4. Darlene Love, “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)”
On the same album as “Frosty,” Darlene Love’s “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” earned its classic status the hard way. Love, another Spector-produced singer, has since enjoyed a career on Broadway. But it’s this song that has endured, where a girl pines for her far-away beloved to make it home before the holiday season is over. Love began appearing on “Late Night with David Letterman” to perform the song at Christmas time in 1986, a tradition that held until last year’s writers’ strike. The song has taken on added relevance in recent years with many families of servicemen and women separated over the holidays by wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. You’ll have chills running down your spine by the time the final verses blast through your speakers, I guarantee it.