December 18, 2012
RADIO IS ROCKIN’ WITH THE SOUNDS OF THE SEASON
It’s that time of the year where thousands of radio stations from New York to California, and everywhere in between, are pumping out Christmas songs.
Some radio stations sprinkle in holiday favorites between their normal fare, while others, looking for a ratings boost, will go wall-to-wall holiday favorites and program Christmas tunes 24 hours a day, like New York’s WLTW-FM.
But when you look at a list of the most played Christmas songs on American radio this season, it’s evident that people prefer what’s familiar to them. They love the songs they grew up with.
According to Mediabase, these are the Top Five most played songs on U.S. radio this Christmas season:
1. Holly Jolly Christmas—Burl Ives
2. Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree—Brenda Lee
3. Jingle Bell Rock—Bobby Helms
4. The Most Wonderful Time of the Year—Andy Williams
5. The Christmas Song—Nat King Cole
6. Happy Xmas/War is Over—John Lennon
7. Feliz Navidad—Jose Feliciano
8. Do They Know It’s Christmas—Band Aid
9. All I Want For Christmas—Mariah Carey
10. Wonderful Christmas—Paul McCartney
In time for Christmas every year, new artists and legacy artists release their versions of the holiday classics or a newly written seasonal song.
Among the classic artists who have new CD releases this year, Rod Stewart and the rock band Chicago have scored in the Top Ten of radio airplay.
Both Stewart and Chicago are being heard on hundreds of radio stations with their version of the classic, “Let It Snow, Let It Snow.” The 67-year-old British bred crooner features the song on his first holiday release ever, “Merry Christmas, Baby.”
Chicago’s treatment of “Let It Snow” is included on their new 2 CD set, “The Ultimate Christmas Collection,” along with 33 other seasonal favorites. The Chicago version spotlights the lead vocals of Lee Loughnane.
Other artists that have new product for Christmas:
--Cee Lo Green