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"Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!"
Song
Published1945
Composer(s)Jule Styne
Lyricist(s)Sammy Cahn

"Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!", also known as simply "Let It Snow", is a song written by lyricist Sammy Cahn and composer Jule Styne in July 1945. It was written in Hollywood, California during a heat wave as Cahn and Styne imagined cooler conditions.[1][2]

Despite the lyrics making no mention of any holiday, the song has come to be regarded as a Christmas song worldwide due to its winter theme, being played on radio stations during the Christmas and holiday season, and having often been covered by various artists on Christmas-themed albums.[3] However, in the Southern Hemisphere, it can be played during the winter months of June, July, and August; and in New Zealand, some play it at Matariki.

Recording history[edit]

First recorded for RCA Victor in 1945 by Vaughn Monroe,[4] it became a popular hit, reaching No. 1 on the Billboard Best Sellers music chart in late January and through February 1946. Woody Herman's 1945 recording[5][unreliable source?] peaked at No. 7 on the Billboard chart.[citation needed]

Other notable recordings:

  • 1962 - Bing Crosby, on his album I Wish You a Merry Christmas.
  • 1991 - Helen Merrill records a cover of the song for the album Christmas Song Book (Victor, VICJ 91), released in Japan and the United States of America .
  • 2005 – Carly Simon, on a CD single. Her version is unusual in being sung from the point of view of the host instead of the guest.[6] It peaked at No. 6 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart.[7]
  • 2012 – Rod Stewart, on his album Merry Christmas, Baby. Stewart's version reached No. 1 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart in December 2012.[8] The song remained in the No. 1 spot for a total of five weeks, tying it for the longest leading rendition of a holiday title in the history of the chart.[9]

Frank Sinatra version[edit]

"Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!"
Single by Frank Sinatra
from the album Christmas Songs by Sinatra
B-side"Remember Me in Your Dreams"
Released1950 (1950)
Genre
Length2:36
LabelColumbia
Composer(s)Jule Styne
Lyricist(s)Sammy Cahn

American singer Frank Sinatra released a version as a single in 1950 that featured The B. Swanson Quartet.[10][11]

Weekly charts

Chart (1950–2022) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[12] 21
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[13] 55
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[14] 28
Czech Republic (Singles Digitál Top 100)[15] 13
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[16] 13
France (SNEP)[17] 105
Germany (Official German Charts)[18] 73
Global 200 (Billboard)[19] 41
Greece International Digital Singles (IFPI)[20] 22
Hungary (Single Top 40)[21] 22
Hungary (Stream Top 40)[22] 6
Ireland (IRMA)[23] 36
Italy (FIMI)[24] 33
Latvia (LAIPA)[25] 9
Lithuania (AGATA)[26] 19
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[27] 16
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[28] 15
Portugal (AFP)[29] 19
Slovakia (Singles Digitál Top 100)[30] 19
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[31] 69
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[32] 12
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[33] 16
UK Singles (OCC)[34] 39
US Holiday 100 (Billboard)[35] 45
US Rolling Stone Top 100[36] 81

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[37] Platinum 70,000double-dagger
Denmark (IFPI Danmark)[38] Gold 45,000double-dagger
Italy (FIMI)[39] Gold 25,000double-dagger
New Zealand (RMNZ)[40] Gold 10,000double-dagger
Portugal (AFP)[41] Gold 5,000double-dagger
United Kingdom (BPI)[42] Gold 400,000double-dagger

double-dagger Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.

Dean Martin version[edit]

"Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!"
Single by Dean Martin
from the album A Winter Romance
Released1959 (1959)
Genre
Length1:55
LabelCapitol
Composer(s)Jule Styne
Lyricist(s)Sammy Cahn

American singer Dean Martin released a version of the song in 1959, as part of his album A Winter Romance, and a re-recorded version in 1966, as part of The Dean Martin Christmas Album. The song entered the Billboard Hot 100 for the first time in 2018.[43]

Weekly charts

Chart (1966–2022) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[44] 42
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[45] 19
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[46] 12
Czech Republic (Singles Digitál Top 100)[47] 11
Denmark (Tracklisten)[48] 26
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[49] 13
France (SNEP)[17] 47
Germany (Official German Charts)[50] 18
Global 200 (Billboard)[51] 11
Greece International Digital Singles (IFPI)[20] 51
Hungary (Stream Top 40)[52] 9
Ireland (IRMA)[53] 25
Italy (FIMI)[54] 10
Latvia (LAIPA)[25] 15
Lithuania (AGATA)[26] 13
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[55] 24
Norway (VG-lista)[56] 30
Portugal (AFP)[57] 14
Slovakia (Singles Digitál Top 100)[30] 14
Slovenia (SloTop50)[58] 26
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[59] 99
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[60] 31
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[61] 14
UK Singles (OCC)[62] 27
US Billboard Hot 100[63] 8
US Holiday 100 (Billboard)[64] 6
US Rolling Stone Top 100[65] 7

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Italy (FIMI)[66] Gold 35,000double-dagger
United Kingdom (BPI)[67] Platinum 600,000double-dagger

double-dagger Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.

Jessica Simpson version[edit]

"Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!"
Single by Jessica Simpson
from the album Rejoyce: The Christmas Album
ReleasedNovember 22, 2004[68]
Recorded2004
Genre
Length2:01
LabelColumbia
Composer(s)Sammy Cahn, Jule Styne
Lyricist(s)Sammy Cahn

American singer Jessica Simpson released a version of the song in 2004, as part of her album Rejoyce: The Christmas Album. Her version was produced by Billy Mann. The song has a music video. Simpson's version reached No. 20 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart.

Chart (2004) Peak
position
US Billboard AC[69] 20

Other charting recordings[edit]

Glee Cast version[edit]

Chart (2011–2012) Peak
position
US Holiday Digital Song Sales (Billboard)[70] 22

Michael Bublé version[edit]

Chart (2021) Peak
position
UK Singles (OCC)[71] 67
U.S. Billboard Adult Contemporary (chart)[72] 1

See also[edit]

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