"All I Want For Christmas Is You" Joins Christmas Classics As #1 ASCAP Holiday Song In 2017

"All I Want For Christmas Is You" Joins Christmas Classics As #1 ASCAP Holiday Song In 2017

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), a professional membership organization of songwriters, composers and music publishers, announces its Top Holiday Songs for 2017. According to an ASCAP analysis of streaming and terrestrial radio data, 1994's "All I Want For Christmas Is You," written by Walter Afanasieff and Mariah Carey, moves to #1, joining enduring Christmas classics like "A Holly Jolly Christmas" (written by Johnny Marks, © 1962) and "Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow" (written by Sammy Cahn and Jule Styne,  © 1945), at the top of the charts. (Check out ASCAP's interview with Afanaseiff about writing "All I Want" below.

Also gaining in popularity is another "recent" holiday song, George Michael's "Last Christmas" from 1984. The rest of the Top Ten Holiday Songs chart is dominated by old school ASCAP favorites: "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" (Johnny Marks, 1958), "Jingle Bell Rock" (Joseph Carleton Beal/James Ross Boothe, 1957), "It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas" (Meredith Willson, 1951), "Sleigh Ride" (Leroy Anderson/Mitchell Parish, 1950), "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" (Johnny Marks, 1949), and the 1960s hit, "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year," (Edward Pola/George Wyle, 1963). 

"Music is such an essential part of the holiday season, and beloved holiday favorites have lasting appeal across all generations, whether performed by Justin Bieber, Katy Perry and Ariana Grande, or Brenda Lee and Johnny Mathis," said Paul Williams, ASCAP President and award-winning songwriter. "As time has passed, new classics like 'All I Want for Christmas Is You' and 'Last Christmas' have evolved in the hearts and minds of music listeners, and taken their rightful place at the top of the today's holiday songs chart."

Below is a list of the ASCAP Top 25 Holiday Songs,* their writer(s) and the song's copyright date according to ASCAP records: 

  1. "All I Want for Christmas Is You" by Mariah Carey and Walter Afanasieff (1994) 
  2. "A Holly Jolly Christmas" by Johnny Marks (1962)
  3. "Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow" by Sammy Cahn and Jule Styne (1945) 
  4. "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" by Johnny Marks (1958)
  5. "Last Christmas" by George Michael (1984) 
  6. "Jingle Bell Rock" by Joseph Carleton Beal and James Ross Boothe (1957) 
  7. "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year" by Edward Pola and George Wyle (1963) 
  8. "It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas" by Meredith Willson (1951) 
  9. "Sleigh Ride" by Leroy Anderson and Mitchell Parish (1951) 
  10. "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" by Johnny Marks (1949)
  11. "White Christmas" by Irving Berlin (1941) 
  12. "Winter Wonderland" by Felix Bernard and Richard B. Smith (1934) 
  13. "Feliz Navidad" by Jose Feliciano (1970) 
  14. "Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town" by Fred Coots and Haven Gillespie (1934) 
  15. "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" by Ralph Blane and Hugh Martin (1943) 
  16. "Here Comes Santa Claus (Down Santa Claus Lane)" by Gene Autry and Oakley Haldeman (1947) 
  17. "The Christmas Song" by Mel Tormé and Robert Wells (1946) 
  18. "Frosty the Snowman" by Steve Nelson and Walter E. Rollins (1950) 
  19. "Christmas Eve/Sarajevo 12/24" by Robert Kinkel, Paul O'Neill and John Oliva (1995) 
  20. "Jingle Bells" by James Lord Pierpont; Frank Sinatra version arranged by Gordon Jenkins (ASCAP, 1958) 
  21. "Baby It's Cold Outside" by Frank Loesser (1948) 
  22. "Santa Baby" by Joan Javits, Anthony Springer and Philip Springer (1953) 
  23. "Run Rudolph Run" by John Marks and Marvin Broadie (1958) 
  24. "Blue Christmas" by Billy Hayes and Jay Johnson (1948) 
  25. "Wonderful Christmastime" by Paul McCartney (1979)

* Based on an analysis of Nielsen streaming and terrestrial radio data from Aug. 7, 2017 to Nov. 19, 2017.


The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a professional membership organization of songwriters, composers and music publishers of every kind of music. ASCAP's mission is to license and promote the music of its members and foreign affiliates, obtain fair compensation for the public performance of their works and to distribute the royalties that it collects based upon those performances. ASCAP members write the world's best-loved music and ASCAP has pioneered the efficient licensing of that music to hundreds of thousands of enterprises who use it to add value to their business - from bars, restaurants and retail, to radio, TV and cable, to Internet, mobile services and more. The ASCAP license offers an efficient solution for businesses to legally perform ASCAP music while respecting the right of songwriters and composers to be paid fairly. With more than 640,000 members representing more than 10 million copyrighted works, ASCAP is the worldwide leader in performance royalties, service and advocacy for songwriters and composers, and the only American performing rights organization (PRO) owned and governed by its writer and publisher members. Learn more and stay in touch at www.ascap.com, on Twitter and Instagram @ASCAP and on Facebook.

November 30, 2017 9:20am ET by Pressparty  

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