MUSICPresident Obama made headlines recently for singing "Jingle Bells" during the tree lighting ceremony at the White House just a few days ago. The performance was less than spectacular, but nobody seemed to care.
The first Christmas carol you ever learned to sing, next to "Away In a Manger," was probably "Jingle Bells." (Or if you grew up in my grandmother's Sunday School class, you were taught "Gospel Bells" to give the song a Christian meaning.) It's an instantly recognizable tune and one that has been give many different treatments over the years. While Obama's version won't go down in history as one of the best, here is a collection of some that will:
Lauren DaigleThe most recent version has a sound as if it was written many years ago.
Bing Crosby and the Andrew Sisters
Recorded in 1942, this is probably the most classic version of tune.
Barbara StreisandBarbara Streisand her version of the song titling it, "Jingle Bells?" in 1967.
Amy Grant then recorded Streisand's version in 2008 for her "Christmas Collection" album.
Kay Thompson sang her version of "Jingle Bells" back in 1945.
Andy Williams preferred Thompson's version and recorded his own take on the song in 1963. I'm not sure when this video was made but the song still sounds pretty good, but the dancers, not so much.
Michael W. Smith
In 1998, Michael W. Smith also did his take of Andy William's take on Kay Thompson's "Jingle Bells" in 1998.