Most popular Christmas songs on the radio — Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree is #1

most popular christmas songs research by ascap

The most popular Christmas songs on the radio? This cool infographic — citing data from ASCAP — says Rocking Around the Christmas Tree, Jingle Bell Rock and Blue Christmas were tops from 2000-2009. But hey, where is Santa Baby by Eartha Kitt…. and how about Bruce Springsteen doing Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town, which I’m thinking is ’90s? Also, I don’t think it’s a “Massive Project to Carefully Recreate the Christmases of Baby Boomers’ Childhoods” — I think we just like playing music… we like Christmas… and the best Christmas songs came from this era! Thanks to xkcd.com for this rockin’ graphic.


What is your favorite retro Christmas song?

  1. Jason says:

    ‘ve never really liked Baby it’s Cold Outside, even though it is a good song musically. If you really listening to the lyrics and counter lyrics, Dean is just trying to get some and using the snow/cold as an excuse. I am a huge Dino fan……and I have nothing against getting some…..I just don;t really like the underlying purpose that the lyrics suggest.

  2. Dave bramblette says:

    Those are called runs ? I think ruins is more appropriate ! I am with you Chris, I can’t change the station fast enough.

  3. Kristy says:

    ok, I’m late to the party (blame a faulty modem that had me offline) but I was amused and amazed to see that xkcd and RetroRenovation had collided =) Two of my favorite web presences!! As for me, I adore “winter wonderland”

  4. Annie B. says:

    Better late than never, but one of my all-time favorites is Tex Logan’s “Christmas Time’s a-Comin'”, especially Sammy Kershaw’s rendition from the late ’90’s.

  5. Craig Smith says:

    There’s a problem with the above article, in that it leaves out a HUGE number of very popular Christmas songs which get a lot of radio play, the most noteable being Carol of the Bells, Silent Night, and, O Holy Night, among others which find their origin long before the chart.

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