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 4 of the 12 Days Of Casey is an episode of American Top 40, featuring the first 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. The countdown contains lots of songs HERC had either forgotten about or never knew. The average release year of the bottom 20 is 1956.
|40||The Happy Reindeer||Dancer, Prancer and Nervous||1959|
|39||Marshmallow World||Bing Crosby||1950|
|38||Santa Claus Is Watching You||Ray Stevens||1962|
|37||Santa and the Satellite (Parts 1 and 2)||Buchanan and Goodman||1957|
|36||Little Altar Boys||Vic Dana||1961|
|35||Merry Christmas Polka||Andrews Sisters||1950|
|34||Baby's First Christmas||Connie Francis||1961|
|33||Little Saint Nick||Beach Boys||1963|
|32||Merry Christmas Darling||Carpenters||1970|
|31||Snoopy's Christmas||Royal Guardsmen||1967|
|30||Pretty Paper||Roy Orbison||1963|
|29||Santa Baby||Eartha Kitt||1953|
|28||Mary's Boy Child||Harry Belafonte||1956|
|27||I Yust Go Nuts At Christmas||Yogi Yorgesson||1949|
|26||It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas||Perry Como||1951|
|25||Home For The Holidays||Perry Como||1954|
|24||Christmas In Kilarney||Dennis Day||1950|
|23||Lonesome Christmas (Part 1)||Lowell Fulson||1950|
|22||All I Want For Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth||Spike Jones||1948|
|21||Merry Christmas Baby||Charles Brown||1948|