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"Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!"
Song
Published1945 by Edwin H Morris and Co.
Composer(s)Jule Styne
Lyricist(s)Sammy Cahn

"Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!", also known as "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 in North America 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. In the Southern Hemisphere, however, 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,[3] 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 competing recording, featuring him on vocals and a notable trumpet solo by Sonny Berman, peaked at No. 7 on the Billboard chart,[citation needed] while Connee Boswell reached No. 9 with her rendition.[citation needed]

Other notable recordings:

  • 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.[4] It peaked at No. 6 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart.[5]
  • 2012 – Rod Stewart, on his album Merry Christmas, Baby. Stewart's version reached No. 1 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart in December 2012.[6] 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.[7]

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 in 1950 that featured The Swanson Quartet.

Weekly charts

Chart (1950–2020) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[8] 21
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[9] 66
Czech Republic (Singles Digitál Top 100)[10] 13
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[11] 13
France (SNEP)[12] 105
Germany (Official German Charts)[13] 73
Greece International Digital Singles (IFPI)[14] 22
Hungary (Single Top 40)[15] 26
Hungary (Stream Top 40)[16] 6
Ireland (IRMA)[17] 36
Italy (FIMI)[18] 33
Latvia (LAIPA)[19] 9
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[20] 26
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[21] 15
Portugal (AFP)[22] 29
Slovakia (Singles Digitál Top 100)[23] 19
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[24] 82
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[25] 12
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[26] 16
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[27] 65
US Holiday 100 (Billboard)[28] 45

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[29] Gold 45,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[30] Silver 200,000double-dagger

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments 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.[31]

Weekly charts

Chart (1966–2019) Peak
position
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[32] 12
Czech Republic (Singles Digitál Top 100)[10] 15
Denmark (Tracklisten)[33] 31
France (SNEP)[34] 47
Germany (Official German Charts)[35] 52
Greece International Digital Singles (IFPI)[36] 51
Hungary (Stream Top 40)[37] 13
Ireland (IRMA)[17] 49
Latvia (LAIPA)[38] 15
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[39] 31
Portugal (AFP)[40] 33
Slovakia (Singles Digitál Top 100)[23] 14
Slovenia (SloTop50)[41] 28
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[42] 99
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[43] 26
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[27] 39
US Billboard Hot 100[44] 15
US Holiday 100 (Billboard)[45] 6
US Rolling Stone Top 100[46] 9

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gilliland, John (1994). Pop Chronicles the 40s: The Lively Story of Pop Music in the 40s (audiobook). ISBN 978-1-55935-147-8. OCLC 31611854. Tape 3, side A.
  2. ^ Theroux, Alexander (February 16, 2013). The Grammar of Rock: Art and Artlessness in 20th Century Pop Lyrics. Fantagraphics Books. ISBN 9781606996164.
  3. ^ Collins, Ace (2010). Stories Behind the Greatest Hits of Christmas. Zondervan. ISBN 978-0310327950. Retrieved July 9, 2013.
  4. ^ "Carly Simon Official Website - Let It Snow! lyrics". carlysimon.com. Archived from the original on August 10, 2007. Retrieved February 11, 2015.
  5. ^ "Carly Simon - Chart history". Billboard. Retrieved February 11, 2015.
  6. ^ Trust, Gary. "Rod Stewart Scores First AC No. 1 Since 1993 With 'Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow'". Billboard. Retrieved November 26, 2012.
  7. ^ Trust, Gary. "Chart Moves: 2012's Twelve Hot 100 No. 1s; Taylor Swift Back in Country Airplay Top 10; Dropkick Murphys Xmas Song Charts". Billboard. Retrieved February 21, 2013.
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  9. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Frank Sinatra – Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40. Retrieved January 2, 2020.
  10. ^ a b "ČNS IFPI" (in Czech). Hitparáda – Digital Top 100 Oficiální. IFPI Czech Republic. Note: Change the chart to CZ – SINGLES DIGITAL – TOP 100 and insert 201851 into search. Retrieved January 13, 2019.
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  14. ^ "Official IFPI Charts – Digital Singles Chart (International) – Week: 52/2018". IFPI Greece. Retrieved January 13, 2019.
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  17. ^ a b "Official Irish Singles Chart Top 50". Official Charts Company. Retrieved December 28, 2019.
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  21. ^ "NZ Top 40 Singles Chart". Recorded Music NZ. December 30, 2019. Retrieved December 28, 2019.
  22. ^ "Portuguesecharts.com – Frank Sinatra – Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!". AFP Top 100 Singles. Retrieved January 13, 2019.
  23. ^ a b "ČNS IFPI" (in Slovak). Hitparáda – Singles Digital Top 100 Oficiálna. IFPI Czech Republic. Note: Select SINGLES DIGITAL - TOP 100 and insert 201851 into search. Retrieved January 13, 2019.
  24. ^ "Top 100 Canciones: Semana 52". Productores de Música de España. Retrieved January 5, 2020.
  25. ^ "Veckolista Singlar, vecka 52". Sverigetopplistan. Retrieved December 27, 2019.
  26. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Frank Sinatra – Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved December 30, 2019.
  27. ^ a b "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved December 28, 2019.
  28. ^ "Frank Sinatra Chart History (Holiday 100)". Billboard. Retrieved January 13, 2019.
  29. ^ "Danish single certifications – Frank Sinatra – Let It Snow". IFPI Denmark. Retrieved January 4, 2020.
  30. ^ "British single certifications – Frank Sinatra – Let It Snow". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved January 4, 2020. Select singles in the Format field. Select Silver in the Certification field. Type Let It Snow in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  31. ^ Zellner, Xander. "Dean Martin Scores First Billboard Hot 100 Entry in Nearly 50 Years With 'Let It Snow'". Billboard. Retrieved January 1, 2019.
  32. ^ "Dean Martin Chart History (Canadian Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved January 13, 2019.
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  36. ^ "Official IFPI Charts – Digital Singles Chart (International) – Week: 52/2018". IFPI Greece. Retrieved January 13, 2019.
  37. ^ "Archívum – Slágerlisták – MAHASZ" (in Hungarian). Stream Top 40 slágerlista. Magyar Hanglemezkiadók Szövetsége. Retrieved January 13, 2019.
  38. ^ "Mūzikas patēriņa tops gadu mijā" (in Latvian). LAIPA. Archived from the original on October 10, 2019. Retrieved November 28, 2019.
  39. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Dean Martin – Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved January 13, 2019.
  40. ^ "Portuguesecharts.com – Dean Martin – Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!". AFP Top 100 Singles. Retrieved January 13, 2019.
  41. ^ "SloTop50 – Slovenian official singles chart". slotop50.si. Retrieved December 30, 2019.
  42. ^ "Spanishcharts.com – Dean Martin – Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!" Canciones Top 50. Retrieved June 9, 2019.
  43. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Dean Martin – Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved December 30, 2019.
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  46. ^ "Top 100 Songs". Rolling Stone. December 24, 2019. Retrieved December 31, 2019.