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The 10 Most Played Christmas Songs

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Nat King Cole

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, which is more well-known by the acronym ASCAP, collects royalties for songwriters from businesses that  license songs for commercial use. This includes broadcast television, cable television, background music services, restaurants, bars, theme parks, radio stations, and more. So when you hear songs on the radio, it's not free, someone is getting paid.

During the holiday season, the airwaves become crowded with Christmas music. My wife turns to the "Christmas station" as soon as it becomes available. And there are millions like her. This means that copyright holders who are lucky enough to score a Christmas hit can look forward to a nice fat Christmas bonus year after year.

For this playlist I've pulled together the top 10 most played Christmas songs according to ASCAP. These are the songs that you simply cannot avoid if you turn your radio on this time of year.

Merry Christmas!

The 10 Most Played Christmas Songs

1. The Christmas Song - Nat King Cole

2. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas - Pretenders

3. Winter Wonderland - Eurythmics

4. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town - Bruce Springsteen

5. White Christmas - Bing Crosby

6. Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow - Andy Williams

7. Jingle Bell Rock - Bobby Helms

8. The Little Drummer Boy - Harry Simeone Chorale

9. Sleigh Ride - The Ronettes

10. Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer - Gene Autry

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