ASCAP has come out with its Top 10 list of most-played Christmas songs.
You can probably guess all 10 of the songs. With which, here is a game that is fun to play. Before you look at the list, take a piece of paper, or a blank screen, and try to guess the 10 on your own and list them, in order of popularity, with No. 1 being the most-played, and on down.
Then look at the list and see how you did.
I think I would have guessed the No. 1 song. But then I did not know enough to play the game.
You do not have to guess the artist but you get bonus points if you guess the most popular version of your songs. Make your guesses and the ASCAP list will follow -- along with the mind-bogglingly huge number of times each song has been played on radio stations between Oct. 1 and Nov. 28, 2011.
Ready, set? Guess.
La la la la la.
If it does not distract you too much you may listen to this glistening Carmen Dragon arrangement of "It Came Upon a Midnight Clear." So beautiful! So Old Hollywood! Hint: This song is not on the list.
The envelope, please.
1. "Sleigh Ride" - played 64,317 times
Written by Leroy Anderson, Mitchell Parish
Most popular artist version performed by Leroy Anderson
2. "Winter Wonderland" - played 54,741 times
Written by Felix Bernard, Richard B. Smith
Most popular artist version performed by Eurythmics
3. "The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)" - played 50,796 times
Written by Mel Tormé, Robert Wells
Most popular artist version performed by Nat King Cole
4. "Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!" - played 49,509 times
Written by Sammy Cahn, Jule Styne
Most popular artist version performed by Dean Martin
5. "Jingle Bell Rock" - played 47,100 times
Written by Joseph Carleton Beal, James Ross Boothe
Most popular artist version performed by Bobby Helms
6."It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year" - played 46,492 times
Written by Edward Pola, George Wyle
Most popular artist version performed by Andy Williams
7."Do You Hear What I Hear?" - played 41,633 times
Written by Gloria Shayne Baker, Noël Regney
Most popular artist version performed by Whitney Houston
8. "It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas" - played 39,885 times
Written by Meredith Willson
Most popular artist version performed by Bing Crosby
9. "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" - played 38,395 times
Written by Ralph Blane, Hugh Martin
Most popular artist version performed by The Carpenters
10. "Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer" - played 37,266 times
Written by Johnny Marks
Most popular artist version performed by Gene Autry
-- Mary Kunz Goldman