 50. It reached its chart peak of No. 29 on the week ending 4 January 2020. On the official UK Singles Chart, "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)" made its first appearance on the week of 5 January 2017 at No. 74. It entered the same chart again one year later at No. 77, and again on the week of 20 December 2018 at No. 80, eventually reaching its overall chart peak to date of No. 22 two weeks later. 


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The snow's coming down 
I'm watching it fall
Lots of people around
Baby please come home
 
The church bells in town
All singing in song
Full of happy sounds
Baby please come home
 
They're singing "Deck The Halls"
But it's not like Christmas at all
'Cause I remember when you were here
And all the fun we had last year
 
Pretty lights on the tree
I'm watching them shine
You should be here with me
Baby please come home
 
They're singing "Deck The Halls"
But it's not like Christmas at all
'Cause I remember when you were here
And all the fun we had last year
 
If there was a way
I'd hold back this tear
But it's Christmas day

Please
Please
Please
Please
Baby please come home

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Darlene Love

Darlene Love (née Wright; born July 26, 1941 ) is an American popular music singer and actress. She gained prominence in the 1960s for the song "He's a Rebel," a #1 American single in 1962, and was part of the Phil Spector stable that produced a celebrated Christmas album in 1963. more »

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Written by: Ellie Greenwich, Jeff Barry, Phil Spector

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12 facts about this song

Significant Artists
"Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)" is a rock song originally recorded by Darlene Love with Phil Spector producing and co-writing.
Song Inception
The track was recorded in 1963 and is featured on the holiday compilation album, "A Christmas Gift for You from Phil Spector."
Notable Songwriter
The song was written by Ellie Greenwich and Jeff Barry, alongside Phil Spector.
Distinct Genre
The song is known for its "Wall of Sound" production, a music production formula developed by Phil Spector that combines various musical styles and high production values, which results in a very dense and layered sound.
Acknowledged Record
In 2004, the song was ranked number 20 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of The Greatest Christmas Songs of All Time.
Public Performances
From the mid-1980s until 2014, Darlene Love performed the song annually on "The Late Show With David Letterman," making it a holiday tradition for the show.
Numerous Covers
The song has been covered by numerous artists over the years, including U2, Mariah Carey, Cher, Hanson, and Bruce Springsteen, among others.
Cultural Icon
The popularity of the song has cemented it as a staple in American holiday culture, often played on radio and in commercial establishments during the Christmas season.
Movie Soundtrack
The song is included in many movies' soundtracks, such as Gremlins and Goodfellas.
Album Rank
The album "A Christmas Gift for You from Phil Spector," where "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)" is included, is considered by many as one of the greatest Christmas albums of all time.
Impact and Meaning
The song's powerful lyrics and vocals resonate with listeners who are separated from their loved ones during the holiday season.
Awards
In 2010, Rolling Stone ranked "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)" at number 26 on its list of The Greatest Rock and Roll Christmas Songs.

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