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Most-Played Holiday Songs

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ASCAP has released its list of most-played songs of the holiday season. For the second year in a row, “Sleigh Ride” tops the list. Since October 1, 2011, “Sleigh Ride” has aired 64,317 times, making it the most-played holiday song so far this holiday season. Although it depicts a wondrous winter scene, “Sleigh Ride” was written originally by Leroy Anderson on a hot summer day in 1946 in Woodbury, Connecticut. Initially composed as an instrumental piece, The Boston Pops Orchestra gave the first performance May 4, 1948. After Mitchell Parish added lyrics in 1949, it has been recorded by hundreds of musicians since then. The top 10 most-played holiday songs so far this holiday season include:

1. “Sleigh Ride” – played 64,317. Most popular artist version performed by Leroy Anderson.

2. “Winter Wonderland” – played 54,741. Most popular artist version performed by Eurythmics.

3. “The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)” – played 50,796. Most popular artist version performed by Nat King Cole.

4. “Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!” – played 49,509 times. Most popular artist version performed by Dean Martin.

5. “Jingle Bell Rock” – played 47,100 times. Most popular artist version performed by Bobby Helms.

6.”It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year” – played 46,492 times. Most popular artist version performed by Andy Williams.

7.”Do You Hear What I Hear?” – played 41,633 times. Most popular artist version performed by Whitney Houston.

8. “It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas” – played 39,885 times. Most popular artist version performed by Bing Crosby.

9. “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” – played 38,395 times. Most popular artist version performed by The Carpenters.

10. “Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer” – played 37,266 times. Most popular artist version performed by Gene Autry.

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