Should Baby It’s Cold Outside be #MeToo

One of the most popular duet songs of all time, and certainly the most popular Christmas/Holiday song of all time is the Frank Loesser/Lynn Garland song, Baby It’s Cold Outside. Originally, it was a private composition that Frank Loesser and his wife, Lynn Garland, used to sing at parties to amuse their entertainment industry guests, it’s become a classic, recorded over a hundred times.

The song tells the story of a man trying to persuade his female house guest to stay. Is it a story of date rape pressure or old fashioned romance? When the line says “hey, what’s in this drink” is she suggesting that she’s been drugged or that this drink is delicious, what’s the recipe?

Look at the list of entertainers who have recorded this song:

Frank Loesser and Lynn Garland 1949 • Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Jordan 1949 • Margaret Whiting and Johnny Mercer 1949 • Louis Armstrong and Velma Middleton 1955 • Sammy Davis Jr. and Carmen McRae 1957 • Jack Marshall 1959 • Dean Martin & Company 1959 • Ray Charles and Betty Carter 1961 • Al Hirt and Ann-Margret 1963 • Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme 1964 • Rod McKuen and Petula Clark 1980 • Barry Manilow and K.T. Islin 1990 • Robert Palmer and Carnie Wilson 1992 • Dianne Reeves and Lou Rawls 1995 • Bobby Caldwell and Vanessa Williams 1996 • Tom Jones and Cerys Matthews 1999 • Brian Setzer and Ann-Margret 2002 • Ann Hampton Callaway and Kenny Rankin 2002 • Zooey Deschanel and Leon Redbone 2003 • Rod Stewart and Dolly Parton 2004 • Steve Tyrell and Jane Monheit 2005 • JamesTaylor and Natalie Cole 2006 • Lady Antebellum 2009 • Willie Nelson and Norah Jones 2009 • Royal Crown Revue 2010 • Chris Colfer and Darren Criss 2010 • She & Him 2011 • Haley Reinhart and Casey Abrams 2011 • Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta 2012 • Lyle Lovett and Kat Edmonson 2012 • Lady Gaga • and Joseph Gordon-Levitt 2013 • Jimmy Fallon and Cecily Strong 2013 • Martina McBride and Dean Martin 2013 • Kelly Clarkson and Ronnie Dunn 2013 • Virginia to Vegas and Alyssa Reid 2014 • Seth McFarland and Sara Bareilles 2014 • Idina Menzel and Michael Buble 2014 • Darius Rucker and Sheryl Crow 2014 • Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett 2015 • Brett Eldridge and Meghan Trainor 2016

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