Count Your Blessings (Instead of Sheep)

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"Count Your Blessings (Instead of Sheep)" is a popular song written by Irving Berlin for the 1954 movie White Christmas. It is commonly performed as a Christmas song, although the lyrics make no reference to the holiday.[1]


It was nominated for an Academy Award as "Best Song" but was defeated by "Three Coins in the Fountain" from the movie of the same name written by Jule Styne and lyricist Sammy Cahn.[2] It was performed on the 1955 Academy Awards telecast by vocalist Peggy King.[3]

The best-known recordings were made by Rosemary Clooney and Bing Crosby — who both appeared in the film — as well as separate recordings by Eddie Fisher, Sonny Rollins, Andy Williams, Jimmy Durante, and the Ray Conniff Singers. A 1954 jazz rendition was cut by Gene Ammons. More recent recordings include those by Amy Grant, Miki Howard, Jars of Clay, Diana Krall, Barry Manilow, Johnny Mathis, Sandi Patty and José Mari Chan.


  1. ^ Tyler, Don (2008). Music of the Postwar Era. Greenwood Press. p. 125. ISBN 9780313341915. Retrieved 2013-12-23. 
  2. ^ Reid, John Howard (2006). Hollywood Movie Musicals. p. 219. Retrieved 2013-12-23. 
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