From Burl Ives to 'N Sync, some of the biggest hits of recent memory.
They are the gifts that keep on giving for the artists that record them, the labels that release them and the radio stations and streaming services that play them. The first chart is the top 25 Christmas songs that dominated the radio from Nov. 27, 2013 to Dec. 31, 2013, according to Nielsen BDS, and the chart below that is the 25 best-selling holiday albums since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking sales in 1991.
NOTEWORTHY ON THE RADIO TOP 25
No. 1 -- "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree," Brenda Lee: This 1958 hit, sung by a 13-year-old Lee, wasn’t songwriter Johnny Marks’ only indelible contribution to the holiday season. He also wrote “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and the songs for the classic 1964 Rankin-Bass stop-motion TV special of the same name. “Rockin’” plays when Rudolph meets his new reindeer friend, Fireball.