Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)

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"Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)"
Song by Darlene Love
from the album A Christmas Gift for You from Phil Spector
ReleasedNovember 22, 1963
GenreChristmas, R&B
Length2:49
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Phil Spector

"Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)" is a rock song originally sung by Darlene Love and included on the 1963 seasonal compilation album, A Christmas Gift for You from Phil Spector. The song was written by Ellie Greenwich, Jeff Barry and Phil Spector.

Upon release, the song did not find commercial success but in later years, it has gone on to become a Christmas standard. It charted for the first time on the Billboard Hot 100 in 2018 and has since peaked at number 16. It has also peaked at number seven on the Holiday 100 chart. The song has also been covered many times; most notably by Mariah Carey, Michael Bublé and U2.

Background and release

Love was given a demo of the song over the phone and went on to record the song.[1] The song was released as a single in 1963.[2] and in 1964 (Philles X-125).[3] Upon release, the song was not a huge success but it has gone on to become a Christmas standard.[4]

In 1963, Phil Spector the producer found that the song was strong enough to warrant a non-seasonal version and wrote a version "Johnny (Baby Please Come Home)" which Love also performed.[4] This version was released to the public in 1976 as the final track on the Spector compilation album, Rare Masters Vol. 2.[4]

Chart performance

Despite not charting on release, the song has since found commercial success in later years. The song charted on the Billboard Holiday 100 chart at number 99 on the week ending December 13, 2014,[5] reaching a peak position of number seven, seven years later (on the week ending December 4, 2021).[6] On the week ending December 29, 2018, the track entered the main Billboard Hot 100 chart for the first time at number 50,[7] and attained an all-time peak position of number 17 on the week ending December 11, 2021 (upon its third chart re-entry).[8] On the official UK Singles Chart, "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)" made its first appearance on the week of 5 January 2017 at number 74. It entered the same chart again one year later at number 77, and again on the week of 20 December 2018 at number 80, eventually reaching the number 22 two weeks later. It then made its overall chart peak of 16 during the week of January 1, 2022.[9]

Live performances

Beginning in 1986 and continuing for 29 years, Darlene Love performed the song annually on the final new episode before Christmas of Late Night with David Letterman (NBC, 1986–92) and Late Show with David Letterman (CBS, 1993–2014), 28 times in all. The exception was in 2007, when Love was unable to perform due to the Writers' Strike and a repeat of her 2006 performance was shown instead.[10] She performed the song with Paul Shaffer and the show's house band (The World's Most Dangerous Band at NBC, the CBS Orchestra at CBS).[11] Love also performed the song on December 24, 2013 in front of traders at the New York Stock Exchange as the market closed for the day. Beginning in 2015, the tradition of Love's annual performance of the song moved to The View (ABC, 2015–present), where it has continued during its last edition before Christmas in the years since.[12]

Legacy

In December 2010, Rolling Stone magazine ranked "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)" first on its list of The Greatest Rock and Roll Christmas Songs, noting that "nobody can match Love's emotion and sheer vocal power."[13] The song has also been used in several movies.[14]

Cover versions

American singer Mariah Carey covered the song in 1994; Love has praised Carey's version

"Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)" was not widely recognized after its initial release but has gone on to be covered many times by different artists over the years. One of the earliest cover version was by The Quiet Jungle, for the 1968 album The Story Of Snoopy's Christmas.[15]

The song was covered by Irish rock band U2 in 1987 during a sound check in Glasgow, Scotland during their Joshua Tree Tour.[16] It was officially released on the compilation A Very Special Christmas the same year and on the album Unreleased & Rare in the digital box setThe Complete U2 in 2004.[17]

In 1994, Mariah Carey recorded a version and included it on her album Merry Christmas.[18] Carey's version reached number 59 on Billboard's Hot Digital Songs chart in 2011 and number 20 on the US Holiday 100; the latter being the second highest position for the song on the chart after the original.[19] She first performed her version in 2008 at The GRAMMY Nominations Concert Live.[20] The song was also added to her setlist for her All I Want for Christmas Is You: A Night of Joy and Festivity concert residency.[21] In 2021, Carey covered the song again for her Christmas special, Mariah's Christmas: The Magic Continues.[22]

In 2011, Michael Bublé covered the song for his album, Christmas.[23] In 2021, he performed the song live with Hannah Waddingham on his Christmas in the City NBC special celebrating the 10th anniversary of his Christmas album.[24]

In 2021 Keke Palmer and the cast of Sing 2 also covered the song for a 2021 Christmas commercial from Comcast's Xfinity and as a bonus track from the original motion picture soundtrack of the same name.[25] Palmer and Tori Kelly performed the song live on The Voice season 21 finale with the top 13 acts.[26] The song has also been covered by Cher,[27] Foo Fighters,[28] Joey Ramone,[29] Jon Bon Jovi,[30] Jonathan Jackson,[31] Idina Menzel,[32] Little Mix,[33] and Noah Cyrus.[34]

Love herself has noted that her two favourite covers of the song are Mariah Carey's, because "her's is so much like the original [...] with her great voice", and U2's, "because it doesn't sound like "Christmas (Baby)" and they had all three background vocals on it".[35]

Charts

Certifications and sales

Darlene Love version

Region Certification Certified units/sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[81]
Digital sales since 2011
Platinum 600,000double-dagger

double-dagger Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.

Mariah Carey version

Region Certification Certified units/sales
United States (RIAA)[82] Gold 500,000double-dagger

double-dagger Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.

Michael Bublé version

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Italy (FIMI)[83] Gold 35,000double-dagger

double-dagger Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.

Personnel

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