10 Best Versions Of 'Jingle Bells'
It really isn’t a proper Christmas if “Jingle Bells” isn't blaring in your ears everywhere you go during the month of December. The song was originally was composed in 1850 by James Lord Pierpont, and was intended to be a Thanksgiving celebration song.
While it didn’t quite pan out that way, the song instead became a Christmas staple a few years later, as various musicians began to cover it.
There are a ton of renditions out there of the iconic Christmas track, but Billboard selected the best of the best. Below, take a look at the greatest versions of “Jingle Bells” that need to be on your holiday playlist immediately.
Bing Crosby & The Andrews Sisters (1945)
One of the earliest recordings of “Jingle Bells” was done by Bing Crosby and The Andrews Sisters in 1945 for Crosby’s Merry Christmas holiday album. This version of the song is an old-timey one, but very lively, featuring fun and dynamic vocals from The Andrews Sisters.
Barbra Streisand (1967)
Barbra Streisand’s bizarre and exciting cover of “Jingle Bells” will leave you surprised, uplifted, and a little confused. The track is a very fast-paced, and almost hectic rendition of the original song, but Streisand’s excellent breath control and powerhouse of a voice more than makes up for the cover’s Christmas-y chaos.
Smokey Robinson & The Miracles (1970)
If you’re looking for a soulful version of “Jingle Bells,” then look no further than this cover by Smokey Robinson & The Miracles. As a part of their 1970 The Season for Miracles holiday album, this track is a happy standout that breathes new life into the track.
Dolly Parton (1990)
Dolly Parton’s rendition of “Jingle Bells” puts a country-pop twist on the original track. The song is a simple, yet energetic showcase of Patron’s sweet voice (accompanied by singing children) that exudes nothing but Christmas cheer that would put anyone in the holiday spirit.
Natalie Cole (1994)
Natalie Cole’s jazzy cover of “Jingle Bells” is a definite standout. Cole’s flawless scats and high energy makes this an fun track to play at any holiday gathering.
Straight No Chaser (2009)
This a capella cover of “Jingle Bells” by Straight No Chaser is an impressive track that showcases the group’s incredible vocal capabilities. This rendition of the original song will not disappoint.
Katharine McPhee (2010)
Katharine McPhee’s upbeat cover of “Jingle Bells” is the perfect track to put you in a decorating mood. Not only is McPhee’s take on the song is uplifting, joyful, and fun, but it stays relatively true to the spirit of the original.
Michael Buble & The Puppini Sisters (2012)
Michael Buble’s cover of “Jingle Bells” is a modern-day reboot of Crosby’s track. The Puppini Sisters are almost an exact replica of The Andrews Sisters, and their vocal capabilities. If you’re looking for a nostalgic, yet contemporary rendition of “Jingle Bells,” the King of Christmas will satisfy you.
Gwen Stefani (2017)
Gwen Stefani’s version of “Jingle Bells” features her unique voice over trumpets, drums, and of course, plenty of sleigh bells. Stefani even adds a little verse of her own near the end of the song, mtaching the high pop energy this track exudes.
Pentatonix's cover of Barbra Streisand’s “Jingle Bells” is a gift that keeps on giving. The extremely talented group tackles the track effortlessly, and perfectly captures the erratic essence of Streissand's version of the song without missing a single beat.