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
5 "White Christmas" – Irving Berlin
6 "Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!" – Sammy Cahn, Jule Styne
7 "Jingle Bell Rock" – Joseph Carleton Beal, James Ross Boothe
8 "The Little Drummer Boy" – Katherine K. Davis, Henry V. Onorati, Harry Simeone
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
13 "Silver Bells" – Jay Livingston, Ray Evans
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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