Music for Christmas > most popular past 5 years

Earlier this month, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers released a list of the most popular holiday songs for the past five years, based on number of performances.

The No. 1 tune is “The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)” penned by Mel Torme, when he was just 19, and Robert Wells, and sung by Nat King Cole. “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town” bolstered by Bruce Springsteen’s version, is No. 2.

The most recent song on the list comes in at No. 25. Paul McCartney’s “Wonderful Christmastime” was written in 1979. “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” first released in 1963 by Andy Williams, also has been increasingly popular due to newer versions by Amy Grant, Garth Brooks and Peabo Bryson.

1. “The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire),” Mel Torme, Robert Wells

2. “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town,” Fred Coots, Haven Gillespie

3. “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas,” Ralph Blane, Hugh Martin

4. “Winter Wonderland,” Felix Bernard, Richard B. Smith

5. “White Christmas,” Irving Berlin

6. “Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!,” Sammy Cahn, Jule Styne

7. “Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer,” Johnny Marks

8. “Jingle Bell Rock,” Joseph Carleton Beal, James Ross Boothe

9. “I’ll Be Home For Christmas,” Walter Kent, Kim Gannon, Buck Ram

10. “Little Drummer Boy,” Katherine K. Davis, Henry V. Onorati, Harry Simeone

11. “Sleigh Ride,” Leroy Anderson, Mitchell Parish

12. “It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year,” Edward Pola, George Wyle

13. “Silver Bells,” Jay Livingston, Ray Evans

14. “Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree,” Johnny Marks

15. “Feliz Navidad,” Jose Feliciano

16. “Blue Christmas,” Billy Hayes, Jay W. Johnson

17. “Frosty The Snowman,” Steve Nelson, Walter E. Rollins

18. “A Holly Jolly Christmas,” Johnny Marks

19. “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus,” Tommie Connor (PRS)

20. “Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane),” Gene Autry, Oakley Haldeman

21. “It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas,” Meredith Willson

22. “(There’s No Place Like) Home For The Holidays,” Bob Allen, Al Stillman

23. “Carol Of The Bells,” Peter J. Wilhousky, Mykola Leontovich

24. “Santa Baby,” Joan Ellen Javits, Philip Springer, Tony Springer

25. “Wonderful Christmastime,” Paul McCartney (PRS)