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This Day in the Yesteryear: BING CROSBY RECORDS “WHITE CHRISTMAS,” BEST-SELLING SINGLE OF ALL TIME (1942)


Bing Crosby Records “White Christmas,” Best-Selling Single of All Time (1942)

Composed by legendary songwriter Irving Berlin, “White Christmas” has been recorded by numerous singers. By far, the best known version is performed by Crosby. However, it is not his 1942 recording that American audiences hear endlessly during Christmastime, but rather the re-recording he made in 1947. The song was further popularized by the film of the same name—starring Crosby—released in 1954. How many copies is Crosby’s “White Christmas” single estimated to have sold worldwide? More… Discuss


“White Christmas” is an Irving Berlin song reminiscing about an old-fashioned Christmas setting. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the version sung by Bing Crosby is the best-selling single of all time, with estimated sales in excess of 50 million copies worldwide.

The original version was No. 1 on the US charts for 11 weeks on it’s original release. However it was also released many times in the years afterwards including a 1947 version and did very well on the charts.

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