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]
Released October 2, 1953
Format 7"
Recorded July 1953[1]
Label RCA Victor (47–5502)
  • Joan Javits
  • Philip Springer
  • Tony Springer[2][3]
Eartha Kitt singles chronology
"I Want To Be Evil"
"Santa Baby"
"Lovin' Spree"
"I Want To Be Evil"
"Santa Baby"
"Lovin' Spree"

"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 USA),[4] 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.

The song is heard in many films, such as Driving Miss Daisy (1989), Mixed Nuts (1994), Elf (2003), and Boynton Beach Club (2005). It was also heard in the Gavin and Stacey Christmas Special (2008).

Cover versions[edit]

In December 2010, Kylie Minogue's version of the song reached #76 in the UK due to download sales and reached a new peak of #72 in 2016. 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. The song is also featured on Minogue's 2015 album Kylie Christmas. Minogue's version of the song is featured in the 2006 film The Holiday.

Ariana Grande released a cover version of the song with Liz Gillies on December 10, 2013 for her debut Christmas EP Christmas Kisses, which was released three days later.

Eric Jacobson, in character as Miss Piggy, covered the song for the 2002 television film It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie and for the 2006 album The Muppets: A Green and Red Christmas.

Ashanti released a cover version of the song on her Christmas album called A Wonderful Christmas With Ashanti in 2013.

Gwen Stefani released a cover version of the song on September 29, 2017 for her 4th solo album and first holiday album, You Make It Feel Like Christmas, released on October 6, 2017.


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United States (RIAA)[5] Gold 500,000^

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


  1. ^ a b "The Top 40 Christmas Oldies Songs and Holiday Music – #8". 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. ^ "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

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