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The Top 10 Christmas songs of 2012

The numbers are in! This annual report arrives from ASCAP which has spent all last month crunching numbers the way the rest of us crunch brandy snaps.

Here they are!

10. "It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas"

Written by Meredith Willson

Most popular artist version performed by Bing Crosby

 

9. "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree"

Written by Johnny Marks

Most popular artist version performed by Brenda Lee

 

8. "Jingle Bell Rock"

Written by Joseph Carleton Beal, James Ross Boothe

Most popular artist version performed by Bobby Helms

 

7. "The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)"

Written by Mel Tormé, Robert Wells

Most popular artist version performed by Nat King Cole

 

6. "Do You Hear What I Hear?"

Written by Gloria Shayne Baker, Noël Regney

Most popular artist version performed by Whitney Houston

 

5. "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town"

Written by Fred Coots, Haven Gillespie

Most popular artist version performed by Bruce Springsteen

 

4. "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas"

Written by Ralph Blane, Hugh Martin

Most popular artist version performed by The Carpenters

 

3. "Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!"

Written by Sammy Cahn, Jule Styne

Most popular artist version performed by Harry Connick Jr.

 

2. "Winter Wonderland"

Written by Felix Bernard, Richard B. Smith

Most popular artist version performed by Eurythmics

 

... And the No. 1 song? The colossal Christmas hit sung by the most popular performer? The song that has the whole country humming?

 

Of course, it's Adolphe Adam's "Cantique de Noel," sung by the great Swedish tenor Jussi Bjorling.

 

 

OK, just kidding. We just wanted you to listen to Jussi Bjorling singing "O Holy Night." It is fantastic.

 

But ASCAP's actual No. 1 hit is a classic. It's Leroy Anderson's "Sleigh Ride." The most popular performer is, yes, Leroy Anderson.

 

Let's hear it for those old chestnuts!

 

-- Mary Kunz Goldman

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