Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Top 25 Christmas Songs

Top 25 Christmas Songs

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers released a list of the most-performed holiday songs from 2001-2006. Shockingly, they almsot perfectly reflect the list I compiled last month. I copy it here because the link will disappear at some point.

1. ""The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)"
Written by: Mel Tormé, Robert Wells
Performed by: Nat "King" Cole

2. "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas"
Written by: Ralph Blane, Hugh Martin
Performed by: The Pretenders

3. "Winter Wonderland"
Written by: Felix Bernard, Richard B. Smith
Performed by: Eurythmics

4. "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town"
Written by: Fred Coots, Haven Gillespie
Performed by: Bruce Springsteen

5. "White Christmas"
Written by: Irving Berlin
Performed by: Bing Crosby

6. "Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!"
Written by: Sammy Cahn, Jule Styne
Performed by: Andy Williams

7. "Jingle Bell Rock"
Written by: Joseph Carleton Beal, James Ross Boothe
Performed by: Bobby Helms

8. "Little Drummer Boy"
Written by: Katherine K. Davis, Henry V. Onorati, Harry Simeone
Performed by: The Harry Simeone Chorale & Orchestra

9. "Sleigh Ride"
Written by: Leroy Anderson, Mitchell Parish
Performed by: The Ronettes

10. "Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer"
Written by: Johnny Marks
Performed by: Gene Autry

11. "It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year"
Written by: Edward Pola, George Wyle
Performed by: Andy Williams

12. "I'll Be Home For Christmas"
Written by: Walter Kent, Kim Gannon, Buck Ram
Performed by: Vanessa Williams

13. "Silver Bells"
Written by: Jay Livingston, Ray Evans
Performed by: Kenny G

14. "Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree"
Written by: Johnny Marks
Performed by: Brenda Lee

15. "Feliz Navidad"
Written by: José Feliciano
Performed by: José Feliciano

16. "Blue Christmas"
Written by: Billy Hayes, Jay W. Johnson
Performed by: Elvis Presley

17. "Frosty The Snowman"
Written by: Steve Nelson, Walter E. Rollins
Performed by: The Ronettes

18. "A Holly Jolly Christmas"
Written by: Johnny Marks
Performed by: Burl Ives

19. "It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas"
Written by: Meredith Willson
Performed by: Johnny Mathis

20. "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus"
Written by: Tommie Connor (PRS)
Performed by: John Mellencamp

21. "Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane)"
Written by: Gene Autry, Oakley Haldeman
Performed by: Elvis Presley

22. "Carol Of The Bells"
Written by: Peter J. Wilhousky, Mykola Leontovich
Performed by: John Tesh and the Christmas Symphony Orchestra

23. "Do They Know It's Christmas? (Feed the World)"
Written by: Midge Ure (PRS), Bob Geldof (PRS)
Performed by: Band Aid

24. "(There's No Place Like) Home For The Holidays"
Written by: Bob Allen, Al Stillman
Performed by: The Carpenters

25. "Santa Baby"
Written by: Joan Ellen Javits, Philip Springer, Tony Springer
Performed by: Madonna


I'm not saying there's anything wrong with these songs. But I'm sick unto death of them, after they've been played ad nauseum on the Christmas stations. What's wrong with Oh Come All Ye Faithful, The First Noel, Away in a Manger, Silent Night, What Child is This, Hark the Herald Angels Sing, Angels We Have Heard on High, etc.?

On a related note, at exactly midnight, December 26th, the instant that Christmas Present expired, all Christmas/holiday songs, such as they were, ceased to be played on the radio stations in my area. It always disgusts me how they stations cast off the revolting cloak of Christmas cheer the very second the day ends. Didn't these DJ's get the memo? The season lasts all the way through the rest of the month, and ends after New Years. I'm not the only one saying so. Retailers are trying to milk the dregs of seasonal cheer as well.

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