AMERICA’S TOP TESTING CHRISTMAS SONGS OF 2022
Are America’s all-Christmas radio stations playing the right songs? P1 Media Group’s annual Christmas Music Research is here. P1 Media Group, a global leader in media research and strategy, surveyed radio listeners nationwide likely to listen to an all-Christmas music radio station during the holiday season. We tested the appeal of the 40 most-played and 40 most-streamed Christmas songs from the 2021 Holiday Season, a total of 60 unique songs, according to Luminate’s holiday charts.
“Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” by Brenda Lee is America’s #1 Christmas song, edging “Jingle Bell Rock” by Bobby Helms for the first time in five years by a fraction of a percentage point. “Christmas music’s appeal remains as strong as ever amongst American radio listeners who listen to All Christmas stations ‘frequently’ or ‘sometimes’ and personally enjoy Christmas music on a local radio station during the holiday season,” says Ken Benson, Partner, and co-founder, of P1 Media Group. “As we often see, there is a lot to learn when we compare radio airplay to on-demand streaming data, even with holiday music. Understanding streaming data can help broaden the appeal of your station.”
- The Holiday Classics rule the Top 20, including “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree,” “Jingle Bell Rock,” and two versions of “Holly Jolly Christmas,” “Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” “It’s Beginning to Look a lot like Christmas,” and “Sleigh Ride.”
- 2021’s #1 Stream and Airplay song ”Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas is You” from 1994 is the newest song in the Top 20 and is the 6th highest testing Christmas song this year.
- This list includes the 19 Christmas songs from the Top 40 most-streamed that didn’t make the Top 40 most-played airplay chart. The research suggests that these 19 songs should be considered for airplay.
|Streaming Rank 2021||Airplay Rank 2021||Title||Artist||18-54 Appeal Score|
|7||103||Santa Tell Me||Ariana Grande||75.53|
|10||41||Underneath the Tree||Kelly Clarkson||76.4|
|11||42||Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)||Darlene Love||80.53|
|15||47||It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas||Perry Como||79.37|
|16||61||Run Rudolph Run||Chuck Berry||77.9|
|19||86||Home For the Holidays||Perry Como||79.77|
|23||84||Santa Baby||Eartha Kitt||78.47|
|24||134||Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas||Michael Bublé||82.7|
|29||64||Christmas Time Is Here||Vince Guaraldi Trio||68.06|
|31||565||Deck The Halls||Nat King Cole||79.53|
|32||222||What Christmas Means to Me||John Legend||70.21|
|33||164||Winter Wonderland||Darlene Love||78.26|
|34||125||Like It’s Christmas||Jonas Brothers||68.3|
|35||204||Baby, It’s Cold Outside||Dean Martin||75.29|
|37||308||Do You Want to Build a Snowman?||Kristen Bell||72.67|
|39||196||You Make It Feel Like Christmas||Gwen Stefani||65.68|
|40||67||Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays||‘N Sync||68.5|
There are ten new entries for 2022:
- #32 Frank Sinatra – Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow
- #34 Darlene Love – Winter Wonderland
- #35 Bruce Springsteen – Santa Claus is Coming to Town
- #40 Michael Bublé – It’s Beginning to Look a lot like Christmas
- #42 Taylor Swift – Last Christmas
- #53 John Legend– What Christmas Means to Me
- #55 N Sync – Merry Christmas, Happy Holiday
- #56 Sia – Snowman
- #57 Jonas Brothers – Like it’s Christmas
- #60 Gwen Stefani – You Make it Feel Like Christmas
Download the Top 63 Christmas Songs HERE!
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ABOUT THE SURVEY
P1 Media Group conducted the online survey the weekend of October 28-30, 2022. We sampled 400 18-54-year-old radio listeners from the Top 50 American Radio Markets. Participants were required to listen either “Frequently” or “Sometimes” to an all-Christmas Music local radio station during the holiday season and rate their personal enjoyment of Christmas music on a local radio station during the holiday season a ‘7’ or higher on a 1 to 10 scale. We identified “Heavy Streamers” by asking each respondent “How frequently you listen to music on your smartphone, computer or other listening device from a streaming service such as Pandora, Spotify or Apple Music.” 50% of the sample responded they stream “everyday” and 25% answered a “few days” a week. 75% of the total sample were designated as “Heavy Streamers.”
The test list was compiled from the most-played Christmas Songs on American radio in 2021 and the most-streamed Christmas songs in America in 2021, according to Luminate. The full results are available http://p1mediagroup.com For more info, email Ken Benson firstname.lastname@example.org
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