It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

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"It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas"
Song
LanguageEnglish
GenreChristmas
Songwriter(s)Meredith Willson

"It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas" is a Christmas song written in 1951 by Meredith Willson. The song was originally titled "It's Beginning to Look Like Christmas". The song has been recorded by many artists, but was a hit for Perry Como and The Fontane Sisters with Mitchell Ayres & His Orchestra on September 18, 1951, and released on RCA Victor as 47-4314 (45 rpm) and 20-4314 (78 rpm). Bing Crosby recorded a version on October 1, 1951, which was also widely played.

Background and writing[edit]

A popular belief in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, holds that Willson wrote the song while staying in Yarmouth's Grand Hotel.[1] The song makes reference to a "tree in the Grand Hotel, one in the park as well..."; the park being Frost Park, directly across the road from the Grand Hotel, which still operates in a newer building on the same site as the old hotel.[2] It also makes mention of the five and ten which was a store operating in Yarmouth at the time.

It is also possible that the "Grand Hotel" Willson mentions in the song was inspired by the Historic Park Inn Hotel in his hometown of Mason City, Iowa. The Park Inn Hotel is the last remaining hotel in the world designed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright, and is situated in downtown Mason City overlooking central park.

In popular culture[edit]

Johnny Mathis recorded the song for his 1986 album Christmas Eve with Johnny Mathis; this version gained popularity after its inclusion in the 1992 film Home Alone 2: Lost in New York. Gradually, Mathis's recording began to receive wide radio airplay, and for the past several[when?] years this version has been a Top 10 Christmas hit.

Michael Bublé version[edit]

"It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas"
Single by Michael Bublé
from the album Christmas
Released24 October 2011 (2011-10-24) (as part of the album)
18 November 2012 (2012-11-18) (as a single)
FormatDigital download
Recorded2011
Genre
Length3:27
LabelReprise
Michael Bublé singles chronology
"Georgia on My Mind"
(2012)
"It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas"
(2011)
"White Christmas"
(2012)

"It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas" is a song by Canadian singer Michael Bublé. The song was first released on October 24, 2011, as the first track of Bublé's Christmas album. However, his cover was released as the album's second single on November 18, 2012, achieving massive success.

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (2011–2019) Peak
position
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[3] 18
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[4] 23
Czech Republic (Singles Digitál Top 100)[5] 8
Denmark (Tracklisten)[6] 7
Europe (European Hot 100 Singles)[7] 16
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[8] 5
France (SNEP)[9] 100
Germany (Official German Charts)[10] 15
Greece International Digital Singles (IFPI)[11] 18
Hungary (Single Top 40)[12] 22
Hungary (Stream Top 40)[13] 2
Ireland (IRMA)[14] 11
Italy (FIMI)[15] 27
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[16] 7
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[17] 5
Norway (VG-lista)[18] 10
Portugal (AFP)[19] 16
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[20] 60
Singapore (RIAS)[21] 23
Slovakia (Rádio Top 100)[22] 75
Slovakia (Singles Digitál Top 100)[23] 6
South Korea International (Gaon)[24] 65
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[25] 45
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[26] 4
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[27] 14
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[28] 7
US Billboard Hot 100[29] 96
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)[30] 2
US Christian Songs (Billboard)[31] 32
US Holiday 100 (Billboard)[32] 10

Certifications and sales[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[33] Platinum 90,000^
Italy (FIMI)[34] Gold 15,000double-dagger
New Zealand (RMNZ)[35] Gold 7,500*
United Kingdom (BPI)[36] Platinum 600,000double-dagger

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

Other notable versions[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Medel, Brian (2011-11-20). "Christmas looks a lot like Yarmouth in classic tune". The Chronicle Herald. Halifax, Nova Scotia. Retrieved 2014-11-07.
  2. ^ Yarmouth, N.S. Landmarks - The Old Grand Hotel, archived from the original on 2010-12-11, retrieved 2014-11-07
  3. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Michael Bublé – It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40. Retrieved January 12, 2019.
  4. ^ "Michael Buble Chart History (Canadian Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved January 12, 2019.
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  7. ^ "Europe Official Top 100". January 1, 2019. Retrieved January 12, 2019.
  8. ^ "Michael Bublé: It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland. Retrieved January 12, 2019.
  9. ^ "Top Singles (téléchargement + streaming)". Syndicat National de l'édition Phonographique. December 28, 2018. Retrieved January 12, 2019.
  10. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Michael Bublé – It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved January 12, 2019.
  11. ^ "Official IFPI Charts – Digital Singles Chart (International) – Week: 52/2018". IFPI Greece. Retrieved January 12, 2019.
  12. ^ "Archívum – Slágerlisták – MAHASZ" (in Hungarian). Single (track) Top 40 lista. Magyar Hanglemezkiadók Szövetsége. Retrieved January 13, 2019.
  13. ^ "Archívum – Slágerlisták – MAHASZ" (in Hungarian). Stream Top 40 slágerlista. Magyar Hanglemezkiadók Szövetsége. Retrieved January 12, 2019.
  14. ^ "Official Irish Singles Chart Top 50". Official Charts Company. Retrieved January 12, 2019.
  15. ^ "Top Singoli – Classifica settimanale WK 52" (in Italian). Federazione Industria Musicale Italiana. Retrieved January 12, 2019.
  16. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Michael Bublé – It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved January 12, 2019.
  17. ^ "NZ Top 40 Singles Chart". Recorded Music NZ. December 31, 2018. Retrieved January 12, 2019.
  18. ^ "VG-lista – Topp 20 Single uke 49, 2018". VG-lista. Retrieved January 13, 2019.
  19. ^ "Portuguesecharts.com – Michael Bublé – It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas". AFP Top 100 Singles. Retrieved January 12, 2019.
  20. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved January 13, 2019.
  21. ^ "Singapore Top 30 Digital Streaming Chart – Week 52" (PDF). Recording Industry Association (Singapore). Archived from the original (PDF) on January 13, 2019.
  22. ^ "ČNS IFPI" (in Slovak). Hitparáda – Radio Top 100 Oficiálna. IFPI Czech Republic. Note: insert 201851 into search. Retrieved January 13, 2019.
  23. ^ "ČNS IFPI" (in Slovak). Hitparáda – Singles Digital Top 100 Oficiálna. IFPI Czech Republic. Note: Select SINGLES DIGITAL - TOP 100 and insert 201851 into search. Retrieved January 13, 2019.
  24. ^ "Gaon Download Chart – Issue date: 2018.12.23 – 2018.12.29". Gaon Music Chart. Retrieved January 13, 2019.
  25. ^ "Spanish Digital Songs Charts". spanishcharts.com. Retrieved January 13, 2019.
  26. ^ "Sverigetopplistan – Sveriges Officiella Topplista". Sverigetopplistan. Retrieved January 13, 2019.
  27. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Michael Bublé – It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved January 13, 2019.
  28. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved January 13, 2019.
  29. ^ "Michael Buble Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved January 13, 2019.
  30. ^ "Michael Buble Chart History (Adult Contemporary)". Billboard. Retrieved January 13, 2019.
  31. ^ "Michael Buble Chart History (Hot Christian Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved January 13, 2019.
  32. ^ "Michael Buble Chart History (Holiday 100)". Billboard. Retrieved January 13, 2019.
  33. ^ "Danish single certifications – Michael Buble – It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas". IFPI Denmark. Retrieved January 16, 2019. Scroll through the page-list below until year 2019 to obtain certification.
  34. ^ "Italian single certifications – Michael Bublé – It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas" (in Italian). Federazione Industria Musicale Italiana. Retrieved January 13, 2019. Select "2016" in the "Anno" drop-down menu. Select "It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas" in the "Filtra" field. Select "Singoli online" under "Sezione".
  35. ^ "New Zealand single certifications – Michael Bublé – It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas". Recorded Music NZ. Retrieved January 13, 2019.
  36. ^ "British single certifications – Michael Buble – It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved January 13, 2019. Select singles in the Format field. Select Platinum in the Certification field. Type It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.