ASCAP Releases Top-5 Holiday Songs On Country Radio
December 3, 2010 at 7:12 AM (PT)
ASCAP has announced the top-5 holiday songs being played on Country radio, based on performance data tracked by radio airplay monitoring service MEDIAGUIDE.
Since NOVEMBER 1st, 2010, "Jingle Bell Rock," co-written by JOSEPH CARLETON BEAL and JAMES ROSS BOOTHE, has aired 2,750 times, making it the most-played holiday song on Country radio stations so far this holiday season. Artists like RASCAL FLATTS, BRENDA LEE, RANDY TRAVIS and AMY GRANT have recorded the song, but the original recording by BOBBY HELMS is currently the most popular version being played on Country radio.
Coming in at numbers 2-5 are: “White Christmas” (written by IRVING BERLIN, performed by BING CROSBY, played 2,524 times), “It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year” (written by EDWARD POLA and GEORGE WYLE, performed by ANDY WILLIAMS, played 2,220 times), “Sleigh Ride” (written by LEROY ANDERSON and MITCHELL PARISH, performed by LEROY ANDERSON, played 1,950 times) and “A Holly Jolly Christmas” (written by JOHNNY MARKS, performed by BURL IVES, played 1,752 times).
ASCAP/NASHVILLE VP/Managing Exec. TIM DuBOIS said: "This collection of songs brightens the holidays year after year. There's a sense that people tend to gravitate towards tradition, especially at the holidays, and our list confirms this. 'Jingle Bell Rock' has consistently ranked high on ASCAP's holiday songs list, and I anticipate it will continue to receive significant airplay on Country radio this season."