White Christmas (song)

original Christmas song written and composed by Irving Berlin for the 1942 musical film "Holiday Inn", sung by Bing Crosby

"White Christmas" is a popular song about an old-fashioned Christmas setting. It mixes sadness and comforts of home. The version sung by Bing Crosby is said to be the world's best-selling single.[1]

The song has been covered and performed by artists including Jo Stafford, Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald and Bette Midler. It has sold over 150 million copies.

The original version was released in 1942.

Irving Berlin's opening verse is often dropped in many recordings. However, the opening verse is included on Barbra Streisand, Darlene Love and The Carpenters' Christmas studio albums.


  1. "Christmas Comes Early with Irving Berlin's 'White Christmas'". Peoria Journal Star. Retrieved July 7, 2017.