20 Different Versions of Jingle Bells

“Jingle Bells” is one ofthe most widely sung tunes in the world, although its lyrics vary from country to country. It was written by one-hit-wonder James Lord Pierpont (for Thanksgiving) in remembrance of the sleigh races in his hometown of Medford, Massachusetts. He published it as “One Horse Open Sleigh” in 1857 during a decidedly unsnowy fall in Georgia! It became a perennial classic, as evidenced by the fact that:

  1. It was one of the first songs ever recorded for the newly invented Edison Gramophone in 1889 (no copies exist today).
  2. In December, 1965, it became the first song ever played from space during the Gemini 6 mission.
  3. Its popularity may have inspired the modern use of the term “jingle” to describe a catchy, commercial melody.

Here’s a delightful rendering of 20 Different Versions of Jingle Bells, performed by the relentlessly clever pianist and singer Tony DeSare. Enjoy!

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36 Responses to 20 Different Versions of Jingle Bells

  1. Athira says:

    Woww..that’s awesome.. Jingles on the way.๐Ÿ˜Š

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  2. I was surprised to read that anyone was familiar with the fact we don’t sing the original Jingle Bells. The original version is still known down south. It goes:

    “Dashing through the sand,[ (fields) depending on what part of the south you’re in,] through oaks and Spanish moss.”

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  3. That was brilliant. โ™ฅ๏ธ

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  4. Bruce Cooper says:

    A blessed Christmas to you and yours, Mitch!

    Liked by 2 people

  5. He is really good! ๐ŸŽถ ๐Ÿ””

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  6. Discover and Explore says:

    Cool info. Thanks

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  7. Genius bit. Very talented pianist.

    Liked by 4 people

  8. What fun! Thanks for sharing, Mitch. Have a dashing Christmas ๐Ÿ™‚

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  9. Wow, that was so clever, and what a mimic!!

    Liked by 5 people

  10. Wow, he is very talented. I really enjoyed it ๐Ÿ™‚ Merry Christmas, Maggie

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  11. Lesley says:

    The Bob Dylan version was hilarious and the Radiohead one was rather beautiful. ๐Ÿ™‚
    I loved it!

    Liked by 3 people

  12. Thotaramani says:

    Best ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป Ever and like Mitch

    Liked by 2 people

  13. An Audience of One says:

    Heโ€™s incredible!

    Liked by 3 people

  14. Reaseaorg says:

    He is so talented. Before this I hadnโ€™t listened to one version of jingle bells yet this year โ€ฆ

    Liked by 1 person

  15. Bravo! This was amazing, Mitch. Bouncing in my seat, clapping my hands, and wishing for more. Merry Christmas to you and yours!

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  16. lynn__ says:

    Now THAT was FUN!!!

    Liked by 1 person

  17. Your temperatures are crazy. I was bowled over by our seven degrees this morning and the greeting of frost INSIDE the window. Beautiful pix. Merry Cmas, Mitch.

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  18. Anonymous says:

    SO FUN!!! Played it for our kids (here from Idaho) and we all loved it! Thank you, Mitch, and Merry Christmas to you and your family! ๐ŸŽ„โฃ๏ธ

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