A Helpful List Of The Top Twenty-Five Songs You Won’t Be Able To Escape Between Now And Dec. 26
Radio stations all across the country have pre-emptively flipped to the all-holiday-music format–despite Thanksgiving not even being until Thursday–so ASCAP figured the time was right to unleash a list of the 25 most popular holiday songs of the past five years, (Christmas music and lists? Somebody’s got their finger on the pulse!) Topping the chart is “Winter Wonderland,” which since being written in 1934 has been covered by the likes of the Andrews Sisters, the Eurythmics, the Cocteau Twins, and Air Supply (how have I not heard that cover?), while the most recent entry on the list is 1984’s “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” The top 25–with the recording artist whose version has received the most radio airplay over the past five holiday seasons–after the jump.
1. “Winter Wonderland,” written by Felix Bernard, Richard B. Smith (performed by Eurythmics) 2. “The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire),” by Mel Torme and Robert Wells (Nat “King” Cole) 3. “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” by Ralph Blane and Hugh Martin (the Pretenders) 4. “Sleigh Ride,” by Leroy Anderson and Mitchell Parish; (the Ronettes) 5. “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town,” by Fred Coots and Haven Gillespie (Frank Sinatra) 6. “Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!” by Sammy Cahn and Jule Styne (Michael Buble) 7. “White Christmas,” by Irving Berlin (Bing Crosby) 8. “Jingle Bell Rock,” by Joseph Carleton Beal and James Ross Boothe (Bobby Helms) 9. “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” by Johnny Marks (Gene Autry) 10. “Little Drummer Boy,” by Katherine K. Davis, Henry V. Onorati and Harry Simeone (The Harry Simeone Chorale & Orchestra) 11. “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” by Edward Pola, George Wyle (Andy Williams) 12 “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree,” Johnny Marks (Brenda Lee) 13. “Silver Bells,” by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans (Kenny G) 14. “I’ll Be Home For Christmas,” by Walter Kent, Kim Gannon and Buck Ram (Amy Grant) 15. “Feliz Navidad,” by Jose Feliciano (Jose Feliciano) 16. “Frosty the Snowman,” by Steve Nelson and Walter E. Rollins (the Ronettes) 17. “A Holly Jolly Christmas,” by Johnny Marks (Burl Ives) 18. “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas,” by Meredith Willson (Johnny Mathis) 19. “Blue Christmas,” by Billy Hayes and Jay W. Johnson (Elvis Presley) 20. “(There’s No Place Like) Home for the Holidays,” by Bob Allen and Al Stillman (Perry Como) 21. “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus,” by Tommie Connor (John Mellencamp) 22. “Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane),” by Gene Autry and Oakley Haldeman (Gene Autry) 23. “Carol of the Bells,” by Peter J. Wilhousky and Mykola Leontovich (David Foster [instrumental version]) 24. “Do They Know It’s Christmas? (Feed the World),” by Midge Ure and Bob Geldof (Band Aid) 25. “This Christmas,” Donny Hathaway and Nadine McKinnor (Gloria Estefan)
I’m sort of surprised by the Eurythmics’ take on “Winter Wonderland” topping this particular chart, although I guess your Lite-FMs aren’t exactly Cocteau Twins-crazy. Anyway, my favorite Annie Lennox-fronted Christmas song isn’t explicitly holiday-themed, but the video makes up for it:
It’s so shiny! The sound, I mean.