This is my favourite version of this song. The Bowie/Bing effort is a classic, of course, and Ringo Starr’s version is charming because it’s autobiographical and, unsurprisingly, has the best drums. But this is the one you’d put on at a Christmas party (if that was still a thing) and everyone would get up and dance.
Like me, you’ll be delighted to discover that of all the Beatles, the one who has recorded the largest number of Christmas songs is Ringo. Some of them are good, some of them are not, some of them are awesome, and then there’s this, which I think is actually the best version ever recorded – sorry, Bing and David – of the Little Drummer Boy, because it has SO MUCH DRUMMING. Like, imagine as much drumming as you can, and then double it, and that’s still not as much drumming as this song has. Make sure to listen all the way through, it would be a tragedy to miss the drum solos (yes, multiple), and the key changes (also multiple), and the bagpipes (just the one, although I suppose bagpipes by definition come in the plural).