There are those novelties that we once heard only on Dr. Demento or once a year. Now thanks to radio's obsession with "wall-to-wall" Christmas music (to mask mass layoffs by the corporate radio outlets), these songs get beat to death. Yes, I am thinking of both "I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas" and "Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer."
I have come to the conclusion that "Sleigh Ride" is a perfect song that you can not ruin, especially if you do it as an instrumental. Let me give you my nominations for the top five versions of "Sleigh Ride."
- Arthur Fiddler & the Boston Pops with Leroy Anderson (The Original)
- The Ventures ("Walk Don't Run" style)
- Herb Alpert & The Tiajuana Brass
- Al Caiola
- Lex Baxter with Ferrante & Teichner