“Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!”, also known as “Let It Snow”, is a song written by lyricist Sammy Cahn and composer Jule Styne in July 1945. It was written in Hollywood, California during a heat wave as Cahn and Styne imagined cooler conditions.
First recorded in 1945 by Vaughn Monroe, it became a popular hit, reaching #1 on the Billboard music chart the following year. Woody Herman’s competing recording, featuring himself on vocals and an iconic trumpet solo by Sonny Berman, peaked at #7 on the Billboard chart.
Other notable recordings:
• 1959 Dean Martin, on his album A Winter Romance. This version has easily become the most well-known and popular adaptation of the song, as well as the holiday number most associated with Martin.
• 1962 Bing Crosby, on his album I Wish You a Merry Christmas. Crosby’s version is also played on the Disney’s Sing Along Songs video: “Very Merry Christmas Songs” released in 1988.
• 2005 Carly Simon, on a CD single. Her version is unusual in being sung from the point of view of the host instead of the guest. It peaked at #6 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart.
• 2012 Rod Stewart, on his album Merry Christmas, Baby. Stewart’s version reached No. 1 on Billboard’s Adult Contemporary chart in December 2012. The song remained in the No. 1 spot for a total of five weeks, tying it for the longest leading rendition of a holiday title in the history of the chart.
• 2013 British female vocalist Kim Wilde recorded a version of the song on her holiday album Wilde Winter Songbook.