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
Blane, Hugh Martin)

3.         Winter
(Felix Bernard, Richard B.

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

5.         White
(Irving Berlin)

6.         Let
It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!
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
(Joseph Carleton Beal, James Ross

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
(Steve Nelson, Walter E. Rollins)

18.      A Holly Jolly
(Johnny Marks)

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

20.      It’s Beginning
To Look A Lot Like Christmas

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

(Gene Autry,
  Oakley Haldeman)

22.      Wonderful
(Paul McCartney)

23.      Carol Of The
(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

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


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