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What Are the Most Popular Christmas Songs?

December 20, 2011

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We’ve talked about the best Christmas music before and we’ve talked about the worst. But what about the most popular?


Any surprises? Mariah Carey’s ‘All I Want for Christmas Is You’ doesn’t make the Top 20 list — a shocker for any Washingtonians who rely on WASH-FM for their Christmas radio or my fellow Love Actually devotees.

Of course, this is the American list. How does the British Christmas hits list compare?


‘Driving Home for Christmas’? ‘Fairytale of New York’? ‘Stay Another Day’? Are they celebrating the same holiday on that side of the Atlantic?!

I think xkcd sums it up best: our Christmas music is the music of our parents’ childhoods. From there, it just becomes a cycle. We grow up listening to ‘White Christmas’ and ‘I’ll Be Home for Christmas,’ which become nostalgic for us, so we end up playing the same music for our kids. And so the circle continues.

What’s your favorite Christmas song? Least favorite? My favorite might be ‘Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas’ — Judy Garland’s version always makes me cry — and least favorite is definitely ‘Christmas Shoes.’ I won’t punish you by including a link.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. December 20, 2011 8:36 am

    Mine is “My Grown-Up Christmas List.” Such a beautiful song with such an inspiring message!

    • December 20, 2011 1:45 pm

      I don’t know this song? Will have to YouTube!

  2. December 20, 2011 8:44 am

    I love the oldies as well.. haha because I grew up with them!! (shh) which makes me an “oldie”;)

  3. ael1224 permalink
    December 20, 2011 11:04 am

    I love I’ll Be Home for Christmas…I haven’t been home for Christmas in 3 years, so it’s always bittersweet 🙂

    I am so with you on Christmas Shoes! Although sometimes I will play it around my roommates to tick them off 😉

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