12/14/14

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.
Near the end of his long and illustrious broadcasting career, Casey Kasem recorded several Christmas music themed shows for his latter day countdowns American Top 20 and American Top 10.  We begin the 12 Days Of Casey with the bottom half of Casey's 60 Top Christmas Songs, originally broadcast on American Top 10
The show was originally broadcast across two consecutive weekends back in 2005 and has since been re-aired that way nearly every year via the Premiere Radio Network.  The countdown is somewhat dated by the inclusion of Extras, more current songs that were interspersed within the countdown as well as Casey's noticeably aged voice.  Still, the program is very nearly wall-to-wall Christmas music and a favorite around The Hideaway.  Casey introduces himself as both Casey Kringle and Casey Claus throughout the show as he name checks Christmas-y sounding cities and towns across the U.S. such as Pasco, Detroit, Pineville, Navasota and Nacogdoches.  The charts below countdown the songs including those featured Extras as well as the song's position on the December 20, 2014 Billboard Holiday 100 chart.



#titleartistyearHoliday 100
60Santa Claus Is Coming to TownThe Jackson 5197061
59Someday At ChristmasStevie Wonder1967
What Christmas Means To MeJessica Simpson2004
58Grown Up Christmas ListAmy Grant1992
57Step Into ChristmasElton John1973
56Santa BabyMadonna1987
Ave MariaBarry Manilow1992
55I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa ClausJohn Cougar Mellencamp1987
54The Little Drummer Boy / Peace On EarthBing Crosby with David Bowie1977
53Snoopy's ChristmasThe Royal Guardsmen1967
52Joy To The WorldThe Supremes1965
51Santa Claus Is Coming to TownBruce Springsteen198126



#titleartistyearHoliday 100
50Silent NightStevie Nicks with Robbie Nevil1987
Silver And GoldVanessa Williams2004
49Last ChristmasWham!19845
48The Chipmunk SongThe Chipmunks195876
47Here Comes Santa Claus (Down Santa Claus Lane)Gene Autry194758
46Silver BellsGloria Estefan1993
Christmas TimeBackstreet Boys1997
45Please Come Home For ChristmasEagles197837
44Little Saint NickThe Beach Boys196351
43All I Want For Christmas Is YouMariah Carey19942
Where Are You, Christmas?Faith Hill2000
42Blue ChristmasElvis Presley195723
41Frosty The SnowmanThe Ronettes1963
O Holy NightJosh Groban2002
The Night Before ChristmasCarly Simon1992




#titleartistyearHoliday 100
40
Wonderful ChristmastimePaul McCartney197917
39You're A Mean One, Mr. GrinchThurl Ravenscroft196650
38We Need A Little ChristmasPercy Faith1966
The Christmas ShoesNewsong2000
37Caroling, CarolingNat "King" Cole1960
36Christmas Time Is Here (vocal)Vince Guaraldi Trio1965
The Christmas SongMichael Bublé2003
35Do They Know It's Christmas?Band Aid198474
34Christmas Time Is Here (instrumental)Vince Guaraldi Trio196538
33Have Yourself A Merry Little ChristmasPretenders1987
The First NoelKarla Bonoff1995
32Christmas CanonThe Trans-Siberian Orchestra199820
31Deck The HallsManheim Steamroller1984

grayed out songs are the Extras in the sequence they were broadcast and are not included in the playlist below while the green titles are the ones currently unavailable via Spotify


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