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My favorite non-religious Christmas song is Silver Bells. It’s not one you hear frequently. It’s not a popular song for pop singers to cover. But it’s been my favorite since I was very small. To me, it just sums up the atmosphere of Christmas.

Inspired by Salvation Army bellringers, the song was composed by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans. It was first performed by Bob Hope and Marilyn Maxwell in the motion picture The Lemon Drop Kid, filmed in July 1950. The first recorded version was by Bing Crosby and Carol Richards, released in October 1950.

Silver Bells

City sidewalks, busy sidewalks
Dressed in holiday style
In the air there’s a feeling
Of Christmas
Children laughing, people passing
Meeting smile after smile
And on every street corner you’ll hear

Silver bells
Silver bells
It’s Christmas time in the city
Ring-a-ling
Hear them ring
Soon it will be Christmas Day

Strings of streetlights, even stoplights
Blink of bright red and green
As the shoppers rush home with their treasures
Hear the snow crunch
See the kids bunch
This is Santa’s big scene
And above all the bustle you’ll hear

Silver bells
Silver bells
It’s Christmas time in the city
Ring-a-ling, hear them ring
Soon it will be Christmas Day
Soon it will be Christmas Day

Original: Bob Hope and Marilyn Maxwell in the motion picture “The Lemon Drop Kid” (1950)
[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uoekfgmbe-o]

Bing Crosby & Carol Richards

Stevie Wonder

Rockapella

CeCe Winans

Meaghan Smith

Bright Eyes

Heritage Hall Jazz Band

Glenn Miller Orchestra

T-Pain’s Parody “Silver Bells in the Projects”

Disco Version

David Seville and The Chipmunks

Kenny G

If you find any other versions of it, particularly more upbeat ones, let me know!

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