'Santa Claus is Coming to Town' Chords

Christmas Songs on Guitar

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Typically, Christmas songs grow in popularity slowly over decades, or in some cases centuries. Not so with "Santa Claus is Coming to Town" - when the song was first performed on Eddie Cantor's radio show in 1934, over 30,000 records were sold in the following 24 hours.

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"Santa Claus is Coming to Town" Lyrics

"Santa Claus is Coming to Town" Guitar Chords

Chords to Bruce Springsteen Version

Performance Tips

"Santa Claus is Coming to Town" should be an easy carol for most guitarists to play. To strum the song, simply strum four times per bar, all downstrokes. Nothing fancy, just a straight, basic strum. The chords are straightforward too - just a couple of seventh chords you may not know - D7, G7 and A7.

The Bruce Springsteen version of the Christmas song is radically different, but not really any harder to play. Bruce plays the song in the key of C, which means you'll need to be able to play an F major chord. In the original recording, the piano really plays the chords, but you can reproduce this by strumming eight times per bar (eighth note strums), using all downstrokes.


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A History of 'Santa Claus is Coming to Town'

"Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town" was written by songwriting partners John Frederick Coots and Haven Gillespie in 1934. The duo presented their composition to Eddie Cantor for use on his radio show, which became an instant hit on upon it's initial performance in November 1934. The success prompted many recordings by many different artists, and even spawned a one-hour animated TV special narrated by Fred Astaire.