Ah, yes. Holiday music. You either love it or hate it— there is no in between. From retail stores to the radio stations that devote themselves solely to the holidays each season, you can’t escape the joyful, jingle-bell-ridden tracks that will be stuck in your head well into January.
The company PlayNetwork works with 400 brands to compile their playlists for their stores. They’ve put together a list that shows the songs that will be played in retail the most, which if you do any gift-shopping that’s not purely online, you’ll most definitely hear it. And if you work in retail, apologies to you because you’ll hear them ALL. THE. TIME.
This year, a song has beat out the ever-popular “All I Want For Christmas Is You” by Mariah Carey. Thank God, because it’s been the most-played song for the holidays since its release in 1994. 20 years is enough for a song to top the list, is it not?
Without further ado, here is the PlayNetwork-compiled list of songs you’ll hear the most this season while holiday shopping.
1) The Shins “Wonderful Christmastime”
2) Mariah Carey “All I Want For Christmas Is You”
3) Christina Aguilera “Christmas Time”
4) Waitresses “Christmas Wrapping”
5) Jack Johnson “Someday At Christmas”
6) Kelly Clarkson “Underneath The Tree”
7) Michael Buble “A Holly Jolly Christmas”
8) Bing Crosby “White Christmas”
9) Train “What Christmas Means To Me”
10) Ella Fitzgerald “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas”
11) Coldplay “Christmas Lights”
12) Jose Feliciano “Feliz Navidad”
13) Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings “White Christmas”
14) Vince Guaraldi Trio “Christmas Time Is Here”
15) Sam Smith “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas”
16) Pentatonix “The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire)”
17) Paul McCartney “Wonderful Christmastime”
18) She & Him “Baby, It’s Cold Outside”
19) Elvis Presley “Blue Christmas”
20) Darlene Love “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)”
The Shins! Really! Some of the rest may not sound familiar, but I can almost guarantee that’d you’d recognize it if you heard it.
Happy holidays, gift-shoppers. May all your holiday wishes come true, and may each of these songs get stuck in your heads for days to come.