Here’s a list from ASCAP tallying the top ten most popular Christmas songs, their composers, popular version, and play count. All of this is from October 1st until the beginning of last week.
I’m sharing it because I was impressed by a few details buried within. For instance, the most popular version of Winter Wonderland is performed by Eurythmics. What the hell? Then I youtubed it and, yeah, that’s them.
Also, Andy Williams has the best voice of all time. It’s impressive to watch him. I’m not a big fan of most of what he sings, but that’s a whole separate issue.
The top 10 most-played holiday songs so far this holiday season are listed below, all written or co-written by ASCAP songwriters and composers. Each song includes songwriter credits, and cites the most popular artist version played on radio to date.
1. “Sleigh Ride” – played 154,327 times
Written by Leroy Anderson, Mitchell Parish
Most popular artist version performed by Leroy Anderson
2. “Winter Wonderland” – played 128,980 times
Written by Felix Bernard, Richard B. Smith
Most popular artist version performed by Eurythmics
3. “The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)” – played 126,032 times
Written by Mel Tormé, Robert Wells
Most popular artist version performed by Nat King Cole
4. “Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!” – played 115,346 times
Written by Sammy Cahn, Jule Styne
Most popular artist version performed by Dean Martin
5. “Jingle Bell Rock” – played 114,529 times
Written by Joseph Carleton Beal, James Ross Boothe
Most popular artist version performed by Bobby Helms
6.“It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year” – played 109,938 times
Written by Edward Pola, George Wyle
Most popular artist version performed by Andy Williams
7.“Do You Hear What I Hear?” – played 98,575 times
Written by Gloria Shayne Baker, Noël Regney
Most popular artist version performed by Whitney Houston
8. “It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas” – played 94,885 times
Written by Meredith Willson
Most popular artist version performed by Bing Crosby
9. “Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer” – played 91,451 times
Written by Johnny Marks
Most popular artist version performed by Gene Autry
10. “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” – played 90,175 times
Written by Ralph Blane, Hugh Martin
Most popular artist version performed by The Carpenters
Note: The list represents an aggregation of all different artist versions of each cited holiday song played on radio from 10/1/11 through 12/14/11. The holiday song data was tracked by radio airplay monitoring service, Mediaguide, from over 2,500 radio stations nationwide.