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'What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?': Pick the best version -- POLL

“What are you doing New Year’s Eve?” — is there any more romantic question? People do a lot of self-evaluating going into a new year, and if someone wants to spend that most hallowed of nights with you, you must be pretty special.

In 1947, musical-theater vet Frank Loesser (Guys & Dolls, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying) put that sentiment to music with “What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?” And now that Christmas music is behind us, it’s time to move on to the New Year’s classics. (Check out our Ultimate Holiday Playlist here.)

Who had the best version of this NYE standard? Check out our six choices and place your vote below.
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'White Christmas': You choose the best version, in our Twelve Days of Christmas Classics -- POLL

The Twelve Days of Christmas Classics is on! EW is putting the best versions of the most-covered Christmas songs up to a daily vote to compile the ultimate holiday playlist. (We’ve already covered “Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” “The Christmas Song,” “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” “Let It Snow!,” “The Little Drummer Boy,” “O Holy Night,” “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town,” “Silent Night,” and “Sleigh Ride.”) If your favorite singer isn’t in the list below, you better not pout: Each artist will only appear once throughout the 12 days. Listen to our top six, vote for your favorite, and let us know why you made your pick in the comments below.

UPDATE: The polls are closed, and we have our winners! Listen to YOUR ultimate holiday playlist here.

For many people, “White Christmas” is synonymous with Bing Crosby. And while we’re also partial to his classic 1942 version, these other five takes are worth a second (or 200th) listen.

Can Bing be beaten? There’s only one way to find out: Dream up your favorite answer below:
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Google doodle celebrates jazz legend Ella Fitzgerald

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On what would have been her 96th birthday, Google is honoring jazz great Ella Fitzgerald with a doodle on its homepage.

The singer, born April 25, 1917, made her singing debut on stage at the famed Apollo Theater in Harlem, New York, when she was 17 years old. Over the course of a six-decade career, the “First Lady of Song,” as she was widely called, sold more than 40 million albums, won 13 Grammy Awards, and collaborated with the equally legendary likes of Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington.

In 1987, President Ronald Reagan awarded Fitzgerald the National Medal of Arts, the highest honor conferred on behalf of the United States to an artist.

Fitzgerald died on June 15, 1996 at the age of 79.

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