A Very Special Christmas (album)

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A Very Special Christmas
A Very Special Christmas.jpg
Cover art by Keith Haring
Compilation album by
Various artists
ReleasedOctober 12, 1987[1]
GenreChristmas music, Children's music
Length50:57 (Original version)
51:11 (Revised version)
ProducerJimmy Iovine
Various artists chronology
A Very Special Christmas
A Very Special Christmas 2
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[2]

A Very Special Christmas is the first in the A Very Special Christmas series of Christmas-themed compilation albums produced to benefit the Special Olympics. The album was released in mid October 1987, and production was overseen by Jimmy Iovine for A&M Records. A Very Special Christmas has raised millions of dollars for the Special Olympics.[3] The cover artwork was designed by Keith Haring.

On January 16, 1998, the album was certified quadruple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America for shipment of four million copies in the United States.[4]

As of November 2014, A Very Special Christmas is the 19th best-selling Christmas/holiday album in the United States during the SoundScan era of music sales tracking (March 1991 – present), having sold 2,520,000 copies according to SoundScan.[5]

Track listing[edit]

Track Song Title Writer(s) Artist Time
1. "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town" John Frederick Coots and Haven Gillespie The Pointer Sisters 3:22
2. "Winter Wonderland" Felix Bernard and Richard B. Smith Eurythmics 3:36
3. "Do You Hear What I Hear?" Noël Regney and Gloria Shayne Baker Whitney Houston 3:33
4. "Merry Christmas Baby" Lou Baxter and Johnny Moore Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band 4:53
5. "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane Pretenders 4:42
6. "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus" Tommie Connor John Cougar Mellencamp 2:39
7. "Gabriel's Message" Charles Bordes and Sabine Baring-Gould Sting 2:14
8. "Christmas in Hollis" Joseph Simmons, Darryl McDaniels and Jason Mizell Run-D.M.C. 3:00
9. "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)" Ellie Greenwich, Jeff Barry and Phil Spector U2 2:21
10. "Santa Baby" Joan Javits, Philip Springer and Tony Springer Madonna 2:35
11. "The Little Drummer Boy" Katherine Kennicott Davis, Harry Simeone and Henry Onorati Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band 3:32
12. "Run Rudolph Run" Johnny Marks and Marvin Brodie Bryan Adams 2:43
13. "Back Door Santa" Clarence Carter and Marcus Daniel Bon Jovi 3:54
14. "The Coventry Carol" Traditional Alison Moyet 3:25
15. "Silent Night" Josef Mohr and Franz X. Gruber Stevie Nicks 4:37
  • On later pressings of the album, "Back Door Santa" was replaced with "I Wish Every Day Could Be Like Christmas", also by Bon Jovi.
  • Also, on later pressings of the album, a spoken introduction on The Pretenders' "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas", presumably by a child, was omitted.


  1. ^ A Very Special Christmas Vol. 1 | A Very Special Christmas
  2. ^ A Very Special Christmas at AllMusic
  3. ^ McGee, Matt (2008). U2: A Diary. Omnibus Press. p. 111. ISBN 978-1-84772-108-2.
  4. ^ "RIAA Searchable Database". Recording Industry Association of America. Archived from the original on 2014-08-30. Retrieved 2014-12-02.
  5. ^ Staff, Billboard (2014-12-01). "The Gifts That Keep on Giving: Biggest Radio and Album Hits of the Holidays". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 2014-12-02.

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