Please Come Home for Christmas

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Not to be confused with Christmas (Baby Please Come Home).
"Please Come Home for Christmas"
Single by Charles Brown
from the album Charles Brown Sings Christmas Songs
B-side "Christmas (Comes but Once a Year)" by Amos Milburn[1]
Released 1960
Format 7-inch
Recorded September 21, 1960[2]
Genre Blues, Christmas
Length 2:50
Label King 45-5405
Writer(s) Charles Brown, Gene Redd
Charles Brown singles chronology
"Please Come Home for Christmas"
"Angel Baby" (Charles Brown & Group)
"Please Come Home for Christmas"
Single by Eagles
B-side "Funky New Year"
Released November 27, 1978
Format 7-inch
Recorded 1978 at Bayshore Recording Studios, Coconut Grove, Florida
Genre Rock, rhythm and blues, Christmas music
Length 2:57
Label Asylum 45555
Writer(s) Charles Brown, Gene Redd
Producer(s) Bill Szymczyk
Eagles singles chronology
"Life in the Fast Lane"
"Please Come Home for Christmas"
"Heartache Tonight"
"Please Come Home for Christmas"
Single by Bon Jovi
B-side "I Wish Everyday Could be Like Christmas" (4:25)
"Back Door Santa" (3:52)
Released 1995 (Japan)
Format CD single
Genre Christmas, pop
Length 2:53
Label Mercury PHCR-8343
Writer(s) Charles Brown, Gene Redd
Producer(s) Jimmy Iovine

"Please Come Home for Christmas" is a Christmas song, released in 1960, by the American blues singer and pianist Charles Brown. Hitting Billboard’s Hot 100 chart in December 1961, the tune Brown co-wrote with Gene Redd peaked at position #76. It appeared on the Christmas Singles chart for nine seasons, hitting #1 in 1972.[3] It includes a number of characteristics of Christmas music, such as multiple references in the lyrics to the Christmas season and Christmas traditions, and the use of a Church bell type sound, created using a piano, at the start of the song. It is sometimes referred to as "Bells Will Be Ringing", which are the first four words of the song.

Eagles version[edit]

In 1978, the rock band Eagles covered and released the song as a holiday single. Their version peaked at #18 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, the first Christmas song to reach the Top 20 on that chart since Roy Orbison's "Pretty Paper" in 1963. This was the first Eagles song to feature Timothy B. Schmit on bass (having replaced founding member Randy Meisner the previous year). The lineup features Don Henley (drums/vocals), Glenn Frey (piano, backing vocals), Joe Walsh (guitar, backing vocals), Schmit (bass/backing vocals), and Don Felder (lead guitar). Originally released as a vinyl 7" single, it was re-released as a CD single in 1995, reaching #15 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart. This version includes the lyrics "bells will be ringing the sad, sad news" (that is, a Christmas alone) as opposed to Brown's original version which references the "glad, glad news" (that is, Christmas in general).

Jon Bon Jovi version[edit]

Jon Bon Jovi also covered the song on the 1992 holiday album, A Very Special Christmas 2. A promo music video that featured supermodel Cindy Crawford was made to accompany that release. In 1994 the same recording was released as a charity single in Europe, but this time instead of being credited as a solo recording by Jon Bon Jovi it was released under the band name Bon Jovi. The 1994 single release made the Top Ten in both UK and Ireland.

Other cover versions[edit]

The song has also been covered by artists in various genres including Johnny Adams, Fiona Apple, Pat Benatar, James Brown, Kelly Clarkson, Harry Connick, Jr., Dion, Fats Domino, The Galaxies, Josh Gracin, Cee Lo Green, Heart, The Hot Sardines, Toby Keith, B. B. King, Lady Antebellum, Melissa Manchester, Martina McBride, Jesse McCartney, Willie Nelson, Aaron Neville, Christina Perri, The Platters, Lonestar, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Darius Rucker, Southside Johnny, Little Johnny Taylor, Clay Walker, Papa Don Vappie's New Orleans Jazz Bandand, and Edgar and Johnny Winter

Chart performance[edit]

Charles Brown[edit]

Chart (1962) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 76


Chart (1978) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 18
U.K. Singles Charts 30
Chart (1995) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks 15
Chart (2005) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot Digital Songs 74

Bon Jovi[edit]

Chart (1994) Peak
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[4] 20
Ireland (IRMA) 6
UK Singles (The Official Charts Company) 7

Gary Allan[edit]

Chart (1997) Peak
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[5] 70

Lee Roy Parnell[edit]

Chart (1997) Peak
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[6] 71

Willie Nelson[edit]

Chart (2004) Peak
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[7] 50

Josh Gracin[edit]

Chart (2006) Peak
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[8] 51

Martina McBride[edit]

Chart (2011–12) Peak
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[9] 51

Kelly Clarkson[edit]

Chart (2013–14) Peak
Canada AC (Billboard)[10] 14
South Korea International Singles (GAON)[11] 97
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)[12] 6
US Holiday Digital Songs (Billboard)[13] 14


  1. ^ Kelly, Red (Dec 19, 2005). "Amos Milburn - Christmas (Comes But Once A Year) (KING 5405)". The B Side. Retrieved April 2, 2010. 
  2. ^ "The Top 40 Christmas Oldies Songs and Holiday Music - #4". 1960-09-21. Retrieved 2014-05-24. 
  3. ^ CD sleeve: Billboard Greatest Christmas Hits (1955 - Present), 1989 Rhino Records Inc.
  4. ^ Pennanen, Timo (2006). Sisältää hitin - levyt ja esittäjät Suomen musiikkilistoilla vuodesta 1972 (in Finnish) (1st ed.). Helsinki: Tammi. ISBN 978-951-1-21053-5. 
  5. ^ "Gary Allan – Chart history" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Gary Allan.
  6. ^ "Lee Roy Parnell – Chart history" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Lee Roy Parnell.
  7. ^ "Willie Nelson – Chart history" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Willie Nelson.
  8. ^ "Josh Gracin – Chart history" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Josh Gracin.
  9. ^ "Martina McBride – Chart history" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Martina McBride.
  10. ^ "Kelly Clarkson – Chart history" Billboard Canada AC for Kelly Clarkson. Retrieved February 7, 2014.
  11. ^ "Gaon Album Chart 2013년 11월 5주차" (in Korean). GAON. Archived from the original on December 3, 2013. Retrieved November 29, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Kelly Clarkson – Chart history" Billboard Adult Contemporary for Kelly Clarkson. Retrieved November 11, 2014.
  13. ^ "Kelly Clarkson Album & Song Chart History". Billboard Holiday Digital Songs for Kelly Clarkson. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved February 7, 2014. 

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