ASCAP Announces Top 25 Holiday Songs
Posted November 13, 2007
"Winter Wonderland" Tops Most Performed Song List Covering Past Five Years
NEW YORK, NY (Marketwire – November 12, 2007) – As the holiday season approaches and seasonal music begins to fill the airwaves, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) the first and leading U.S. Performing Rights Organization representing over 300,000 music creators and copyright owners today announced its Top 25 most performed holiday songs for the past five years, based on performance data tracked by radio airplay monitoring service Mediaguide.
Mediaguide, co-owned by ASCAP, was launched in 2002 to monitor radio broadcast music in real-time and facilitate the accurate distribution of royalty payments to songwriters, composers and publishers. Its proprietary technology and network of over 2,600 radio stations currently tracks more stations and total airplay than any other monitoring service in the U.S.
Members of the press who would like a custom week-to-week or local run of "real-time" 2007 holiday song airplay may contact Kathleen Reynolds (CooperKatz for Mediaguide) at 212-455-8062 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Marilyn Bergman, ASCAP President and Chairman, said: "More than anything else, music sets the mood for the Holidays, evoking the magic of the season and memories of Holidays past. These timeless classics have been recorded by artists in every genre, yet each song retains the original stamp of its creators."
Topping the list for the first time is "Winter Wonderland" by Felix Bernard and Richard B. Smith. This perennial, written in 1934, was an instant hit for legendary bandleader Guy Lombardo And His Royal Canadians who took it to the #2 spot on the Billboard charts the same year. 1946 recordings by the Andrews Sisters and Perry Como established the song as a Yuletide favorite. Versions by the Eurythmics, Jewel and Air Supply are frequently heard on radio today.
Re-entering the Top 25 list after a brief hiatus is Paul McCartney's "Wonderful Christmastime." Written in 1979, the song enjoys significant holiday season popularity both in the U.K. and the U.S. Paul McCartney is a member of the PRS the U.K.'s Performing Right Society who licenses his music through ASCAP for the U.S.
The Top 25 most performed ASCAP holiday songs of the past five years are listed below. Each song includes songwriter credits, and cites the most popular artist version played on radio.
Some facts about the Top 25 ASCAP Holiday Songs:
Established in 1914, ASCAP is the first and leading U.S. Performing Rights Organization representing the world's largest repertory totaling over 8.5 million copyrighted musical works of every style and genre from more than 300,000 songwriter, composer and music publisher members. ASCAP has representation arrangements with over 90 music rights organizations such that the ASCAP repertory is represented in nearly every country around the world. ASCAP protects the rights of its members and foreign affiliates by licensing the public performances of their copyrighted works and distributing royalties based upon surveyed performances. ASCAP is the only American Performing Rights Organization owned and governed by its writer and publisher members. www.ascap.com