What is Your Favorite Christmas Song?

What is Your Favorite Christmas Song?

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When did you start listening to Christmas music?

I started listening to Christmas music last week. I created a Jazz Christmas station on my Pandora and I’ve been listening to it while I work. I’m trying to get into the holiday spirit and so far, I think the Christmas tunes are helping. Listening to holiday music is bringing back sweet childhood memories from my favorite Christmases.

I remember when I was in elementary school I absolutely LOVED listening to Christmas songs. I would turn on the radio and put it on the station that played holiday music 24/7 during the holiday season. Then I’d dance around my room and pretend I was in a Christmas musical and sing and dance to all of my favorite songs. Sometimes I’d even take the radio outside and play Christmas music while I played with friends or my sister.

I wonder if my sister remembers the Christmas we got these big skates and we would skate around in our backyard and listen to Christmas music?

 

A Few of My Favorite Christmas Songs

When I was younger I didn’t have just one favorite holiday song. It was too hard to pick just one because I pretty much loved them all! A few of my favs were:

“Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree”

“Jingle Bell Rock”

“Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer”

“The Christmas Song” performed by Nat King Cole (Simply the best!)

“Merry Christmas, Darling” performed by Karen Carpenter (Absolute classic!)

 

“Merry Christmas, Darling” is one of my favorite Christmas songs! | Photo courtesy YouTube

 

“All I Want For Christmas Is You” is ASCAP’s Top Holiday Song for 2017

Yesterday (11/29), The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) announced its Top Holiday Songs for 2017. Is it any surprise Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas Is You” is the number one song?

Mariah’s Christmas song can be heard any and everywhere! I remember when the song first came out I was in the 8th grade and instantly loved it. It’s interesting to me how “All I Want For Christmas Is You” has become a Christmas classic. When I think about all of the classic songs when I was younger and compare it to Mariah’s Christmas song now being a classic, well, it makes me feel just a little bit old. 🙂

The song was released in 1994 and is written by Walter Afanasieff and Mariah Carey. Here’s an interview with Walter Afanasieff about writing “All I Want For Christmas Is You”. It is a song I dearly cherish and it makes me happy to hear my own children sing it. It’s amazing how much time has gone by since Mariah’s Christmas song was first released.

Read: “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town” Most-Played Christmas Song of Last 50 Years”

 

ASCAP Top 25 Holiday Songs
Carey performing the 2010 version of the song live at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida on December 3, 2010. | Photo courtesy Peter Griffin

 

ASCAP President Paul Williams on music during the holidays:

“Music is such an essential part of the holiday season, and beloved holiday favorites have lasting appeal across all generations, whether performed by Justin BieberKaty Perry, and Ariana Grande, or Brenda Lee and Johnny Mathis. As time has passed, new classics like ‘All I Want for Christmas Is You’ and ‘Last Christmas’ have evolved in the hearts and minds of music listeners, and taken their rightful place at the top of the today’s holiday songs chart.”

P.S.— I have never heard Katy Perry sing a Christmas song. Have you? Just curious.

 

ASCAP Top 25 Holiday Songs

Here is a list of the ASCAP Top 25 Holiday Songs. It includes their writer(s) and the song’s copyright date according to ASCAP records:

  1. “All I Want for Christmas Is You” by Mariah Carey and Walter Afanasieff (1994)
  2. “A Holly Jolly Christmas” by Johnny Marks (1962)
  3. “Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow” by Sammy Cahn and Jule Styne (1945)
  4. “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” by Johnny Marks (1958)
  5. “Last Christmas” by George Michael (1984)
  6. “Jingle Bell Rock” by Joseph Carleton Beal and James Ross Boothe (1957)
  7. “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” by Edward Pola and George Wyle(1963)
  8. “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas” by Meredith Willson (1951)
  9. “Sleigh Ride” by Leroy Anderson and Mitchell Parish (1951)
  10. “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” by Johnny Marks (1949)
  11. “White Christmas” by Irving Berlin (1941)
  12. “Winter Wonderland” by Felix Bernard and Richard B. Smith (1934)
  13. “Feliz Navidad” by Jose Feliciano (1970)
  14. “Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town” by Fred Coots and Haven Gillespie (1934)
  15. “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” by Ralph Blane and Hugh Martin (1943)
  16. “Here Comes Santa Claus (Down Santa Claus Lane)” by Gene Autry and Oakley Haldeman (1947)
  17. “The Christmas Song” by Mel Tormé and Robert Wells (1946)
  18. “Frosty the Snowman” by Steve Nelson and Walter E. Rollins (1950)
  19. Christmas Eve/Sarajevo 12/24″ by Robert KinkelPaul O’Neill and John Oliva(1995)
  20. “Jingle Bells” by James Lord PierpontFrank Sinatra version arranged by Gordon Jenkins (ASCAP, 1958)
  21. “Baby It’s Cold Outside” by Frank Loesser (1948)
  22. “Santa Baby” by Joan JavitsAnthony Springer and Philip Springer (1953)
  23. “Run Rudolph Run” by John Marks and Marvin Broadie (1958)
  24. “Blue Christmas” by Billy Hayes and Jay Johnson (1948)
  25. “Wonderful Christmastime” by Paul McCartney (1979)

Based on an analysis of Nielsen streaming and terrestrial radio data from Aug. 7, 2017, to Nov. 19, 2017.

 

 

 

Did your favorite holiday song make the list?

 

 

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2 thoughts on “What is Your Favorite Christmas Song?”

  • I can’t believe they didn’t have my top three songs on the list:

    1. This Christmas- Donny Hathaway
    2. Silent Night- The Temptations
    3. Let It Snow- Boyz II Men

    Best songs hands down!

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