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Appendix F

ASCAP Announced Top 25 Holiday Songs of the Century


As a prelude to the upcoming 85th anniversary of the founding of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, ASCAP President and Chairman Marilyn Bergman announced the Society's 25 most-performed holiday songs. 

"These classic songs brighten the season year after year, and are a cornerstone of the ASCAP repertory," she said. "Most of them have been recorded in renditions by artists in every genre, yet each song retains the original stamp of its creators." 

Irving Berlin's "White Christmas" heads the list of ASCAP holiday hits of the Twentieth Century. At about the same time, there was the following announcement:


ASCAP's Holiday CD

American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers

25 of the Most Performed Holiday Songs of the Century!

More than any other single element, music sets the mood for the holidays, evoking the magic of the season and memories of festive times past. Recorded over and over, and revived by each decade's most popular artists, holiday favorites remain timeless classics appealing to young and old alike.

ASCAP has created this collection based on 25 of our most performed holiday songs. The CD contains the best-known classic renditions of many of those songs from Bing Crosby's version of "White Christmas" to Brenda Lee's recording of "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree."

All net proceeds (over and above royalties) will be donated to benefit the music education programs of
The ASCAP Foundation.

$14.95 plus $2.95 shipping and handling [As of the original date of this advertisement by ASCAP]
$8.45 from each CD sold will be donated to The ASCAP Foundation

Fun Facts about
"ASCAP presents... Holiday!"

Irving Berlin's "White Christmas" is the most recorded holiday song with well over 500 versions in dozens of languages. It was introduced in the film Holiday Inn in 1942 by Marjorie Reynolds and Bing Crosby, earning Berlin an Academy Award for Best Song. Featured here is a classic Bing Crosby recording.

Two other titles on this CD were introduced in films. Judy Garland sang "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" to Margaret O'Brien in Meet Me in St. Louis in 1944. "Silver Bells" was sung by Bob Hope and Marilyn Maxwell in The Lemon Drop Kid in 1950.

"We Need A Little Christmas" was introduced by Angela Landsbury in the 1966 Broadway musical Mame.

"I'll Be Home For Christmas" and "White Christmas" were both favorites with members of the armed forces in the Pacific during wartime.

Songwriter Johnny Marks penned three of the most performed holiday songs, "Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer," "Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree," and "A Holly Jolly Christmas."

The titles on the album span over 35 years. The "oldest" titles are "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town" and "Winter Wonderland," both written in 1934. The "youngest," is "Feliz Navidad," written in 1970.


  • Blue Christmas - Johnny Cash

  • Carol Of The Bells - Roger Wagner Chorale

  • The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire) - Mel Tormé

  • The Christmas Waltz - Rosemary Clooney

  • Feliz Navidad - José Feliciano

  • Frosty The Snowman - Patti Page

  • Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas - Judy Garland

  • Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane) - Gene Autry

  • A Holly Jolly Christmas - Burl Ives

  • I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus - Andy Williams

  • I'll Be Home For Christmas - Bing Crosby

  • It's Beginning To Look Like Christmas - Dionne Warwick

  • (There's No Place Like) Home For The Holidays - Debbie Reynolds

  • Jingle Bell Rock - Bobby Helms

  • Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! - Steve Lawrence & Eydie Gorme

  • The Little Drummer Boy - John Denver

  • Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree - Brenda Lee

  • Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer - Gene Autry

  • Santa Claus Is Coming To Town - Paul Anka

  • Silver Bells - The Stylistics

  • Sleigh Ride - Air Supply

  • We Need A Little Christmas - The Broadway Kids with Kathie Lee Gifford

  • What Are You Doing New Year's Eve? - Vic Damone

  • White Christmas - Bing Crosby

  • Winter Wonderland - Lou Rawls

All songs ASCAP

The official announcement was made on December 15, 1998.
As of December 13, 2003, the CD was apparently no longer available.

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Collections of Christmas Carols & Poetry
Compiled and Edited by
Douglas D. Anderson

Victorian Visions
A Christmas Poetry Collection

Divinely Inspired
A Christmas Poetry Collection

The Bridegroom Cometh
Poetry For The Advent

Other books by Doug Anderson

Once A Lovely Shining Star

A Christmas Poetry Collection

So Gracious Is The Time

A Christmas Poetry Collection

How Still The Night

The Christmas Poems of Father Andrew, S.D.C.

 Father and Daughter

Christmas Poems by Frances and William Havergal

Now, Now The Mirth Comes

Christmas Poetry by Robert Herrick

What Sudden Blaze Of Song

The Christmas Poems of Rev. John Keble

 A Holy Heavenly Chime

The Christmastide Poems of Christina Georgina Rossetti

All My Heart This Night Rejoices

The Christmas Poems of Catherine Winkworth

A Victorian Carol Book

Favorites from the 19th Century —
Still favorites today!

Other Books by Doug Anderson

A Psalter – A Book of the Psalms Arranged by Luther's Categories

Betbüchlein: A Personal Prayer Book, a recreation of Luther's 1529 prayer book

Daily Prayer

Luther's Passional

Luther's Writings on Prayer: A Selection

Devotions for the Advent – 2009
A new edition for 2010 is being prepared.

The Lenten Sermons of Martin Luther, Second Edition

Descriptions of all these volumes can be seen at
Books by Doug Anderson

Christmas is a wonderful, cheerful holiday.  Whether we spend it by a real tree or some Balsam Hill artificial Christmas trees, at the end of the day what matters is that we enjoy our time together with our loved ones. 

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