Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Thursday Thirteen #201

THE THIRTEEN 
MOST POPULAR 
CHRISTMAS SONGS


Thanks to Wikipedia for this list (and the pretty tree photo, too).

PLEASE READ: This is a repeat of a TT I did last year. Yes, I know that Bing Crosby's recording of "White Christmas" sold a gazillion copies. But individual recordings are not what this list is about. It's how many times a song has been recorded and played. So while Crosby's "White Christmas" was a massive hit, the song itself hasn't been recorded as often or as successfully by other artists as four others on this list.

And now, without further ado ...



1  "The Christmas Song" (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire) – Mel Tormé, Robert Wells 

 
 
 
 

7  "Jingle Bell Rock" – Joseph Carleton Beal, James Ross Boothe 

 
9  "Sleigh Ride" – Leroy Anderson, Mitchell Parish 

 
11  "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year" – Edward Pola, George Wyle 

12  "I'll Be Home for Christmas" – Walter Kent, Kim Gannon, Buck Ram


I'm not surprised to see #12 on the list. I think I have heard "I'll Be Home for Christmas" performed by everyone from Karen Carpenter to Lou Rawls this year. I'm starting to wonder where the singer is that he or she won't be home for Christmas. Prison? The military? Working the holiday shift at a hospital? The backstory on that one changes for me depending on who is doing the singing.


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5 comments:

Heather said...

I think the one that most surprises me on this list is "The Little Drummer Bot." But then, it's never been high on my list of favorite carols. My T13 post

Stephanie Sullivan said...

WOW ... I'm surprised O Holy Night isn't in there somewhere. I love all of these songs though. Great list! Happy Thursday!

Kwizgiver said...

I heard the most beautiful version of Little Drummer Boy the other day but I don't know who performed it.

CountryDew said...

#11 is my least favorite on this list, but I love all of the others. Great reminder of the season.

I am Harriet said...

I'm glad you re-posted it!

Have a great day!