Holiday chestnuts

Holiday chestnuts: ASCAP has updated its list of Top 25 most-performed holiday songs, based on its most recent data.”

And the winners are:

1.         The
Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)

Mel Tormé,
        
   Robert Wells)

2.         Have
Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
(Ralph
Blane, Hugh Martin)

3.         Winter
Wonderland
(Felix Bernard, Richard B.
Smith)

4.         Santa
Claus Is Coming To Town
(Fred Coots, Haven
Gillespie)

5.         White
Christmas
(Irving Berlin)

6.         Let
It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!
(Sammy
Cahn, Jule Styne)

7.         I’ll
Be Home For Christmas
(Walter Kent, Kim
Gannon, Buck Ram)

8.         Rudolph
The Red Nosed Reindeer
(Johnny Marks)

9.         Little
Drummer Boy
(Katherine K. Davis, Henry
V. Onorati, Harry Simeone)

10.      Jingle Bell
Rock
(Joseph Carleton Beal, James Ross
Boothe)

11.      Silver Bells (Jay
Livingston, Ray Evans)

12.      Sleigh Ride (Leroy
Anderson, Mitchell Parish)

13.      Feliz Navidad (José Feliciano)

14.      It’s The Most
Wonderful Time Of The Year
(Edward Pola,
George Wyle)

15.      Blue Christmas (Billy
Hayes, Jay W. Johnson)

16.      Rockin’
Around The Christmas Tree
(Johnny Marks)

17.      Frosty The
Snowman
(Steve Nelson, Walter E. Rollins)

18.      A Holly Jolly
Christmas
(Johnny Marks)

19.      I Saw Mommy
Kissing Santa Claus
(Tommie Connor)

20.      It’s Beginning
To Look A Lot Like Christmas
(Meredith
Willson)

21.      Here Comes
Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane)

(Gene Autry,
        
  Oakley Haldeman)

22.      Wonderful
Christmastime
(Paul McCartney)

23.      Carol Of The
Bells
(Peter J. Wilhousky, Mykola Leontovich)

24.      Santa Baby (Joan
Ellen Javits, Philip Springer, Tony Springer)

25.      This Christmas (Donny
Hathaway, Nadine McKinnor)

Some facts about the Top 25
ASCAP Holiday Songs:

Oldest songs:
"Santa Claus Is Coming to Town" and "Winter
Wonderland" (both 1934)

Newest Song:
"Wonderful Christmastime" (1979)

Songs introduced in motion pictures:
"White Christmas" in Holiday
Inn (1942)
"Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas"
in Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)
"Silver Bells" in The Lemon Drop Kid (1950)

Writer with most Top Holiday Songs:
Johnny Marks with three – "Rudolph
the Red Nosed Reindeer," "Rockin’ Around
the Christmas Tree," and "AHolly Jolly
Christmas."

Most recorded Holiday Song:
"White Christmas" with
well over 500 versions in dozens of languages.

(via: ResourceShelf.com)