Same Old Christmas Songs Driving You Crazy? Here’s Why.

ASCAP, one of the organizations responsible for collecting and paying out royalties to artists, loves the weeks leading up to Christmas because there’s a lot of money to be made in seasonal tunes.  And since dozens and dozens of radio stations flip to an all-Christmas format every year, there’s a lot more Xmas cheer to go around.

Here are the most-played Yuletide tracks in the US since October 1.  (I don’t have similar figures for Canada, but I’d guess that the rankings would be about the same.)

1. “Sleigh Ride” – played 64,317 times
Written by Leroy Anderson, Mitchell Parish
Most popular artist version performed by Leroy Anderson

2. “Winter Wonderland” – played 54,741 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 50,796 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 49,509 times
Written by Sammy Cahn, Jule Styne
Most popular artist version performed by Dean Martin

5. “Jingle Bell Rock” – played 47,100 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 46,492 times
Written by Edward Pola, George Wyle
Most popular artist version performed by Andy Williams

7.“Do You Hear What I Hear?” – played 41,633 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 39,885 times
Written by Meredith Willson
Most popular artist version performed by Bing Crosby

9. “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” – played 38,395 times
Written by Ralph Blane, Hugh Martin
Most popular artist version performed by The Carpenters

10. “Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer” – played 37,266 times
Written by Johnny Marks
Most popular artist version performed by Gene Autry

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