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The Top 25 Holiday Songs Played on the Radio

Dateline: 11/28/06


ASCAP, The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers has released its Top 25 Most Performed Holiday Songs for the past five years. The list is based on radio airplay tracked by the monitoring service, Mediaguide.

The most performed holiday song is "The Christmas Song, (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)."

It became a seasonal classic with the release of Nat "King" Cole's 1946 rendition.

Entering the Top 25 song list for the first time is "Do They Know It's Christmas? (Feed the World)".

This song was recorded by Band Aid - an all-star band of British musicians - in 1984. The single sold millions of copies to benefit famine relief efforts in Ethiopia.

The Top 25

The Top 25 most performed holiday songs are listed below with the most popular artist version played on radio.

1. "The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)"
Performed by: Nat "King" Cole

2. "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas"
Performed by: The Pretenders

3. "Winter Wonderland"
Performed by: Eurythmics

4. "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town"
Performed by: Bruce Springsteen

5. "White Christmas"
Performed by: Bing Crosby

6. "Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!"
Performed by: Andy Williams

7. "Jingle Bell Rock"
Performed by: Bobby Helms

8. "Little Drummer Boy"
Performed by: The Harry Simeone Chorale & Orchestra

9. "Sleigh Ride"
Performed by: The Ronettes

10. "Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer"
Performed by: Gene Autry

11. "It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year"
Performed by: Andy Williams

12. "I'll Be Home For Christmas"
Performed by: Vanessa Williams

13. "Silver Bells"
Performed by: Kenny G

14. "Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree"
Performed by: Brenda Lee

15. "Feliz Navidad"
Performed by: José Feliciano

16. "Blue Christmas"
Performed by: Elvis Presley

17. "Frosty The Snowman"
Performed by: The Ronettes

18. "A Holly Jolly Christmas"
Performed by: Burl Ives

19. "It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas" Performed by: Johnny Mathis

20. "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus"
Performed by: John Mellencamp

21. "Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane)"
Performed by: Elvis Presley

22. "Carol Of The Bells"
Performed by: John Tesh and the Christmas Symphony Orchestra

23. "Do They Know It's Christmas? (Feed the World)"
Performed by: Band Aid

24. "(There's No Place Like) Home For The Holidays"
Performed by: The Carpenters

25. "Santa Baby"
Performed by: Madonna

Now For Some List Trivia

Oldest songs:
"Santa Claus Is Coming to Town" and "Winter Wonderland" (both 1934)

Newest song:
"Do They Know It's Christmas? (Feed the World)" (1984)

Most recorded Holiday song:
"White Christmas" with well over 500 versions in dozens of languages.

Songs introduced in Film and Television:
"White Christmas" in Holiday Inn (1942) "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" in Meet Me in St. Louis (1944) "Silver Bells" in The Lemon Drop Kid (1950) "A Holly Jolly Christmas" in TV special Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer (1962)

Writer with most top Holiday songs:
Johnny Marks with three - "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer," "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree," and "A Holly Jolly Christmas"

(Portions from an ASCAP Press Release)

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