Santa Baby

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"Santa Baby"
Single Eartha Kitt-Santa Baby cover.jpg
Single by Eartha Kitt
B-side"Under the Bridges of Paris"[1]
ReleasedOctober 2, 1953
Format7"
RecordedJuly 1953[1]
Genre
LabelRCA Victor (47–5502)
Songwriter(s)
  • Joan Javits
  • Philip Springer
  • Tony Springer[2][3]
Eartha Kitt singles chronology
"I Want To Be Evil"
(1953)
"Santa Baby"
(1953)
"Lovin' Spree"
(1954)

"Santa Baby" is a 1953 Christmas song written by Joan Javits (the niece of Senator Jacob K. Javits) and Philip Springer, sung originally by Eartha Kitt. The song is a tongue-in-cheek look at a Christmas list addressed to Santa Claus by a woman who wants extravagant gifts such as sables, yachts, and decorations from Tiffany's.

Original recording[edit]

"Santa Baby" was originally recorded by Eartha Kitt with Henri René and his orchestra in New York City, in July 1953. It was released by RCA Victor Records as catalog number 20-5502 (in the United States),[4] and by EMI on the His Master's Voice label as catalog number B 10728. The song was a huge success for Kitt, and she later said that it was one of her favorite songs to record; she reprised it in the 1954 film New Faces. Also in 1954, Kitt recorded a new version of the song with new lyrics titled "This Year's Santa Baby" to no commercial success; writers listed did not change. Kitt then re-recorded the original song for Kapp Records in 1963, using a more uptempo arrangement.

Legacy[edit]

The song has been covered by a number of artists, including Madonna in 1987, and Kylie Minogue. Madonna's rendition for the 1987 charity album A Very Special Christmas was based on the later version of Eartha Kitt released in 1963, ten years after the first release version of the original Kitt recording of the song in July 1953. On the Internet, another recording is commonly attributed to Marilyn Monroe who never actually recorded the song. This version of Kitt's song was performed by Cynthia Basinet in 1997.

Charts and certifications[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1953–2019) Peak
position
Germany (Official German Charts)[5] 73
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[6] 63
US Holiday 100 (Billboard)[7] 18

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[8] Silver 200,000double-dagger
United States (RIAA)[9] Gold 500,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

Covers[edit]

The song has since been covered by several artists, including Kylie Minogue and Ariana Grande.

Kylie Minogue version[edit]

Kylie Minogue's version was released in 2000 originally as a B-side to her UK number 10 song "Please Stay". Minogue's version of the track eventually peaked at number 38 on the UK Singles Chart, becoming her 50th UK top 40 single and earning a Silver certification denoting sales and streams of 200,000 units.

Charts[edit]

Chart (2000–2019) Peak
position
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[10] 67
Germany (Official German Charts)[11] 60
Hungary (Stream Top 40)[12] 38
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[13] 77
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[14] 57
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[15] 38

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[16] Gold 45,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[17] Silver 200,000double-dagger

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

Ariana Grande version[edit]

On 6 November 2013, Grande announced via Twitter she would be releasing new music each week leading up to Christmas. On the fourth and final week she released a cover of the 1953 classic "Santa Baby", which features Grande's former Victorious co-star Elizabeth Gillies.[18]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2013–2019) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[19] 77
Czech Republic (Singles Digitál Top 100)[20] 76
Greece International Digital Singles (IFPI)[21] 90
Hungary (Stream Top 40)[22] 29
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[23] 53
Portugal (AFP)[24] 77
Slovakia (Singles Digitál Top 100)[25] 72
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[26] 81
US Holiday 100 (Billboard)[27] 36

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "The Top 40 Christmas Oldies Songs and Holiday Music – #8". Oldies.about.com. 2012-04-10. Retrieved 2012-06-02.
  2. ^ "Interview with Santa Baby Songwriter, Philip Springer". MusicNotes Blog. November 26, 2008. Retrieved September 23, 2017.
  3. ^ "Santa Baby | ACE Repertory". ASCAP. Retrieved September 23, 2017.
  4. ^ RCA Victor Records in the 20-5000 to 20–5999 series
  5. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Eartha Kitt with Henri René and his Orchestra – Santa Baby". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved June 13, 2019.
  6. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved June 13, 2019.
  7. ^ "Eartha Kitt Chart History (Holiday 100)". Billboard. Retrieved June 13, 2019.
  8. ^ "British single certifications – Eartha Kitt – Santa Baby". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved June 13, 2019. Select singles in the Format field. Select Silver in the Certification field. Type Santa Baby in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  9. ^ "American single certifications – Eartha Kitt – Santa Baby". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved January 4, 2017. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH. 
  10. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Kylie Minogue – Santa Baby" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40. Retrieved June 13, 2019.
  11. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Kylie Minogue – Santa Baby". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved June 13, 2019.
  12. ^ "Archívum – Slágerlisták – MAHASZ" (in Hungarian). Stream Top 40 slágerlista. Magyar Hanglemezkiadók Szövetsége. Retrieved June 13, 2019.
  13. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Kylie Minogue – Santa Baby" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved June 13, 2019.
  14. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Kylie Minogue – Santa Baby". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved June 13, 2019.
  15. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved June 13, 2019.
  16. ^ "Danish single certifications – Kylie Minogue – Santa Baby". IFPI Denmark. Retrieved 4 November 2019.
  17. ^ "British single certifications – Kylie Minogue – Santa Baby". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved June 13, 2019. Select singles in the Format field. Select Silver in the Certification field. Type Santa Baby in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  18. ^ "Ariana Grande covers 'Santa Baby' – listen". Digital Spy. 2013-12-10.
  19. ^ "ARIA CHART WATCH #505". auspOp. Retrieved June 13, 2019.
  20. ^ "ČNS IFPI" (in Czech). Hitparáda – Digital Top 100 Oficiální. IFPI Czech Republic. Note: Change the chart to CZ – SINGLES DIGITAL – TOP 100 and insert 20185152 into search. Retrieved June 13, 2019.
  21. ^ "Official IFPI Charts – Digital Singles Chart (International) – Week: 52/2018". IFPI Greece. Retrieved June 13, 2019.
  22. ^ "Archívum – Slágerlisták – MAHASZ" (in Hungarian). Stream Top 40 slágerlista. Magyar Hanglemezkiadók Szövetsége. Retrieved June 13, 2019.
  23. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Ariana Grande feat. Liz Gillies – Santa Baby" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved June 13, 2019.
  24. ^ "Portuguesecharts.com – Ariana Grande feat. Liz Gillies – Santa Baby". AFP Top 100 Singles. Retrieved June 13, 2019.
  25. ^ "ČNS IFPI" (in Slovak). Hitparáda – Singles Digital Top 100 Oficiálna. IFPI Czech Republic. Note: Select SINGLES DIGITAL - TOP 100 and insert 20185152 into search. Retrieved June 13, 2019.
  26. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Ariana Grande feat. Liz Gillies – Santa Baby". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved June 13, 2019.
  27. ^ "Ariana Grande Chart History (Holiday 100)". Billboard. Retrieved June 13, 2019.