The Beach Boys' Christmas Album is the seventh studio album by The Beach Boys, released in 1964. A Christmas album, it features five original songs written by Brian Wilson and (with the first three) Mike Love, and the rest of the album consists of covers. The first half of the album consists of up-tempo Christmas-themed rock songs that appealed to younger audiences in 1964, while the second half consisted of more traditional Christmas songs, complete with orchestra. The album was created in response to Phil Spector's A Christmas Gift for You from Philles Records from 1963.
Since its release, this album has gone on to become one of the most successful Christmas albums of all time, and several of its songs have become seasonal staples.
- "Little Saint Nick" (1:59)
- "The Man with All the Toys" (1:32)
- "Santa's Beard" (1:59)
- "Merry Christmas, Baby" (2:22)
- "Christmas Day" (1:35)
- "Frosty the Snowman" (1:54)
- "We Three Kings of Orient Are" (4:03)
- "Blue Christmas" (3:09)
- "Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town" (2:20)
- "White Christmas" (2:29)
- "I'll Be Home for Christmas" (2:44)
- "Auld Lang Syne" (1:19)
- Al Jardine - guitar, backing and lead vocals
- Mike Love - lead vocals
- Brian Wilson - lead vocals, bass, piano, organ
- Carl Wilson - guitar, backing and co-lead vocals
- Dennis Wilson - drums, backing and co-lead vocals
Little Saint Tropes:
- Animate Inanimate Object: "Frosty the Snowman" is about a snowman who comes alive at Christmas night.
- Christmas Songs: This album, released at the height of the band's popularity in 1964, was a huge success, featuring one side of original compositions (including the classic hit "Little Saint Nick") and a side of Christmas standards performed in the style of Brian's idols The Four Freshmen (complete with orchestral arrangements by that group's arranger, Dick Reynolds). Probably the most popular "rock and roll" Christmas album not recorded by Elvis or Phil Spector.
- Concept Album: In the sense that all tracks (except maybe "Auld Lang Syne") are about Christmas. But, of course, "Auld Lang Syne" is typically sang at New Year, making it the fitting album closer.
- Continuity Nod: "Little Saint Nick" is a musically updated version of "Little Deuce Coupe".
- Cover Album: The entire second half of the album consists of traditional Christmas covers, as is "Frosty the Snowman".
- Did I Mention It's Christmas?: Unsurprisingly, all of this album's songs allude to it.
- In the Style of...: The second half of this album is done in the style of The Four Freshmen.
- Mall Santa: "Santa's Beard" is about the singer's little brother meeting one of these. Doubtful that he's the real Santa Claus, once he gets on his lap he pulls his pillow out of his shirt and yanks his beard right off his chin. Having realized that he's not the real deal, he then draws the conclusion that he's "just helping the real Santa Claus".
- New Sound Album: Technically, as it is a Christmas album, with half of the album done in a traditional style.
- One-Man Song: "Little Saint Nick", "The Man with All The Toys" and "Frosty the Snowman".
- Pacifism: "Auld Lang Syne", the classic plea for universal forgiveness and peace is the album closer.
- Santa Claus: "The Man with All the Toys", "Santa's Beard", and "Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town" are about him.
- Step Up to the Microphone: Al Jardine sings lead vocals on "Christmas Day", as well as co-lead vocals on "Auld Lang Syne". The former is the first Beach Boys song ever to feature Jardine on lead vocals.
- Carl and Dennis Wilson each sing co-lead vocals on "Auld Lang Syne", with the latter providing spoken-word vocals on the track.