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December 9, 2011

#988: Tradition


The 20 most-played Christmas songs (2000-2009 radio airplay) by decade of popular release

[[A bar chart labeled on the X-axis with the decades “1900s” through “2000s” labeled. Each bar has, as one unit, a labeled song.

“1900s”, “1910s”, “1920s”, “1980s”, “1990s”, and “2000s” are empty.

“1930s” has “Santa Claus is Coming to Town”.

“1940s” has “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”, “Winter Wonderland”, “Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire”, “Let it Snow”, “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”, “I’ll be Home for Christmas”, and “White Christmas”.

“1950s” has “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree”, “Jingle Bell Rock”, “Blue Christmas”, “Little Drummer Boy”, “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus”, “Silver Bells”, “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas”, “Sleigh Ride”, and “Frosty the Snowman”

“1960s” has “Holly Jolly Christmas” and “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year”

“1970s” has “Feliz Navidad”]]

Every year, American culture embarks on a massive project to carefully recreate the Christmases of Baby Boomers’ childhoods.