American Jukebox

Dec 19, 2020 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

With Garrett Stack

Christmas Countdown: 30 Most Recorded Pop Xmas Songs


Based on extensive work by Record Research, Inc., the 30 most recorded pop Christmas songs are counted down.

If you're familiar with Joel Whitburn's Record Research, Inc., and their decades of analyzing pop, rock and soul Billboard chart performance, then you know this is the recognized authority. For this Top-30 Christmas Countdown, the team at Record Research took all the albums that have ever charted on the Christmas Charts through 2004, and they painstakingly looked at the titles on all those albums. By tracking the titles and the number of times they appeared, the list was compiled. In this program we do not include Christmas Carols, just secular songs on the list associated with the Christmas season.

You can probably guess many titles on the countdown. The artists that record them, however, are extremely varied. They range from classics like Perry Como to Euro-sound Boney M and all points between. And worth noting, the older the song the more times it is likely to have been recorded. Take a song like Santa Claus Is Coming To Town or Winter Wonderland, both written in the 1934, and you can see they have a better chance of being high on the list simply because they were around for 70 years, and recorded hundreds of times, when this list was made.

For the record, Silent Night is the most recorded Christmas song ever, if not the most recorded song of all in any genre, period. Considered a Christmas carol, however, it is not on this countdown. For that matter, neither is Joy To The World, O Holy Night or any other carols we love.

Get ready to count down the top-30 pop Christmas songs of all time, with three "countdown extras" (indicated by Xtra) included for the fun of it. Merry Christmas.

Garrett Stack

American Jukebox
4:02 PM
30- Perry Como (There's No Place Like) Home For The Holidays Robert Allen
Stars at Christmas: Elvis, Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra and many others, Vol. 1 Rapier Music UK8D41405021
4:05 PM
29 - The Drifters Please Come Home For Christmas
Christmas With The Drifters PnR GBLGL0008941
4:07 PM
28 - Carole King My Favorite Things Oscar Hammerstein II, Richard Rodgers
A Christmas Carole Universal Music Ireland Ltd. USHC41100114
4:11 PM
27 - Diana Krall Christmas Time Is Here Vince Guaraldi
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas GRP USGR19800110
4:15 PM
26 - Gene Autry & Rosemary Clooney The Night Before Christmas Song
170 Classic Children Christmas Songs - Canzoni Di Natale - Chansons De Noël - Weihnachtslieder Christmas Golden History ITHA01301657
4:18 PM
25 - Boney M. Mary's Boy Child / Oh My Lord Jester Hairston, Frank Farian, Fred Jay
Christmas with Boney M. MCI DED168000016
4:25 PM
24 - Pentatonix It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year Eddie Pola, George Wyle
That's Christmas To Me RCA Records Label USRC11402153
4:28 PM
23 - Word Harmonic Jolly Old St. Nicholas
A Swingin' Christmas Unison USCMG0401076
4:30 PM
XTRA - Vince Vance & the Valiants feat Lisa All I Want For Christmas Is You - Xtra
All I Want For Christmas Is You Waldoxy Records USWR50428181
4:35 PM
22 - Bette Midler What Are You Doing New Year's Eve? (Album Version) Frank Loesser
Cool Yule Columbia USSM10604674
4:40 PM
21 - Dion Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree Johnny Marks
Rock n' Roll Christmas (World) Capitol Records USESM9300017
4:43 PM
20 - Tiny Tim I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
Tiny Tim's Christmas Album Rounder USRO21901903
4:45 PM
19 - Chicago This Christmas
Chicago Christmas: What's It Gonna Be Santa Rhino USRH10300656
4:49 PM
18 - Charles Brown Merry Christmas, Baby
A Very Special Christmas 2 UMG - A&M USUG10400546
4:56 PM
XTRA - City of Prague Phil. Orch. & Chorus Christmas (Baby, Please Come Home) - Xtra Jeff Barry/Ellie Greenwich/Phil Spector
Prague: Greatest Christmas Chorale Silva Screen
4:57 PM
17 - Chet Atkins Jingle Bell Rock
Singles Collection 1946-62 Acrobat GBSUW1826919
5:01 PM
16 - Vanessa Williams Do You Hear What I Hear Noel Regney, Gloria Shayne Baker
20th Century Masters
5:07 PM
15 - Straight No Chaser Carol Of The Bells
Holiday Spirits (Deluxe) Atco/Atlantic USAT20803884
5:09 PM
14 - Big Bad Voodoo Daddy Blue Christmas
Everything You Want For Christmas Big Bad Records US3P60400053
5:13 PM
13 - The Ronettes Frosty the Snowman Steve Nelson, Jack Rollins
A Christmas Gift For You From Phil Spector Legacy Recordings USSM10905163
5:15 PM
12 - Jane Olivor Let It Snow Let It Snow Let It Snow / It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year Carter Cathart
Songs Of The Season UMG - Varese Sarabande US3M50128510
5:18 PM
11 - Johnny Mathis Sleigh Ride Leroy Anderson, Mitchell Parish
Johnny Mathis & Connie Francis Vintage Pleasure DEPZ67937498
5:21 PM
10 - John Denver Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer Johnny Marks
Some Christmas Music Sony Music CG USRC17507376
5:23 PM
9 - Kate Smith Silver Bells Ray Evans, Jay Livingston
The Polar Express - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Special Edition Warner Sunset/Reprise USRC10300122
5:26 PM
8 - Johnny Cash The Little Drummer Boy Henry Onorati, Harry Simeone, Katherine K. Davis
Little Drummer Boy (Country Christmas) The Music Factory GBCJQ1294357
5:29 PM
7 - Glen Campbell Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas Ralph Blaine
That Christmas Feeling Rarity Music IT0371603881
5:32 PM
6 - Josh Groban I'll Be Home For Christmas Buck Ram, Walter Kent
Noel 143/Reprise USRE10701710
5:36 PM
5 - The Crystals Santa Claus Is Coming to Town Coots
Rock 'N' Roll Christmas (Happy Holidays for Everyone) Columbia DES201689534
5:40 PM
XTRA - Darlene Love All Alone on Christmas - Xtra Steven Van Zandt
The Ultimate Christmas Album, Vol. 3 Collectables USAR19200209
5:44 PM
4 - Michael Bublé Jingle Bells (feat. The Puppini Sisters) James Lord Pierpont
Christmas 143/Reprise USRE11100702
5:47 PM
3 - Anne Murray Winter Wonderland Felix Bernard, Richard B. Smith
Christmas Wishes EMI Music Canada CAE159400319
5:50 PM
2- Donna Summer The Christmas Song
Christmas Spirit Universal Music Ireland Ltd. USPR39402247
5:54 PM
1 - David Foster White Christmas
The Christmas Album Interscope USIR19301040