I created a thread a few years back about the definitive versions of famous Christmas songs, and this takes that to the extreme. Are there any songs with only one *significant *version? If someone obscure make a recording in their basement and put it Youtube it wouldn’t count, but anything released by a recognized label would.
It’s bewildering how many otherwise legitimate musicians make Christmas albums every year. Because of this, I’d say the vast majority of Christmas songs have no covers. Ryan Adams has a Christmas song, did anybody know that? I doubt anyone has covered it. Nick Lowe, NRBQ, Bob Dylan, Old 97s, and thousands more musicians I could name off the top of my head but won’t, have released Christmas albums. If any of their Christmas songs aren’t covers already, they’re probably one-offs nobody else has covered. There are only a few rare “Little Saint Nicks” and “Grandma got run over by a reindeers” that have been added to the canon since the 1950s.