12/22/14

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.
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.

#titleartistyear
40The Happy ReindeerDancer, Prancer and Nervous1959
39Marshmallow WorldBing Crosby1950
38Santa Claus Is Watching YouRay Stevens1962
37Santa and the Satellite (Parts 1 and 2)Buchanan and Goodman1957
36Little Altar BoysVic Dana1961
35Merry Christmas PolkaAndrews Sisters1950
34Baby's First ChristmasConnie Francis1961
33Little Saint NickBeach Boys1963
32Merry Christmas DarlingCarpenters1970
31Snoopy's ChristmasRoyal Guardsmen1967
30Pretty PaperRoy Orbison1963
29Santa BabyEartha Kitt1953
28Mary's Boy ChildHarry Belafonte1956
27I Yust Go Nuts At ChristmasYogi Yorgesson1949
26It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like ChristmasPerry Como1951
25Home For The HolidaysPerry Como1954
24Christmas In KilarneyDennis Day1950
23Lonesome Christmas (Part 1)Lowell Fulson1950
22All I Want For Christmas Is My Two Front TeethSpike Jones 1948
21Merry Christmas BabyCharles Brown1948

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