Are these the most popular holiday songs of all time?

It must be the pandemic. People started getting into Christmas music back in September with the first radio station flip to an all-holiday music format. Data from Pandora, the streaming service we don’t get in Canada, says that things started to really pick up in mid-October. Jeebus.

Pandora has released data about the 20 most popular holiday songs of all time–at least according to their subscribers. And the results are not what you might expect.

  1. Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree“/She & Him (I KNOW! Surprise!)
  2. “Christmas Eve/Sarajevo 12/24 (Instrumental)”/Trans-Siberian Orchestra
  3. “All I Want for Christmas is You”/ Mariah Carey
  4. “Like It’s Christmas”/Jonas Brothers
  5. “We Three Gentlemen (Medley)”/Lindsey Stirling
  6. “Underneath the Tree”Kelly Clarkson
  7. “It’s Beginning to Look at Lot Like Christmas”/Perry Como and the Fontaine Sisters
  8. “When You Believe”/Pentatonix and Maren Morris
  9. “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch”/Thurl Ravenscroft
  10. “Please Come Home for Christmas”/The Eagles
  11. “Winter Wonderland”/Michael Bublé
  12. “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)”/Darlene Love
  13. “Where Are You Christmas”/Faith Hill
  14. “Happy Holiday/The Holiday Season”/Andy Williams
  15. “Baby It’s Cold Outside”/India Menzel and Michael Bublé
  16. “Sleigh Ride, For Orchestra (or String Orchestra)”/Arthur Fiedler
  17. “Carol Of The Bells/Sing We Now Of Christmas”/Barlowgirl
  18. “Santa Tell Me”/Ariana Grande
  19. “Oh Holy Night”/Katharine McPhee
  20. “Believe”/Josh Groban

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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