North Penn’s Top 10 Christmas songs

The Rockefeller Center Christmas tree is lit during the 86th annual Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting ceremony, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Mary Altaffer

The Rockefeller Center Christmas tree is lit during the 86th annual Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting ceremony, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

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TOWAMENCIN – With the official start of holiday season, it is inevitable to escape the jolly (and sometimes not so jolly) Christmas tunes playing in stores, on the radio, and in commercials everywhere. North Penn students were able to vote on a poll with some of the most popular Christmas songs, which was then narrowed down to the top 10.

10. “Run Rudolph Run” by Chuck Berry

In this 1958 Christmas hit, Chuck Berry takes a rock n’ roll spin on Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Perhaps this classic is so popular among North Penn students since it is featured in the well-known and loved Christmas movie Home Alone.

9. “The Christmas Song” by Nat King Cole

Although “The Christmas Song” was first recorded on a hot June day, it was quickly considered a quintessential Christmas classic. The song still proves to be a hit, as it was #3 on the Billboard Holiday 100 chart during Christmas of 2017.

8. “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” by Brenda Lee

Brenda Lee recorded this classic in 1958 when she was just thirteen years old. Although it was not originally a hit, it has gained popularity over the years and came in at #2 on the Billboard Holiday 100 chart during Christmas of 2017, just surpassing “The Christmas Song.”

7. “Happy Xmas (War Is Over)” by John Lennon

Released in 1972, this now-classic Christmas song was intended to be a form of protest for America’s involvement in the Vietnam War. It still continues to be a holiday favorite, as it reached #20 on the Billboard Holiday 100 chart last year.

6. “White Christmas” by Bing Crosby

Bing Crosby’s version of “White Christmas” has not only become a classic Christmas song, but the world’s best selling single. The song was released in 1942 and has an estimated 50 million copies sold.

5. “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” by Andy Williams

Andy Williams’ “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of of the Year” is a popular holiday tune, since it is featured in many movies and commercials during the holiday season (and can be heard on every shopping trip you take during this time, too). Last Christmas, the song came in at #4 on the Billboard Holiday 100 chart.

4. “The Chanukah Song” by Adam Sandler

Although it is not a Christmas song, “The Chanukah Song” has become a loved song by many people during the holiday season. The song was first performed by Adam Sandler on Saturday Night Live in 1994, and has become a classic ever since.

3. “Last Christmas” by Wham!

The 1984 pop song “Last Christmas” changed the game when it came to Christmas music. Instead of singing about the religious aspects of Christmas, the band sings about negative feelings revolving around the holidays, which many people can relate to. “Last Christmas” reached #6 on the Billboard Holiday 100 during the week of Christmas of 2017.

2. “Jingle Bell Rock” by Bobby Helms

Bobby Helms released “Jingle Bell Rock in 1957, and it has been a Christmas classic ever since. The song managed to reach #7 on the Billboard Holiday 100 chart during the week of Christmas of 2017. A cover of the song was even featured in Mean Girls, a widely popular film among North Penn students.

1. “All I Want For Christmas Is You” by Mariah Carey

Of course, Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas Is You” came in as North Penn’s favorite Christmas song. This song has become iconic among younger generations and managed to stay at #1 on the Billboard Holiday 100 for 28 weeks in a row during the 2017 holiday season.

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