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Santa Claus Is Back in Town

4.7 / 5

Words & Music: Jerry Leiber Mike Stoller

Well, it's Christmas time pretty baby
And the snow is falling on the ground
Well, it's Christmas time pretty baby
And the snow is falling down
Well you be a real good little girl
Santa Claus is back in town
Got no sleigh with reindeer
No sack on my back
You're gonna see me comin' in a big black caddilac
Oh, it's Christmas time pretty baby
And the snow is falling on the ground
Well you be a real good little baby
Santa Claus is back in town

Hang up your pretty stockings
And turn off the light
Santa Claus is comin' down your chimney tonight
Oh, it's Christmas time pretty baby
And the snow is falling on the ground
Well you be a real good little baby
Santa Claus is back in town

Recordingdate: 1957/09/07, first released on: Elvis' Christmas Album (album)


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old shep wrote on April 20, 2008
One of the many classic tracks from Elvis' Christmas Album, one that I never get tired of hearing
My boy, my boy wrote on May 16, 2008
I'm sure even Santa Claus himself likes that one...
Steve V wrote on May 16, 2008
The best rock n roll Christmas song of all time, hands down. Leiber & Stoller & Elvis. A combination that never failed to deliver. I wish this one got played as much as Blue Christmas.
secondrichard wrote on May 16, 2008
THE Ultimate Rock'n Roll Christmas Song. Love the original (my wife HATES it) and love the 1968 Special version. The TTWII rehearsel version is too soft, not rock 'n roll enough.
JerryNodak wrote on May 16, 2008
I like thiso one, but "Here Comes Santa Claus" is more to my taste. I'm pretty traditional when it comes to Christmas songs.
bluesboy wrote on May 16, 2008
Elvis proves to be a superb bluessinger here. I wish he would have done more things like this. The only stain on this otherwise immaculate recording is the irritating backing vocal by the Jordonaires.
Natha wrote on May 19, 2008
I have nothing with Christmas and Christmas songs, but this one rocks! This should be on the regular Christmas song list. I would tune in on a program!
Mark S. wrote on May 11, 2009
"Santa Claus is comin' down your chimney tonight" yeah REAL Christmassy! ;-) Without a doubt the raunchiest carol ever recorded. Love it!
Jim Hoff wrote on May 11, 2009
This is just another great kapow-song from the Elvis & Leiber/Stoller hit factory. I don't agree though, that Leiber/Stoller and Elvis always delivered dynamite songs. Anyone remember Three Corn Patches? I try not to!
derekd wrote on May 11, 2009
Elvis and Christmas. I get up, have a great 'Ulster Fry' for breakfast, wait for my son, daughter-in-law & grandson to arrive. Then we all sit around our 'real' Christmas tree and open our presents, with an Elvis Christmas Cd playing in the back ground. One of the tracks has to be 'Santa Claus is back in Town'. It's only May but I'm looking forward to yet another Christmas with my family & Elvis.
burninglove92 wrote on December 18, 2009
An untraditional christmas song with a rocking king. love this song one of my fav elvis xmas song. rock on!
Deano1 wrote on October 27, 2010
The "Jailhouse Rock" of Christmas songs. Elvis, the rocker, never sounded better than he does on this one. If you don't give this one 5 stars, then I would dare say you don't understand or appreciate, Elvis, The King Of Rock N' Roll".
GEORGE (GK) wrote on February 11, 2012
Great Bluesy Rock and soul song/performance from the first Christmas album. One of my favorites, along with "Santa, bring my baby back to me". I know its not Traditional Christmas music, but its fun !!!
FM wrote on February 11, 2012
This was an instant classic even before it was put on record, after that It's the BEST Christmas record of all and any time.
freedom101 wrote on February 12, 2012
An instant classic from the best-selling Christmas album of all-time, sorry Mannheim Steamroller.
freedom101 wrote on April 15, 2012
Simply the greatest Christmas Rock/Pop song of all-time! An instant classic.
TCB1974 wrote on April 15, 2012
Absolutely five star song. Not only his best Christmas recording, but I dare to say amongst the 20 finest recordings of his entire career.
Gorse wrote on February 19, 2013
An absolutely outstanding and stunning track, and not only is it easily the best Christmas song he ever recorded, it vies for consideration as one of the best 50's tracks he ever recorded.
FM wrote on February 19, 2013
This is the BEST Christmas song EVER, I give this 100 stars
Great Dane wrote on February 19, 2013
Great song, great album. 5 stars.
ElvisSacramento wrote on February 20, 2013
This is such a spectacular, electrifying, groovy, unique, catchy, fun and stunning track and Elvis easily has the very best rendition of it. It's a true masterpiece of a record for sure. It's one of 24 songs that Elvis recorded that was written by the brilliant and iconic songwriting duo Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller.
sugartummy wrote on April 28, 2013
Imagine putting on the Christmas album and not expecting this. Must be a shocker. How can you rock so hard without guitars? Simple when you have Elvis, DJ & Dudley Brooks. Elvis came up short one song for the Christmas album, so Leiber/Stoller wrote it on the spot, naming it Christmas blues. It took Elvis seven takes to record. Then it was renamed into SCIBIT. My favourite Christmas song off all time.
cookingfat wrote on September 14, 2013
Love the Christmas album brings back a thousand childhood memories.This song is and Elvis' performance are outstanding. Christmas isn't all that far away, so I look forward to more plays on the radio and my old vinyl.
Deke Rivers 6 wrote on September 14, 2013
Doesn't get any better than this. This his 1st Christmas LP was his very best. His version of White Christmas is second to none. 5 Stars +
kink56 wrote on September 14, 2013
I remember hearing this song for the first time in 1969 when my mom bought me this Christmas Album. I was expecting movie soundtrack type performances. And when the "Christmas, Christmas, Christmas" opening started, I thought my fears were justified. But them BLAM, the drums kicked in and then came Elvis' rockin', bluesy voice and I was BLOWN AWAY!! I LOVE the '57 Christmas Album, and this song is the best Christmas song ever recorded.
shoesuedeblues wrote on June 13, 2015
Years come and go but I never tire of playing Elvis Christmas songs, especially from this album.Great song and performance-magical!
Cruiser621 wrote on March 17, 2017
One hell of a way to start a Christmas album and it's Elvis, no ifs, ands or butts as this is the one and it can never be mistaken for anyone else but Elvis. I enjoy ever song on his 1957 Christmas Album; my favorite "I'll be home for Christmas" and of course the all-time Elvis hit "Blue Christmas". Wish side 2 would have had better songs.
atomic powered poste wrote on August 31, 2018
Sexy, funny, energetic, vibrant ..... oh what a great track this is. 5 stars.
DerekH wrote on April 25, 2020
Just one of the great tracks on the Elvis Christmas Album, it may have been 1962 but this was my first Elvis LP. 😇😇🎄🎄
bajo wrote on April 26, 2020
Along with Blue Christmas it's one of the best tracks on the album. And not least one of his greatest rock'n roll songs too. Elvis in the 50's could do no wrong imo!
Miknik7077 wrote on July 21, 2020
Elvis at his best rocking self. I dont think Christmas when I hear this song. I just think Elvis going against the grain and doing Christmas his own way.
Stevekimb1 wrote on December 02, 2020
Elvis’ greatest Christmas rocker. Gritty and sensuous. Playful and naughty. It is a defining song in the canon.
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