Santa Baby

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This article is about the Christmas Song. For the film starring Jenny McCarthy, see Santa Baby (film).
"Santa Baby"
Single by Eartha Kitt
B-side "Under the Bridges of Paris"[1]
Released 1953 (1953)
Format 7"
Recorded July, 1953[1]
Genre Christmas, Jazz
Label RCA Victor (47-5502)
Writer(s) Joan Javits
Philip Springer
Tony Springer
Eartha Kitt singles chronology
"I Want To Be Evil"
(1953)
"Santa Baby"
(1953)
"Lovin' Spree"
(1954)

"Santa Baby" is a 1953 Christmas song written by Joan Javits (the niece of Senator Jacob K. Javits) and Philip Springer.

The song is a tongue-in-cheek look at a Christmas list addressed to Santa Claus by a woman who wants extravagant gifts such as sables, yachts, and decorations from Tiffany's.

Original recording[edit]

"Santa Baby" was originally recorded by Eartha Kitt with Henri René and his orchestra in New York City, in July, 1953. It was released by RCA Victor Records as catalog number 20-5502 (in the USA),[2] and by EMI on the His Master's Voice label as catalog number B 10728. The song was a huge hit for Kitt, and she later said that it was one of her favorite songs to record; she reprised it in the 1954 film New Faces. Kitt also reprised the original song in a 1963 re-recording for Kapp Records, with a more uptempo arrangement (Madonna's popular rendition for the 1987 charity album A Very Special Christmas was based on this latter version). In 1954, Kitt recorded a new version of the song with new lyrics titled "This Year's Santa Baby", to no commercial success. Writers listed did not change.

The song is heard in the films Driving Miss Daisy (1989), Elf (2003), and Boynton Beach Club (2005).

Ariana Grande version[edit]

"Santa Baby"
Single by Ariana Grande featuring Liz Gillies
from the album Christmas Kisses
Released December 10, 2013 (2013-12-10)
Format Digital download
Recorded 2013
Genre Christmas pop
Length 2:51
Label Republic
Writer(s) Joan Javits, Philip Springer, Tony Springer
Producer(s)
Ariana Grande singles chronology
  • "Santa Baby"
  • (2013)
Liz Gillies singles chronology
  • "Santa Baby"
  • (2013)

"Santa Baby" is a song recorded by American recording artist Ariana Grande, featuring a guest appearance from American actress Liz Gillies. The song was released by Republic Records on December 10, 2013, as the fourth single from Grande's EP Christmas Kisses.[3]

Track listing[edit]

  • Digital download[4]
  1. "Santa Baby (feat. Liz Gillies)" – 2:51

Charts[edit]

Chart (2013) Peak
position
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[5] 155

Cover versions[edit]

"Santa Baby" has been covered in recorded and live performances by many artists throughout the years, including Maria Muldaur, Everclear, RuPaul, Kate Ceberano, Homer & Jethro, Taylor Horn, Raini Rodriguez, Shakira, Madonna, Jhene, Macy Gray, Natalie Merchant, Cynthia Basinet, Faith Evans, Gino Frisella, Boney James, Kylie Minogue, Girls' Generation, Ste van Holm, The Pussycat Dolls, LeAnn Rimes, VersaEmerge, Kellie Pickler, Lynn Anderson, Paloma Faith, Taylor Swift, Colbie Caillat, Chris Mitchell, The Swingle Singers, Ariana Grande and featuring Elizabeth Gillies, Halie Loren and Debby Ryan. It was sung in an Ally McBeal episode by the title character (Calista Flockhart). Miss Piggy sang the song in the 2002 film It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie and recorded another version for the 2006 album A Green and Red Christmas and the 2013 television special Lady Gaga and the Muppets' Holiday Spectacular.

The version recorded by the Pussycat Dolls entered the Top 70 Billboard charts in the Philippines, peaking at No. 21. Although it was a b-side the song picked up radio airplay in the Philippines. This version also appeared as track 1 on disc 1 of The Perfect Christmas 2006 album.

In December 2007, Kylie Minogue's version of the song reached #76 in the UK due to download sales. It was first released as a b-side to her 2000 single "Please Stay" (released in December of that year), which charted #10 in the UK. The song was also included as a b-side to her version of the Christmas classic "Let It Snow". Both were released during December 2010 on iTunes on A Kylie Christmas. On 23 December 2010, Kylie released the video for "Santa Baby" via YouTube. Minogue's version of the song is featured in the 2006 film The Holiday.

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