What Will Santa Claus Say (When He Finds Everybody Swingin’) was a Swing classic by Louis Prima; I couldn’t find an exact year, but he was big in the 1930′s.
You probably know Louis Prima from his more popular film appearance:
The two sound similar enough to make me smile
You never hear it anymore, and there’s not many covers, but I did find this one by Mark Shane:
Dig that trumpet
Rockin Around The Christmas Tree can thusly be seen as a spiritual successor to this song; written in 1958, it’s more Rockabilly than Rock n’ Roll, but it brings a whole new genre to Christmas just like Louis did for swing. It was recorded by Brenda Lee, apparently only aged 13 at the time with a remarkably mature voice for her age:
(Knowing she’s 13, it does sound a little Jackson 5, doesn’t it?)
Here’s Miley Cyrus, age 16, probably one of the most appropriate artists to cover it shy of Taylor Swift:
Definitely more rock nowadays.
Here’s John Travolta (swoon) and Olivia Newton John:
Calypso, Swing, and Rockabilly. Any other interesting genres of “carol” I should hit?