"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 USA), and by EMI on the His Master's Voice label as catalog number B 10728. The song was a huge hit 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. Kitt re-recorded the song for Kapp Records in 1963, using a more uptempo arrangement (Madonna's popular rendition for the 1987 charity album A Very Special Christmas was based on this latter version). 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.
In late 2014, Jen Kirkman performed a live version of Santa Baby at the City Winery in New York City. She was accompanied by Rhett Miller. 
In December 2007, Kylie Minogue's version of the song reached #76 in the UK due to download sales. It was first released as a b-side to her 2000 single "Please Stay" (released in December of that year), which charted #10 a b-side to her version of the Christmas classic "Let It Snow". Both were released during December 2010 on iTunes on A Kylie Christmas. On 23 December 2010, Kylie released the video for "Santa Baby" via YouTube. Minogue's version of the song is featured in the 2006 film The Holiday.
"Santa Baby" was recorded by American singer Ariana Grande, featuring Liz Gillies. It was released on 10 December 2013 on iTunes and Amazon MP3 through Republic Records. The song serves as the fourth single from Grande's debut Christmas Kisses EP. Grande released each song week by week starting on November 19, 2013. The holidaypop song is a cover, originally performed by Eartha Kitt. It was written by Joan Javits, Phillip Springer and Tony Springer. Ariana first confirmed that she had done a Christmas duet with Liz on November 3, 2013. This is Liz and Ariana's second Christmas cover. They also performed "Chestnuts" in 2011.