ASCAP Updates Their Most Played Holiday Songs Through Mid-December

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) have announced their list of the ten most played holiday songs for 2011, updated through December 14. The measuring period started October 1.

The actual ranking has changed little from their list through November 30 but the total spins on the nation's radio stations sure has. Number 1 stays the same with Sleigh Ride but, on November 30, it had 64,317 plays where, 14 days later, it was up to 154,327. This is based on the reporting of over 2,500 radio stations as measured by Mediaguide. This list also only includes those holiday songs licensed through ASCAP which is why some songs are not included (i.e. All I Want For Christmas is You and Christmas Time is Here are licensed through BMI).

The following list includes all artist's versions of each song but lists the most performed version.

  1. Sleigh Ride - played 154,327 times - Written by Leroy Anderson, Mitchell Parish (Most popular artist version performed by Leroy Anderson)
  2. Winter Wonderland - played 128,980 times - Written by Felix Bernard, Richard B. Smith (Eurythmics)
  3. The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire) - played 126,032 times - Written by Mel Tormé, Robert Wells (Nat King Cole)
  4. Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! - played 115,346 times - Written by Sammy Cahn, Jule Styne (Dean Martin)
  5. Jingle Bell Rock - played 114,529 times - Written by Joseph Carleton Beal, James Ross Boothe (Bobby Helms)
  6. It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year - played 109,938 times - Written by Edward Pola, George Wyle (Andy Williams)
  7. Do You Hear What I Hear? - played 98,575 times - Written by Gloria Shayne Baker, Noël Regney (Whitney Houston)
  8. It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas - played 94,885 times - Written by Meredith Willson (Bing Crosby)
  9. Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer - played 91,451 times - Written by Johnny Marks (Gene Autry)
  10. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas - played 90,175 times - Written by Ralph Blane, Hugh Martin (Carpenters)

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