Jingle Bell Rock: The Top Christmas Tunes

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by Kev Lewin We all have a favourIte Christmas tune, but have you ever wondered which classic pop ditty is the most successful at this special time of year? Over the past five years, the American Society Of Composers, Authors And Publishers (ASCAP) has tapped into Santa's iPod in an effort to find out just what songs really make Christmas special. ASCAP experts monitor the popularity of holiday songs using performance data tracked by radio airplay monitoring service Mediaguide and they know when a Christmas classic is re-recorded. Just released, here's the 2006 top 25 list of bona-fide Christmas classics. Just throw another log on the fire, pour yourself a glass of egg-nog and read on. The new 2006 list catalogues the most-recorded and most-played festive favourites, from tunes like SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN and WINTER WONDERLAND, which were both written in 1934, to Live Aid anthem DON'T THEY KNOW IT'S CHRISTMAS? (FEED THE WORLD), which makes the ASCAP list for the first time. By far the most recorded holiday song on the list is IRVING BERLIN's White Christmas, which has been recorded more than 500 times and Bing Crosby's hit version remains one of the world's top-selling records of all-time. Meanwhile, songwriter JOHNNY MARKS can claim to be the musical Father Christmas - he has three tunes on the new list; RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER, ROCKIN' AROUND THE CHRISTMAS TREE and A HOLLY JOLLY CHRISTMAS. Here's the top 25: 1. THE CHRISTMAS SONG (CHESTNUT'S ROASTING ON AN OPEN FIRE) Written by ROBERT WELLS + MEL TORME Recorded by NAT 'King' COLE, Celine Dion, James Taylor, Luther Vandross... 2. HAVE YOURSELF A MERRY LITTLE CHRISTMAS Written by RALPH BLANE + HUGH MARTIN Recorded by THE Pretenders, Bette Midler, Rosemary Clooney... 3. WINTER WONDERLAND Written by FELIX BERNARD + RICHARD B SMITH Recorded by Perry Como, Eurythmics... 4. SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN Written by FRED COOTS + HAVEN GILLESPIE Recorded by Bruce Springsteen, ROSEMARY CLOONEY, Dean Martin... 5. WHITE CHRISTMAS Written by IRVING BERLIN Recorded by BING CROSBY, Frank Sinatra... 6. LET IT SNOW! LET IT SNOW! LET IT SNOW! Written by SAMMY CAHN + JULE STYNE Recorded by DEAN MARTIN, Andy Williams... 7. JINGLE BELL ROCK Written by JOSEPH CARLETON BEAL + JAMES ROSS BOOTHE Recorded by BOBBY HELMS, Natalie Cole... 8. LITTLE DRUMMER BOY Written by KATHERINE K DAVIS, HENRY V ONORATI, HARRY SIMEONE Recorded by THE HARRY SIMEONE CHORALE + ORCHESTRA, BING CROSBY + David Bowie, SYD DALE... 9. SLEIGH RIDE Written by LEROY ANDERSON + MITCHELL PARISH Recorded by THE RONETTES, ANDY WILLIAMS... 10. RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER Written by JOHNNY MARKS Recorded by GENE AUTRY, Harry Connick Jr... 11. IT'S THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR Written by EDWARD POLA + George Wyle Recorded by ANDY WILLIAMS, Toni Braxton, Garth Brooks... 12. I'LL BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Written by WALTER KENT, KIM GANNON and BUCK RAM Recorded by Vanessa Williams, MARION WRIGHT... 13. SILVER BELLS Written by JAY LIVINGSTON + RAY EVANS Recorded by Doris Day, BING CROSBY, KENNY G... 14. ROCKIN' AROUND THE CHRISTMAS TREE Written by JOHNNY MARKS Recorded by BRENDA LEE, Kim Wilde + Mel Smith... 15. FELIZ NAVIDAD Written by Jose Feliciano Recorded by JOSE FELICIANO, Asleep At The Wheel, CELINE DION... 16. BLUE CHRISTMAS Written by BILLY HAYES, JAT W JOHNSON Recorded by Elvis Presley, Willie Nelson... 17. FROSTY THE SNOWMAN Written by STEVE NELSON + WALTER E ROLLINS Recorded by THE RONETTES, THE Beach Boys, Fiona Apple... 18. A HOLLY JOLLY CHRISTMAS Written by JOHNNY MARKS Recorded by Burl Ives, Alan Jackson... 19. IT'S BEGINNING TO LOOK A LOT LIKE CHRISTMAS Written by MEREDITH WILLSON Performed by Johnny Mathis, BING CROSBY, PERRY COMO... 20. I SAW MOMMY KISSING SANTA CLAUS Written by TOMMIE CONNOR Recorded by John Mellencamp, LYNN ANDERSON, The Drifters... 21. HERE COMES SANTA CLAUS (RIGHT DOWN SANTA CLAUS LANE) Written by GENE AUTRY + OAKLEY HALDEMAN Recorded by ELVIS PRESLEY, GENE AUTRY, RAY CONIFF... 22. CAROL OF THE BELLS Written by PETER J WILHOUSKY + MYKOLA LEONTOVICH Recorded by JOHN TESH, NATALIE COLE, The Four Seasons... 23. DO THEY KNOW IT'S CHRISTMAS? (FEED THE WORLD) Written by MIDGE URE + Bob Geldof Recorded by Band Aid, Pete Yorn, Barenaked Ladies... 24. (THERE'S NO PLACE LIKE HOME) FOR THE HOLIDAYS Written by BOB ALLEN + AL STILLMAN Recorded by The Carpenters, Robert Goulet, PERRY COMO... 25. Santa Baby Written by JOAN ELLEN JAVITS, PHILIP SPRINGER + TONY SPRINGER Recorded by Eartha Kitt, Madonna...


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