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Retro Christmas – A Christmas Music Compilation

Written by Christopher Alm • November 9th, 2007
Retro Christmas – A Christmas Music Compilation

Since Yuletide is almost upon us, I thought it would be a great idea to share a special Retro Christmas compilation with you fine folks. The compilation features 25 songs, one for each day until Christmas day.

The theme is as the title of the compilation suggests, holiday related songs from the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. You will most likely recognize most of the titles – but you have probably not have heard them played like this before. Happy holidays from Ultra Swank!

Review of Retro Christmas at A Christmas Yuleblog


01. Jack Jones – Sleigh Ride
02. Esquivel – Frosty The Snowman
03. The Hollyridge Strings – Santa’s Got A Brand New Bag
04. John Barry – Do You Know How Christmas Trees Are Grown
05. Dean Martin – Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer
06. Henry Mancini – Winter Wonderland – Silver Bells
07. Eddie Dunstedter – I saw mommy kissing Santa Claus
08. John Klein – Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town
09. Esquivel – Sun Valley Ski Run
10. The Hollyridge Strings – Santa Claus is coming to Town
11. Henry Mancini – White Christma
12. Burt Bacharach – The Bell That Couldn’t Jingle
13. Esquivel – Here Comes Santa Claus
14. The Hollyridge Strings – Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas
15. Henry Mancini – Frosty The Snow Man
16. Al Caiola & Riz Ortolani – Holiday On Skis
17. Ferrante & Teicher and Les Baxter – Sleigh Ride
18. Esquivel – Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town
19. Dean Martin – White Christmas
20. The Metro Strings – Christmas
21. Henry Mancini – The Christmas Song
22. John Klein – Winter Wonderland
23. Fred Waring & His Pennsylvanians – Ring Those Christmas Bells
24. Julie London – I’d Like You For Christmas
25. Stan Kenton – What Is A Santa Claus

Listen to the compilation:


Christopher Alm

Christopher founded Ultra Swank in 2005. Has a crush on mid-century graphic design, defunct airlines, Disneyland and the Century 21 Exposition. Is a collector of easy listening music from the 60s and 70s and a Swedish expat living in Barcelona, Spain.

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  • CaptainOT

    Thanks for sharing this incredible compilation of Christmas music with us Chris!



  • Chris

    Cheers captainot!

  • Peoplemover

    Just what I was waiting for!

    Thanks so much – can hardly wait to hear it!

    Your site rocks!

  • Apple

    Chris! Det här är plattan jag gått och väntat på. Tack ska du ha, den är bara så… så….. så julig och samtidigt inte fast ändå….äääääh du vet vad jag menar. LiHBG

  • mrdantefontana

    Jo tack! Det här är vad jag kallar julmusik! Crème de la Crème!
    Snyggt jobbat.

  • Chris

    Thank you for your kind comments! That is what keeps me going. Keep and eye open for more compilations next year!

  • Anonymous

    Hi! This is awesome…but do I need a password? I can’t seem to get it to open. Thanks for your help…and for a GREAT blog site!


  • Chris

    No, you do not need a password for the file. Just save it and extract it.

  • Cineaste

    Fantastic! Thanks for the incredible share!

  • Charles and Anne

    I love your site and the music is insanely wonderful.

  • Chris

    Thank you for your comments, glad you enjoyed my Christmas compilation!

  • CaptainOT


    I posted a review of this superb comp at my yuleblog earlier today.

    Any chance you can repost the link?



  • stubbysfears

    Thanks for the re-post, Chris!

  • Rob

    Any chance of another repost????

  • Chris

    Sorry, probably not until next Christmas. Do not want this compilation to be worn out just yet ;-)

  • Anonymous

    Is it getting close enough to Xmas to repost this marvellous compilation yet ?
    The stores are filling up and I am making my Xmas cards…please ?

  • Maryse

    It looks like a very nice Christmas compilation.
    Remind me of the Ultra-Lounge Xmas Cocktail.
    Those compilations are my favorite for christmas…
    Also Charlie Brown and Brook Benton with “This time of the year”.

    I know this is an early request.
    But would you consider to reupload it for this year?
    I’m intrigued…
    Thanks in advance:)

  • Anonymous

    Chris, I want to say that I count myself lucky to have found your site the other day.

    Your compilations are really good, and I now – with almost childlike anticipation – join the ranks of those hoping for a seasonal re-upload of the christmas compilation.


  • Anonymous

    it’s less than 2 months til Christmas now…any chance of a re-post?
    and Thanks for all the great music

  • MenuMate

    I’m with Linda, any chance of a repost or update on the link??? PLEASE…..

  • k

    i love it. it’s the perfect companion to the hectic holiday season. thanks for posting it. :)

  • janepeepshow

    & i shall download this later…not now though, it’s really late.

  • MenuMate

    Hooray. You are a champ!

    Thanks, this will kick my Christmas season of with a bang this year..

  • un mec bien

    Hi Chris!

    I have some awesome content for you to display on here, but how can i contact you?

    Please send me an email : novastarbuzz (at) hotmail (dot) com

    and thank you for all that amazing sound and stuff!!

    guillaume from belgium

  • cinebeats

    I will be enjoying this wonderful share over the holidays. Cheers!

  • bish8

    Hey, Chris —

    I just discovered your blog. Very cool stuff (I was especially pleased to see you also have an affection for The Man From U.N.C.L.E.).

    Since you’re heavily into lounge music, you should check out the Internet radio station martiniinthemorning.com/

    You can also check out my blog at http://www.myspace.com/bish8



  • LoungeTracks

    Was tipped off to your comp recently and digging it sincerely, many thanks, Ultra. Soo, had to share this one with you & your viewers as yes, it’s in a very similar seasonal vein, complete with homemade artwork too.
    Light Refreshment For Your Holidays!

    01 – Burl Ives – Holly Jolly Christmas (TV Version)
    02 – Andy Williams – It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year
    03 – Jack Jones – My Favorite Things
    04 – The Three Suns – I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
    05 – Capitol Studio Orchestra – Cha-Cha All The Way
    06 – Claudine Longet – I Don’t Intend To Spend Christmas Without You
    07 – Burt Bacharach – The Bell That Couldn’t Jingle
    08 – The Singers Unlimited – Snowfall
    09 – Frank Sinatra – Mistletoe And Holly
    10 – Dean Martin – Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow (Alternate Version)
    11 – Sammy Davis Jr. – Jingle Bells
    12 – Ferrante & Teicher – Sleigh Ride
    13 – The Flirtations – Christmas Time Is Here Again
    14 – Bing Crosby – The White World Of Winter
    15 – Al Caiola – Holiday On Skis
    16 – Henry Mancini – Frosty & Rudolph Medley
    17 – Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass – Jingle Bell Rock
    18 – The Swingle Singers – Christmas Medley
    19 – Jimmy Smith – White Christmas
    20 – Joe ‘Mr. Piano’ Henderson – Swingin’ Sleigh Ride
    21 – Vince Guaraldi Trio – Skating
    22 – The Johnny Mann Singers – Deck The Halls
    23 – Kay Starr – (Everybody’s Waitin’ For) The Man With The Bag
    24 – Martin Denny – (Silent) Exotic Night
    25 – Arthur Lyman – Winter Wonderland
    26 – The Mexicali Brass – Joy To The World
    27 – Ray Conniff Singers – Here We Come A-Caroling
    28 – The Soulful Strings – Little Drummer Boy
    29 – Tijuana Voices With Brass – What Child Is This?
    30 – Tony Bennett – I Love The Winter
    31 – Ray Anthony – Christmas Trumpets – We Wish You A Merry Christmas Medley
    32 – Stan Francis – Jingle, Jingle, Jingle (TV Version)

    We loungers gotta drink, er… stick together!
    Lounge On Ultra Swank!
    ps. Hi CineBeats! Been awhile, have a safe n’ happy to you & yours!

  • Charles

    I’m glad to see this back!! Thanks Chris.

  • Anonymous

    Since the spring of 2006, I have been checking this site hoping to find the active link to download. Please, please, please?!

  • Danny Heller

    Hey, great blog! I love all the retro culture you’ve been spotlighting. I myself am a huge fan of the retro aesthetic. I am a painter living in Southern California and I’ve been focusing my work on retro suburbs. I’ve even managed to paint a few Eichlers. To view my work, go to http://www.dannyhellerart.com. Thanks for posting all the great musings and keep it up!

  • david

    WOW WOW WOW! Just found your blog – it is totally hip and retro and groovy!

    And thanks for sharing the ultra-cool tunes!

  • Comte

    Superb blog and wonderfull choice of music!
    I’m a big fan!

  • Lilly

    Hello Chris,
    I was born in 1953, but I feel like I was born just a little too late. I am also attracted to mid-century style and ambiance. How I wish I could have been a housewife, ready with a martini for my hard-working husband, rather than the harried, working mom I turned out to be. Thank you so much for your blog, and the gift of this music.

  • *~{;-)

    Season’s Greetings to you Chris, and thank you very much for offering Retro Christmas to us! Love your videos, too! BorderlineNOS

  • Warren

    Chris – Thanks for the fantastic compilation. I’m curious whether you did some special audio processing on it, because it sounds really good — far better than most of the mp3 recordings I have from that era. I’d love to know your secret / encoder / enhancer, etc.

    Great selection of tracks! I hope you do this again. Thanks,

  • Chris

    Warren, no secret hehe. I use good source material, and if not’s up to my standards I usually clean up the tracks manually. I.e.removing hiss, hum and what not. But I don’t think I did that to any of the tracks on this compilation, I usually just do that on really old songs like the ones found on my ‘Retro Shopping’ series.

  • Anonymous

    Thank you for the post!

  • javier


  • Anonymous

    Please repost?

  • Michael C

    I have to thank you SOOOOOOOO much for this. I am listening right now and while I am only 34, this is the Christmas music I grew up with. I can vividly remember my dad putting on the Henry Mancini album every year.

    Thanks again and I am already addicted to your way cool blog!!!

  • Super Kawaii Mama

    Oh you are my perfect secret santa bringing me this delightful christmas gift. Promptly downloaded and to be played in my 1950’s styled lounge, martini in hand. xxx

  • Chris

    Thank you! I wish I had a 1950s styled lounge to enjoy my music in, I am jealous! :)

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  • Thank You Very Much, Chris.

  • The DL link seems to have broken in the last year. :-(

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