Home for the Holidays (song)

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"Home for the Holidays"
Single by Perry Como
B-side"God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen"
ReleasedNovember 1955 (1955-11)
Format78 rpm & 45 rpm singles
RecordedNovember 16, 1954
GenreEasy listening, pop
LabelRCA Victor
Composer(s)Robert Allen
Lyricist(s)Al Stillman
Perry Como singles chronology
"All at Once You Love Her"
"Home for the Holidays"
"Juke Box Baby"

"(There's No Place Like) Home for the Holidays" is a popular song, commonly associated with the Christmas and holiday season.

The music was composed by Robert Allen, while the lyrics were written by Al Stillman.[1] The song was published during 1954.

Perry Como versions[edit]

The best-known recordings were made by Perry Como, who recorded the song twice.

The first recording, done on November 16, 1954, was released as a single for Christmas, 1954, by RCA Victor.[2] The flip side was "Silk Stockings" (which scored in the Cash Box magazine top 50). "Home for the Holidays" reached No. 8 on the Billboard magazine chart in the United States. The next Christmas it was released again, with "God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen" as the flip side.[3] The same recorded version was released in the United Kingdom by HMV,[4] with the flip side "Tina Marie". This recording has appeared on many compilation albums over the years and remains a Christmas radio regular.

Como's second recording of the song, in stereo and with a different musical arrangement, was made on July 15, 1959. It was released as a 33 rpm single,[5] with flip side "Winter Wonderland" in the U.S., and as a 45 rpm single by HMV in the UK.[6] This 1959 version was also included on the album Season's Greetings from Perry Como and has appeared on many compilations, as well as being played on some radio stations during the holidays.

Other versions[edit]

Perhaps the most iconic version of the song, other than the original Perry Como version, is the Carpenters’ recording on their 1984 LP release, An Old Fashioned Christmas.

In January 2000, a Garth Brooks version, from Garth Brooks and the Magic of Christmas, reached No. 63 on Billboard's Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart.[7]

On November 30, 2011, T-Mobile announced a surprise event at the Woodfield Mall.[8] On December 1, 2011, Alfonso Gomez-Rejon directed about six surprise singing and dancing mall performances of "Home for the Holidays" by Carly Foulkes and 100 Chicago-area women in magenta dresses. The performances were later edited into a music video with the hope that it would go viral.[9][10] The full video that was posted on YouTube has a run time of 3:48 and it was presented in a 60-second national television commercial starting on December 12. The video was produced by Ridley Scott and Tony Scott's RSA Films.[11] The musical director was Paul Mirkovich.[12]

The song was also remade as a duet between Cyndi Lauper and Norah Jones during 2011 for an exclusive iTunes Store release. The single was available to download on November 1 and did well on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart, peaking at No. 12 and at No. 22 on the Adult Contemporary Radio Airplay Chart in the U.S.[citation needed]


  1. ^ http://www.songmeanings.net/songs/view/3530822107858594093/
  2. ^ Catalog No. 20-5950-B on 78 rpm and 47-5950-B on 45 rpm
  3. ^ RCA 20-6321-A and 47-6321-A
  4. ^ Catalog No. POP-103
  5. ^ RCA catalog No. VP-2066
  6. ^ Catalog number RCA-1215
  7. ^ "There's No Place Like Home for the Holidays (song by Garth Brooks) Music VF, US & UK successes charts". www.musicvf.com.
  8. ^ T-Mobile USA (November 30, 2011). "@TMobile status". Twitter. Retrieved December 10, 2011.
  9. ^ Bishop, Todd (December 7, 2011). "Video: T-Mobile stages holiday musical in middle of a mall". Geekwire. Retrieved December 10, 2011.
  10. ^ Baar, Aaron (December 8, 2011). "Magenta Meets New Directions For T-Mobile". Media Post News. Retrieved December 10, 2011.
  11. ^ McGlynn, Tim (December 9, 2011). "Schaumburg High School students in T-Mobile ad". Daily Herald. Retrieved December 10, 2011.
  12. ^ "T-Mobile's Home for the Holidays Surprise". CastTV. December 5, 2011. Retrieved December 10, 2011.