In somewhat of a countdown fashion, HERC will be featuring a different Casey Kasem Christmas show or countdown each day from now until December 25th, in reverse chronological order, starting with the most recent and ending with the very first American Top 40 Christmas countdown from 1971.
Day 3 of the 12 Days Of Casey is an episode of American Top 40, featuring the second half of Casey's second "All-Time Christmas Countdown" of the Top 40 Christmas Songs. Casey explains the rankings process:
Our rankings for the All-time Christmas Countdown are based on the AT40 staff's interpretation of thirty-three years' worth of surveys published by Billboard Magazine, including record sales, air-play, jukebox-play, sheet music sales, and continued popularity over the years. In our opinion, a fair ranking of the hit songs of Christmas.
This holiday countdown originally aired on December 22nd, 1973, when HERC was all of seven years old. Maybe he heard it back then or maybe he didn't but thanks to Premiere Networks, he has heard a replay of that show. Interesting to note that many of the top 20 songs were played along with medleys of other versions of the same song and #19 wasn't played at all because producers couldn't find a copy of the record in broadcast quality. (All 20 songs are in playlist below.) The average release year of the top 20 is 1951 and Bing Crosby has the Top 20 on lock with four songs on the chart. (It is HERC's humble holiday opinion that Der Bingle's version of #6 should also be on the chart.) And where in the happy heck is "Jingle Bells" by them ol' Singing Dogs? It was all over the radio in 1973.
|20||I'll Be Home For Christmas||Bing Crosby||1943|
|19||You're All I Want For Christmas||Frankie Laine||1948|
|18||Nuttin' For Christmas||Barry Gordon||1955|
|17||I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus||Jimmy Boyd||1952|
|16||Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree||Brenda Lee||1958|
|15||Here Comes Santa Claus||Gene Autry||1947|
|14||Sleigh Ride||Leroy Anderson||1948|
|13||Please Come Home For Christmas||Charles Brown||1960|
|12||Frosty The Snowman||Gene Autry||1950|
|11||The Chipmunk Song||Alvin & the Chipmunks||1958|
|10||Santa Claus Is Coming To Town||Bing Crosby||1942|
|9||Jingle Bells||Bing Crosby||1943|
|8||Blue Christmas||Elvis Presely||1957|
|7||Winter Wonderland||Ray Coniff||1959|
|6||Silver Bells||Jimmy Wakely and Margaret Whiting||1950|
|5||Jingle Bell Rock||Bobby Helms||1957|
|4||The Christmas Song||Nat "King" Cole||1946|
|3||The Little Drummer Boy||Harry Simeone Chorale||1958|
|2||Rudolph The Red-Nosed Rendeer||Gene Autry||1949|
|1||White Christmas||Bing Crosby||1942|