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Kelly Clarkson's Smooth, Sultry Cover of "Blue Christmas" Would Make Elvis Proud

Clarkson put her own spin on the classic Christmas tune on The Kelly Clarkson Show.

By Jackie Manno

Kelly Clarkson has done The King justice yet again, just in time for the holidays. 

How to Watch

Check your local listings for The Kelly Clarkson Show.

On December 15, Clarkson performed the classic Christmas tune "Blue Christmas," made famous by Elvis Presley, on her talk show. During her cover, she crooned in a rich, blues-y tone while twangy guitars played behind her. Watch, above. 

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What to know about "Blue Christmas" by Elvis Presley

"Blue Christmas" was originally recorded by singer Doye O'Dell in 1948. However, it was Presley's 1957 version of the tune, off his best-selling LP Elvis' Christmas Album, that made "Blue Christmas" into the classic holiday tune it is today. 

In 2011, Rolling Stone listed "Blue Christmas" as the seventh best Christmas song of all time, particularly noting Presley's performance of the song during his iconic 1968 comeback special on NBC. 

The song remains one of the most beloved Christmas tunes to this day. In 2022, Garden & Gun named "Blue Christmas" as a standout track on Elvis' Christmas Album.

"Elvis injects a heightened version of his signature breathy drawl into lyrics about unrequited love," the outlet wrote about the song.

"Blue Christmas" has since been covered by Terry Fator, Kodi Lee, Martina McBride, Bruce Springsteen, The Beach Boys, Michael Buble, Lady A, and more. 

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Kelly Clarkson Elvis Presley Cover

"Blue Christmas" by Elvis Presley lyrics

I'll have a blue Christmas without you
I'll be so blue just thinking about you
Decorations of red on a green Christmas tree
Won't be the same, dear, if you're not here with me

And when those blue snowflakes start fallin'
That's when those blue memories start callin'
You'll be doin' all right with your Christmas of white
But I'll have a blue, blue, blue, blue Christmas

You'll be doin' all right with your Christmas of white
But I'll have a blue, blue, blue, blue Christmas