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'The Christmas Song,' Our Favorite Chestnut

Of all the records played during the holidays, 'The Christmas Song' is the one most often aired. hide caption

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Which holiday song are you most likely to hear on the radio this time of year? "The Christmas Song" is a safe bet... especially the 1946 version by Nat "King" Cole. So says the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), which traced the Top 25 most-played holiday tracks of the past 50 years. Here's the list, with composers:

1. The Christmas Song - 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 - José 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