The 20 Most Played Christmas Songs on Radio

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FiveThirtyEight‘s Walt Hickey has compiled a list of the most-played christmas songs on traditional radio.  To do this, Hickey looked at the most recently-played songs on iHeartMedia radio stations that only play holiday music this time of year.  Hickey looked at 8,000 songs from 70 radio stations.

The top 15 songs in this list account for almost exactly 50 percent of all songs on holiday radio. The top 53 songs account for 90 percent of all the songs.

1. Sleigh Ride

2. Winter Wonderland

3. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town

4. Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!

5. The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire)

6. It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas

7. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas

8. Holly Jolly Christmas

9. Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer

10. Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree

11. Frosty The Snowman

12. Last Christmas

13. Jingle Bell Rock

14. It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year

15. Santa Baby

16. Silver Bells

17. Carol Of The Bells

18. Happy Holidays

19. Happy Xmas (War Is Over)

20. Jingle Bells


5 Responses

  1. Willis

    No McCartney “Wonderful Christmas Time?” I hear that a ton during the holidays at retail establishments and on radio.

  2. Anonymous

    How come we never hear any christmas songs about the thousands and thousands of young children who were brutally and savagely murdered the same night???

    Or at least some pro King propaganda for Herod the Great then?? Labels are all Judahd up anyways, it makes no sense to me… I wish they just play their part and stay in their lane!

    Certainly his building and advancement significantly overlooks the brutal murderous rampage he was on, killing and slaughtering his own family over paranoia?? In fear and paranoid of Jesus thusly taking each and every young child from his people slaughtering them in front of the parents…

    Why not include oh Herod the Great into our yule time celebrations?? A genius builder and architect leading the way of advancement… Oh heil Herod the Great, a true leader…

  3. Roger Bixley

    Technically, these four are NOT CHRISTMAS SONGS. :

    1. Sleigh Ride
    2. Winter Wonderland
    4. Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!
    13. Jingle Bell Rock

    • Anonymous

      Technically anything having to do with Winter has something to do with Christmas, because the first thing that you think of when you think Winter is snow and Christmas. Therefore, because Christmas is basically the embodiment of Winter, everything about Winter is about Christmas.