“I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus” is a cheeky classic that sparks the imagination of young and old. When Jimmy Boyd recorded the original version in 1952, he no doubt envisioned the surprise and astonishment of kids around the world who might catch a glimpse of Old Saint Nick stealing a kiss from mom under the mistletoe.
More than 60 years have passed and modern artists have carried that same whimsy with updated sounds. Check out some of our favorite covers of “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus” below, and let us know which one we missed.
Dolly Parton - I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus (2020)
This gem comes from Dolly's first Christmas album in over 30 years, A Holly Dolly Christmas. Hearing Dolly narrate the mischievous act somehow makes it OK.
John Prine - I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus (2009)
Prine's tragic death from coronavirus had many fans sad in 2020. If you're in that camp, take a minute to enjoy his 2009 cover. John brings that notable twang and character to the classic.
Jessica Simpson - I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus (2004)
Anyone else getting Mad Men vibes listening to this rendition? Simpson's full and wide ranged voice transports you to a Christmas-themed cocktail lounge where the rhythm carries the party all night long.
John Mellencamp - I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus (1987)
We guess that Mellencamp was asked to cover the Christmas classic at the last minute. So, when he got to the studio, John just pulled the lyrics from "Jack & Diane" and kept the melody. Close your eyes and you might hear it too.
Jackson 5 - I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus (1970)
It's the cover everyone is most familiar with. Pop on your radio anytime during December and you're bound to hear the soulful family band singing Jimmy Boyd's classic.