“Baby, It’s Cold Outside” is officially my favorite Christmas song. It’s also the one standard that’s been in my life the shortest period of time. Somehow, I have no recollection of this song before hearing Zooey Deschanel and Will Ferrell sing it in 2003’s Elf. I was instantly hooked and not just because of my (at that time) newfound lady crush Ms. Deshanel. I did a little research (ie typed the song’s title in over at Wikipedia) and found out the song was written by a guy named Frank Loesser back in 1944 to sing with his wife at holiday parties. He eventually sold it to MGM and they used it in a 1949 movie I’ve never heard of called Neptune’s Daughter. Since then tons and tons of people have taken a crack at singing this duet. I did some searching on YouTube and here are a few of my favorite renditions.
Zooey & Will in Elf.
Rainn Wilson & Selma Blair switch gender roles in this Gap video from 2008 that I don’t remember.
Ha, looks like the whole gender switch thing was done first in Neptune’s Daughter in this clip starring Red Skelton & Esther Williams.
Tom Jones & Cerys Matthews. This video is weird, like something out of Twin Peaks.
Lady Antebellum last year on Today. Skip to about 1:25 for the actual song.
This one’s only audio and pictures, but you can’t go wrong with Dean Martin & Martina McBride.
Rudolf Nureyev & Miss Piggy on The Muppet Show (again, switching the parts) in the steam room.