Looking for a version of 'I'll Be Home For Christmas'?

I'm trying to find a version of 'I'll Be Home For Christmas' recorded by a male vocalist, ideally a tenor. (Don't bother with the 'major' Christmas artists - Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, etc, because I've already checked all of them.)

I'm looking for a gentle, fairly quiet, sad-sounding version. No jazz or blues. Folk or country would be preferable, or very mellow pop. In terms of tone and mood, something similar to the Carpenters version. Unfortunately, John Denver never recorded it, because that would've been perfect.

Listening to samples on amazon.com has turned up nothing so far, but there are so many available that I may have missed some - and if you know any versions by less-popular artists who might not be listed on Amazon, that would be great too.

Thanks for any suggestions!


The Rascal Flatts is too upbeat, and the ones on the list are all wrong for one reason or another. (I know, I'm picky.)

I may end up using this:


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instead, if that gives you some idea of the kind of mood I'm looking for.

2 Answers

  • 10 years ago
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    Take your pick from this list (It includes major Christmas artists, jazz and blues, etc cos it's a direct copy from Wikipedia)

    Recorded by:

    98 Degrees

    Aimee Mann (One More Drifter in the Snow, 2006)

    Al Green

    Aly & AJ (Acoustic Hearts of Winter, 2006)

    Amy Grant

    Andy Williams

    Anne Murray

    Aqua Teen Hunger Force (Have Yourself A Meaty Little Christmas, 2009)

    Art Paul Schlosser Parody: (I'll Be a Gnome for Christmas (Words of Cheese and Other Parrot Trees, 2003)

    B.B. King

    Barbra Streisand

    BarlowGirl (Home for Christmas, 2008)

    The Beach Boys (The Beach Boys' Christmas Album, 1964)

    Bette Midler (Cool Yule)

    Bob Dylan (Christmas in the Heart, 2009)

    Brad Johner

    Brad Paisley

    Brian McKnight

    The Brothers Four Note: 1966 Billboard chart single

    Carl Brutananadilewski

    The Carpenters

    Carrie Underwood with Elvis Presley (Christmas Duets (Elvis Presley album), 2008)

    Connie Francis

    Crystal Lewis Holiday!: "A Collection of Christmas Classics", 2002

    Damien Leith (Where We Land (Limited Special Christmas Edition))

    Dannii Minogue

    Dean Martin ("The Dean Martin Christmas Album", 1966)

    Diane Schuur

    Dolly Parton

    Doris Day (The Doris Day Christmas Album, 14 September 1964)

    Drew Seeley (Disney Channel Holiday, 2007)

    Dwight Yoakam

    Eddie Rabbitt

    Elvis Presley (Elvis' Christmas Album, 1957)

    Fats Domino

    The Forester Sisters

    Frank Sinatra

    Gary Hoey

    Girl in a Coma (A Blackheart Christmas - *Blackheart Records, 2008) *Joan Jett's Record Label

    Glen Campbell

    Glenn Miller Orchestra

    Gloria Estefan

    Hampton String Quartet

    Harry Connick, Jr. (Harry for the Holidays, 2003)

    Jaci Velasquez

    Jackie Gleason

    Jackie Wilson (Merry Christmas From Jackie Wilson, 1963)

    Jeffrey Osborne

    Jennifer Warnes (The Tradition of Christmas, 1991)

    Jessica Simpson (Happy Christmas , 2010)

    Jillian Hall (A Jingle with Jillian, 2007)

    Jimmy Buffett

    Joe Williams

    John Gary (1964)

    Johnny Cash

    Johnny Mathis

    Jordin Sparks (This Christmas Soundtrack, 2007)

    Josh Groban [1]

    Justin Guarini

    Katharine McPhee (Single, 17 November 2009)

    Kelly Clarkson (Concert)

    Kenneth Copeland

    Kokia (Christmas Gift, 2008)

    Lana Cantrell (Vinyl LP VA "Christmastime in Carol and Song", 1968; "Christmas in California" 1968, VA LP and past - at many other VA Christmas albums)

    Leon Redbone

    Linda Ronstadt (A Merry Little Christmas, 2000)

    Lisa Leuschner


    Martina McBride

    Matchbook Romance (A Santa Cause: It's a Punk Rock Christmas)

    Michael Bublé

    Mindy Smith

    Neil Diamond

    The Nylons

    The Oak Ridge Boys

    The Osmonds

    Overboard (Tidings, 2008)

    Pam Tillis

    Pat Boone

    Peabo Bryson and Roberta Flack

    Percy Faith

    Placido Domingo, including a duet with Tony Bennett (Concert: Our Favourite Things: Christmas in Vienna Vienna, 2000)

    The Platters

    Rascal Flatts (Greatest Hits Volume 1 (Bonus Track), 2008)

    Reba McEntire

    Ricky Van Shelton (Ricky Van Shelton Sings Christmas, 1989)

    Ronnie Milsap

    Sara Evans (Hear Something Country - Christmas 2007, 2007)

    Sarah McLachlan

    Slim Whitman

    Smokey Robinson & The Miracles (Christmas with The Miracles, 1963)

    Spyro Gyra

    The Statler Brothers

    Suzy Bogguss

    Take 6 (The Most Wonderful Time of the Year, 2010)

    The Three Tenors

    Tierney Sutton with Erich Kunzel and the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra

    Tift Merritt

    Toby Keith

    Tony Bennett (A Swingin' Christmas, 2008)

    Twisted Sister (A Twisted Christmas, 2006)

    Vanessa L. Williams

    Vince Gill

    Whitney Houston

    Wynonna Judd

  • Anonymous
    10 years ago

    Not sure if this is the version your looking for.. but I would try the Rascal Flatts.


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