These are the top 25 holiday songs (in America, anyway).

ASCAP, the American performance rights collective, has assessed which holiday songs have been played and performed the most in that country. No surprises here, really.

  1. “All I Want for Christmas Is You” by Mariah Carey and Walter Afanasieff (1994)
  2. “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas” by Meredith Willson (1951)
  3. “A Holly Jolly Christmas” by Johnny Marks (1962)
  4. “Sleigh Ride” by Leroy Anderson and Mitchell Parish (1948)
  5. “Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow” by Sammy Cahn and Jule Styne (1945)
  6. “Jingle Bell Rock” by Joseph Carleton Beal and James Ross Boothe (1958)
  7. “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” by Johnny Marks (1958)
  8. “Last Christmas” by George Michael (1984)
  9. “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” by Edward Pola and George Wyle (1963)
  10. “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” by Ralph Blane and Hugh Martin (1944)
  11. “Winter Wonderland” by Felix Bernard and Richard B. Smith (1934)
  12. “Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town” by Fred Coots and Haven Gillespie (1934)
  13. “White Christmas” by Irving Berlin (1941)
  14. “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” by Johnny Marks (1949)
  15. “The Christmas Song” by Mel Tormé and Robert Wells (1946)
  16. “Here Comes Santa Claus (Down Santa Claus Lane)” by Oakley Haldeman and Gene Autry (1947)
  17. “Home for the Holidays” by Robert Allen and Al Stillman (1954)
  18. “Feliz Navidad” by Jose Feliciano (1970)
  19. “Happy Holiday/The Holiday Season” by Kay Tompson and Irving Berlin (1942)
  20. “Santa Baby” by Joan Javits, Anthony Springer and Philip Springer (1953)
  21. “Frosty the Snowman” by Steve Nelson and Walter E. Rollins (1950)
  22. “Jingle Bells” by James Lord Pierpont; Frank Sinatra version arranged by Gordon Jenkins (ASCAP, 1958)
  23. “Underneath the Tree” by Kelly Clarkson and Greg Kurstin (2013)
  24. “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch” by Dr. Seuss and Albert Hague (1966)
  25. “Santa Tell Me” by Ariana Grande and Savan Kotecha (2013)

Alan Cross

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