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Favourite Christmas Songs

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Merry Christmas to all who celebrate! What are your go-to Christmas carols or songs?  Which holiday songs are most broadly favoured?

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On the serious side of Christmas, a personal nod for In The Bleak Midwinter, with music by Harold Darke set to a poem by Christina Rossetti. But, which holiday songs do we Canadians favour as a whole?

In 2018, CBC’s Early Edition did a forced pair vote-off until listeners revealed their favourite Christmas song. The final results? Bing for the win.

Canada’s Winning Christmas Song
i. White Christmas. Bing Crosby
ii. All I Want for Christmas. Mariah Carey
iii. Last Christmas. Wham
iv. Silent Night. Sarah McLachlan
v. O Holy Night. Celine Dion
vi. Santa Tell Me. Ariane Grande
vii. Christmas in Hollis. Run-DMC
viii. The Christmas Song. Mel Torme

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And what about other countries?

This year, YouGov surveyed more than 1200 British adults about their favourite Christmas songs.

Britons’ Favourite Christmas Songs 2020

i. Fairytale of New York
ii. All I Want for Christmas is You
iii. Last Christmas
iv. White Christmas
v. Merry Christmas Everybody
vi. Silent Night
vii. Driving Home for Christmas
viii. I Wish it could be Christmas Everyday
ix. O Holy Night
x. I Believe in Father Christmas

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Also in 2020, CardsChat pored through thousands of 1200 Spotify playlists and 110,000 songs to pull out the US’ Favorite Christmas songs.

Top Spotify US Christmas Songs 2020
i. All I Want for Christmas. Mariah Carey
ii. Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree. Brenda Lee
iii. It’s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year. Andy Williams
iv. Last Christmas. Wham
v. Jingle Bell Rock. Bobby Helms
vi. It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas. Michael Bublė
vii. White Christmas. Bing Crosby
viii. The Christmas Song. Nat King Cole
ix. Holly Jolly Christmas. Burl Ives
x. Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Frank Sinatra.

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Finally, Classic FM has just wrapped up their Nation’s Favourite Carol 2020 poll and the winner is: O Holy Night.

Classic FM’s 2020 Favourite Carol Poll

i. O Holy Night
ii. Silent Night
iii. In the Bleak Mid-Winter (Holst)
iv. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
v. In the Bleak Mid-Winter (Darke)
vi. O Come All Ye Faithful
vii. Carol of the Bells
viii. Once in the Royal David’s City
ix. O Little Town of Bethlehem
x. Joy to the World

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