Most Played Holiday Songs

December 4, 2017
Quite a few classic-rock artists have penned memorable Christmas tunes, but only one has made it onto the 2017 list of the top 25 most-played holiday songs compiled by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP). Paul McCartney's 1979 yuletide earworm "Wonderful Christmastime" sneaked onto the tally at #25. Topping ASCAP's Top 25 Holiday Songs list is Mariah Carey's "All I Want for Christmas Is You," which Carey co-wrote with Walter Afanasieff in 1994. Finishing behind Mariah's holiday hit are the older Christmas classics "A Holly Jolly Christmas" at #2, "Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow" at #3 and "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" at #4, with Wham's 1984 yuletide tune "Last Christmas" at #5. ASCAP's list was compiled using data from streaming and terrestrial radio. Here is the full Top 25 Holiday Songs list, along with who wrote them and when each tune was copyrighted: 1. "All I Want for Christmas Is You" by Mariah Carey and Walter Afanasieff (1994) 2. "A Holly Jolly Christmas" by Johnny Marks (1962) 3. "Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow" by Sammy Cahn and Jule Styne (1945) 4. "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" by Johnny Marks (1958) 5. "Last Christmas" by George Michael (1984) 6. "Jingle Bell Rock" by Joseph Carleton Beal and James Ross Boothe (1957) 7. "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year" by Edward Pola and George Wyle (1963) 8. "It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas" by Meredith Willson (1951) 9. "Sleigh Ride" by Leroy Anderson and Mitchell Parish (1951) 10. "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" by Johnny Marks (1949) 11. "White Christmas" by Irving Berlin (1941) 12. "Winter Wonderland" by Felix Bernard and Richard B. Smith (1934) 13. "Feliz Navidad" by Jose Feliciano (1970) 14. "Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town" by Fred Coots and Haven Gillespie (1934) 15. "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" by Ralph Blane and Hugh Martin (1943) 16. "Here Comes Santa Claus (Down Santa Claus Lane)" by Gene Autry and Oakley Haldeman (1947) 17. "The Christmas Song" by Mel Tormé and Robert Wells (1946) 18. "Frosty the Snowman" by Steve Nelson and Walter E. Rollins (1950) 19. "Christmas Eve/Sarajevo 12/24" by Robert Kinkel, Paul O'Neill and John Oliva (1995) 20. "Jingle Bells" by James Lord Pierpont; Frank Sinatra version arranged by Gordon Jenkins (1958) 21. "Baby It's Cold Outside" by Frank Loesser (1948) 22. "Santa Baby" by Joan Javits, Anthony Springer and Philip Springer (1953) 23. "Run Rudolph Run" by John Marks and Marvin Broadie (1958) 24. "Blue Christmas" by Billy Hayes and Jay Johnson (1948) 25. "Wonderful Christmastime" by Paul McCartney (1979)