What's the Most Popular Christmas Song?
Most popular musical artists have released a Christmas album at some point, so there are no shortage of fun Christmas songs out there to listen to no matter what your style of music. But not all Christmas songs are created equally. Some have been recorded hundreds of times, while others have less than 50 recordings. Luckily for us, Time Magazine has catalogued a list of every copyrighted recording of each Christmas song since 1978. Here are the top 10 most recorded songs (as of 2014 when the list was made).
1. Silent Night
Silent Night has been recorded 733 times, making it almost twice as popular as the second most recorded song. Its simple melody and lullaby style make it a great fit for all kinds of voices.
2. Joy to the World
The Christmas season is one of the most joyful times of year, which is probably why Joy to the World has been recorded 391 times.
3. O Holy Night
There is no better song for a powerhouse singer than Oh Holy Night. 374 individual artists have belted out this power ballad.
4. What Child Is This?
There's something eternal about this tune, first used for Greensleeves and later adapted to What Child is This. Since 1978 it has been recorded 329 times.
5. Away in a Manger
Away in a Manger is the kind of simple melody you can't but to sing along with. 300 artists have made it their own.
6. O Come All Ye Faithful
Sometimes there's nothing quite like a classic Christmas song. This is one of those songs that has been around for a long time and will continue to be a favorite. It has been recorded 296 times.
7. White Christmas
The message of this song is something that almost everyone can relate to. That nostalgia for the Christmases of your youth and the ideal snow covered landscape. 283 people have related to it enough to record their own version.
8. Ave Maria
Ave Maria is different from all the other songs on this list. It's a religious song sung in Latin. Most of the 270 recordings of this song are probably choirs and classical singers.
9. Jingle Bells
Jingle Bells is a fun kind of Christmas song that always indicates the beginning of the holiday season. 254 recordings of it have been made.
10. The Christmas Song
This song is actually tied for 9th place with 254 recordings. It's the perfect song to get people into that Christmas mood.