Top 25 ASCAP Holiday Songs for 2022

As cherished seasonal songs take over the radio and streaming playlists, filling the world with nostalgia and cheer, ASCAP shines a spotlight on the songwriters behind the songs that help listeners fall in love with the holidays. The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), a professional membership organization of songwriters, composers and music publishers, announces the Top 25 Holiday Songs of 2022. Featuring no fewer than 16 Songwriters Hall of Fame inductees, this year’s chart recognizes the songwriters whose beloved works are on constant rotation as the soundtrack to the festive season.
“It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas” returns to the top of the chart for the first time since 2019. The holiday classic, written by acclaimed Broadway composer Meredith Willson, originally debuted in 1951 as a hit for Perry Como & The Fontane Sisters. A familiar holiday album favorite, the tune has been covered by top artists including Meghan TrainorKelly Clarkson and Michael Bublé. It has also made appearances on both the screen and the stage with features in the popular Home Alone film franchise and the musical Here’s Love.
Next up on the list is “Sleigh Ride” by Leroy Anderson and Mitchell Parish at #2.
Johnny Marks’s fireside favorites “A Holly Jolly Christmas,” “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”and “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” take three of the top 10 spots as the undeniably classic songs continue to inspire new generations with holiday spirit.
Mariah Carey’s iconic modern day classic “All I Want for Christmas Is You,” written alongside acclaimed songwriter-producer Walter Afanasieff, returns to the top 10 after making history in 2021 as the first holiday song to sell over 10 million copies in the US, reaching RIAA diamond status. 


“It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas” by Meredith Willson** (1951)
“Sleigh Ride” by Leroy Anderson** and Mitchell Parish** (1948)
“A Holly Jolly Christmas” by Johnny Marks** (1962)
“Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow” by Sammy Cahn** and Jule Styne** (1945)
“Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” by Johnny Marks** (1949)
“Jingle Bell Rock” by Joseph Carleton Beal and James Ross Boothe (1958)
“It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” by Edward Pola and George Wyle (1963)
“Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town” by Fred Coots** and Haven Gillespie** (1934)
“All I Want for Christmas Is You” by Walter Afanasieff and Mariah Carey** (1994)
“Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” by Johnny Marks** (1958)
“White Christmas” by Irving Berlin** (1941)
“The Christmas Song” by Mel Tormé and Robert Wells (1946)
“Feliz Navidad” by José Feliciano (1970)
“Winter Wonderland” by Felix Bernard and Richard B. Smith (1934)
“Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” by Ralph Blane** and Hugh Martin** (1944)
“Frosty the Snowman” by Steve Nelson and Walter E. Rollins (1950)
“Here Comes Santa Claus (Down Santa Claus Lane)” by Gene Autry and Oakley Haldeman (1947)
“Jingle Bells” (Frank Sinatra version), arranged by Gordon Jenkins** (1958)
“You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch” by Dr. Seuss and Albert Hague (1966)
“Deck the Halls” (Nat King Cole version), arranged by Nat King Cole and Leland Gillette (1960)
“Santa Baby” by Joan Javits, Anthony Springer and Philip Springer (1953)
“Underneath the Tree” by Kelly Clarkson and Greg Kurstin (2013)
“Wonderful Christmastime” by Paul McCartney** (1979)
“Blue Christmas” by Billy Hayes and Jay Johnson (1949)
“Silver Bells” by Ray Evans** and Jay Livingston** (1950)

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