The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) has announced the top ASCAP holiday songs of 2018. According to an ASCAP analysis of streaming and terrestrial radio data, the hit classic “All I Want for Christmas Is You,” written by ASCAP songwriter Walter Afanasieff and Mariah Carey, holds the No. 1 song position for the second year in a row.
Holiday tunes by other famous veteran pop and rock artists that also made the list include George Michael’s “Last Christmas” at No. 7, Jose Feliciano’s “Feliz Navidad” at No. 17 and Paul McCartney’s “Wonderful Christmastime” at No. 25.
In addition, the star-studded 1984 U.K. charity single “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” took the No. 24 spot. The track, which was co-written The Boomtown Rats’ Bob Geldof and Ultravox’s Midge Ure, features vocals by more than 20 artists, including George Michael, Bono, Sting, Phil Collins, Boy George, Simon LeBon and Bananarama.
“You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch,” an offbeat holiday favorite written by ASCAP members Theo Geisel (Dr. Seuss) and Albert Hague, lands on the ASCAP Top Holiday Songs list for the first time in many years at No. 15. A recent take on the classic, recorded by famed rapper Tyler, The Creator for the November release of the highly anticipated animated film The Grinch, show how the classic songs continue to appeal to new generations.
ASCAP’s Top 25 Holiday Songs For 2018, Along With Who Wrote Them:
- “All I Want for Christmas Is You” by Mariah Carey and Walter Afanasieff (1994)
- “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas” by Meredith Willson (1951)
- “A Holly Jolly Christmas” by Johnny Marks (1962)
- “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” by Johnny Marks (1958)
- “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” by Edward Pola and George Wyle (1963)
- “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” by Johnny Marks (1949)
- “Last Christmas” by George Michael (1984)
- “Jingle Bell Rock” by Joseph Carleton Beal and James Ross Boothe (1957)
- “Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow” by Sammy Cahn and Jule Styne (1945)
- “Sleigh Ride” by Leroy Anderson and Mitchell Parish (1951)
- “The Christmas Song” by Mel Tormé and Robert Wells (1946)
- “Here Comes Santa Claus (Down Santa Claus Lane)” by Gene Autry and Oakley Haldeman (1947)
- “White Christmas” by Irving Berlin (1941)
- “Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town” by Fred Coots and Haven Gillespie (1934)
- “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch” by Dr. Seuss and Albert Hague (1966)
- “Home for the Holidays” by Robert Allen and Al Stillman (1954)
- “Feliz Navidad” by Jose Feliciano (1970)
- “Frosty the Snowman” by Steve Nelson and Walter E. Rollins (1950)
- “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” by Ralph Blane and Hugh Martin (1943)
- “Santa Baby” by Joan Javits, Anthony Springer and Philip Springer (1953)
- “Blue Christmas” by Billy Hayes and Jay Johnson (1948)
- “Christmas Eve/Sarajevo 12/24” by Robert Kinkel, Paul O’Neill and John Oliva (1995)
- “Underneath the Tree” by Greg Kurstin and Kelly Clarkson (2013)
- “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” Bob Geldof and Midge Ure (1984)
- “Wonderful Christmastime” by Paul McCartney (1979)