Ask Darlene Love about her favorite Christmas songs, and you know she'll bring up "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)." After all, how many artists introduce a song that becomes a standard of the season?
In a Rolling Stone Q&A, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer also brought up four carols she loves performing:
- "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing" is "a big choir song we used to do in my father’s church... I had three brothers and a sister, so we more or less took all the solos unless there was somebody else in the choir with a truly great voice. I was never afraid to take a solo even though I was no older than 12 and hadn’t really sang professionally yet."
- "Joy to the World": "It’s Christmas time when you’re singing it and you’re telling people really happy about what’s going on right now. And this is our joy -- we’re getting joy out of singing that song."
- "O Little Town of Bethlehem" is "all about our Christian beliefs and where Christ was born... It was probably a cold winter night, although they say in the song it’s bright and it’s clear and the stars are shining bright. And then there is one particular star in the sky that’s shining brighter than any other light and it’s over where Jesus Christ was being born in Bethlehem... This year I’m going to put 'Little Town of Bethlehem' back in [my live Christmas] show because it really does mean a lot to me."
- "Silent Night" has a connection to another legend. "Many years ago, I saw Barbra Streisand sing it in Central Park in the summer. I went, 'Wow, I’ve never thought about this song like this.' You can sing the song any time of the year 'cause you’re just talking about a silent, white, holy night, and that can be any night.” And the melody of that song is so beautiful... It always brings back such wonderful memories when I hear it."
- "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)": "For 29 years I sang it on the David Letterman show, which made it even more special. I can be walking down the street and people will come up to me and say, 'Christmas doesn’t start until you come out and sing that song'." And Darlene notes that it really is Letterman’s favorite Christmas song.
You can catch Darlene on The View on ABC on Friday.