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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.

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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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