What's your favorite rendition of "Baby It's Cold Outside"?

Went into Starbucks yesterday and got myself a beverage and a CD. The CD was a holiday compilation that started out with that old wintertime chestnut, “Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” this version sung by Willie Nelson and Norah Jones. Promising pairing, I thought to myself, and it wasn’t bad, but not my favorite version – that honor goes to the Leon Redbone/Zooey Deschanel version on the Elf soundtrack.

My brother, on the other hand, prefers a version Louis Armstrong did with some lady whose name I forget – a version that in my opinion takes way too many liberties with the lyrics and generally replaces smooth seduction with gravelly goofiness.

I know there are a lot of versions of this song out there – why not share your favorite? Post a link if you can.

I actually can’t stand that version at all. I prefer this one from the movie. I like Zooey well enough, but I prefer Will Ferrel’s voice with hers.

I think my favorite would have to be Nick Lachey and Jessica Simpson’s, although I don’t really like her voice in it. It’s ok, but a bit too breathy in the beginning. I have yet to find my perfect version. Maybe if Jason Mraz did it with Zooey Deschanel?

I liked the original (?) version from Neptune’s Daughter (1949).

The version Brian Setzer did with Ann Margaret is pretty good. Hear a brief extract here: http://www.amazon.com/Baby-Cold-Outside-Duet-Ann-Margaret/dp/B000RG8VBM.

Just to add a few links:
From Neptune’s Daughter from where it won the oscar.
And this is where I think I first heard the song…not the best performed version, but 70s TV was strange.

Turns out the lady was Velma Middleton. Here’s a link.

Satchmo and Velma’s craptastic version

Listening to it again, I remembered that almost as much as the blown lyrics and goofy ad-libbing, I also hate how SLOOOOOOOWWWWW they sing it. Tortoise tempo.

Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme, hands down. I grew up on Steve and Eydie and still love them.

I haven’t heard all those versions, but I can’t imagine anything topping the Dean Martin version. I don’t know who is doing the chick part, but she’s really good too.

Dinah Shore and Buddy Clark. That gal could put a sexy lilt into anything, let me tell you.

I don’t have a particular favorite, just a least favorite which is Zooey Deschanel & Leon Redbone. I can’t stand her voice.

Rudolph Nureyev and Miss Piggy

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Li-m1T81xGw

My favourite: Tom Jones and Cerys Matthews.

I like the version done by Vanessa Williams and Bobby Caldwell.

Nobody’s mentioned Blossom Dearie’s? I don’t know who the male vocalist is/was in her version, but it’s my definite favourite.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baby,_It’s_Cold_Outside

Liz Phair and Wheat? That might be interesting.

OOh, seconded. Just the right amount of lech and innocence.

I’m fond of the rendition by Margaret Whiting & Johnny Mercer – two fine singers. I’d love to hear the whole song by Esther Williams and Ricardo Montalban. Anyone have a link?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_hEJQbEYjRg

Selma Blair and Rainn Wilson! Excellent!

The version I grew up on is the Bette Midler & James Caan version from the movie For the Boys. (Fifteen second snippet.) My mom had the soundtrack cassette in the car, and I probably heard that song hundreds of times.

I came in to post this one. It’s definitely my favorite.