Simon and Garfunkel's A Hazy Shade of Winter.
It’s a mystery. Why do some non-holiday winter songs get included in Christmas music playlists and others don’t? Is it because they aren’t perky with a catchy hook, full of romance, or a clever novelty tune? Take, for example, Simon and Garfunkel’s A Hazy Shade of Winter.The 1966 single sleeve for A Hazy Shade of Winter.
Despite being the second biggest hit off the duo’s landmark 1968 album Bookends peaking at # 13 on the Billboard Hot 100 after Mrs. Robinson which reached #1, you won’t find the song on Yule radio. Maybe it’s because it is a rather gloomy take on the season—dull overcast urban sky, only patchy snow among long-dead leaves on the ground. And it even mentions a synagogue down by the river instead of a pristine chapel by a Courier & Ives lane. That can’t help.The Bangles had an even bigger hit with the song in the '80s.
But any fair assessment of all of the moods of the season should include this classic which was also a #3 hit for The Bangles in the 1980’s.