Top 10 Heartbreaking Holiday Covers
Elvis Presley, "Blue Christmas"
Written in 1948, "Blue Christmas" was a chart-topper from its inception, with Ernest Tubb's version hitting No. 1 at Christmas 1949. The trimmed-down and reworked version released by Elvis almost a decade later would prove to be the lasting version, however, as it charted in the UK Christmas week upon its release as a single some seven years after the King's version appeared on his Elvis' Christmas Album.
That same year, 1964, The Beach Boys covered Elvis' version on their own Beach Boys' Christmas Album. But even today, Presley's version remains the standard by which all forlorn Christmas tunes are measured.