Neilsen also reported that the most streamed holiday song is Mariah Carey’s All I Want for Christmas is You at 662,000 streams. Really? She’s an excellent singer and I like this song but as the number one streamed holiday song? I’m a little surprised by that. I’d much prefer it be Ertha Kitt doing Santa Baby. Now we’re talking.
The number one most played holiday song on broadcast radio is Bobby Helms’ Jingle Bell Rock, with 12,000 spins. OK, not too exciting either, but it’s better than the Muppets' version, which my kids’ loved for years and still puts my nerves on edge. I’m no fan of any holiday song that gets little kids who are already revved up for Santa’s arrival for the whole month of December even more revved up. For my kids it was the audio equivalent of giving them a bar of chocolate and a venti peppermint mocha frappuccino blended beverage - right before bed in Christmas Eve.
However, it’s all still an improvement over the (seemingly) most played song during my childhood, which involved Grandma and a reindeer. Ugh.
What are your most or least favorite holiday songs? Let’s hear them in the comments.