CREATED Dec. 21, 2013
Who knew there was such competition for dominance among decades-old holiday standards? After four years atop the list of most played holiday songs, "Sleigh Ride" relinquished its top place this year to "Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!," written in 1945.
The list tracks the most played holiday songs of the season so far, with the tracking period having begun Nov. 1. It was compiled by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), which boasts that its songwriter members penned all 10 of this year's top songs.
"Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!" was written by lyricist Sammy Cahn and composer Jule Styne in Hollywood, Calif., in July 1945 on what was reportedly the hottest day of the year. It was first recorded by Vaughn Monroe and has since become a holiday standard that has been re-recorded my numerous artists, including Jewel (2013), Rod Stewart (2012), "Glee's" Darren Criss (2011) and Lady Antebellum (2010). While Dean Martin's version is the most popular, other versions of the tune have been recorded by artists including Frank Sinatra, Herb Alpert, Carly Simon, Michael Bublé, Andy Williams and Boyz II Men.
Here are the top 10 most played holiday songs of the season.
1. "Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!"
Written by Sammy Cahn, Jule Styne
Most popular version performed by Dean Martin
2. "Sleigh Ride"
Written by Leroy Anderson, Mitchell Parish
Most popular version performed by Leroy Anderson
3. "It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas"
Written by Meredith Willson
Most popular version performed by Johnny Mathis
4. "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree"
Written by Johnny Marks
Most popular version performed by Brenda Lee
5. "Jingle Bell Rock"
Written by Joseph Carleton Beal, James Ross Boothe
Most popular version performed by Bobby Helms
6. "Winter Wonderland"
Written by Felix Bernard, Richard B. Smith
Most popular version performed by Amy Grant
7. "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year"
Written by Edward Pola, George Wyle
Most popular version performed by Andy Williams
8. "Do You Hear What I Hear?"
Written by Gloria Shayne Baker, Noël Regney
Most popular version performed by Whitney Houston
9. "Frosty the Snowman"
Written by Steve Nelson, Walter E. Rollins
Most popular version performed by Jimmy Durante
10. "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town"
Written by Fred Coots, Haven Gillespie
Most popular version performed by Bruce Springsteen
Listen to all 10 tracks here