Well, it's hard to believe, but we've been back on for a week already! And we already have listeners in 47 states, Washington, DC and 52 other countries and territories! Thanks so much for giving us such an awesome start!
As usual, it's very busy here. We're constantly loading music and going through stacks of the latest CDs and mp3s (not really stacks of mp3s, but you know what I mean). The first 1600 songs are already up and playing, and there are plenty more on the way!
The All Request Hour and the New Music Hour will be back in another week or two, and Two For Tuesdays should be running by Thanksgiving!
Special thanks to DeDe, Kanisha K, Luanne Hunt, Sarah Pierce, Kenny Davies and Barbara Bretton for sponsoring this year's broadcast! Without them, there wouldn't be a Sounds of Christmas! You can click on each of their names and visit their homes on the web, check out their music and books, and, if so moved, buy their stuff! Or look them up on Amazon, iTunes, etc. Or just visit them on Facebook or Twitter and show them some love!
That's the news for now, so let's move on to our first top twenty of the season! Since the Sounds of Christmas plays so many songs, all the top ten's are actually top twenty's. It just seems hard to limit it to only ten, when we play so many!
By the way, here's how the rating system works at Live 365. To be able to vote on songs, you have to have an account with Live 365. This is free and only takes a minute or two to set up. Just go to their home page RIGHT HERE and click LOG IN/SIGN UP in the upper right. Then follow the prompts to start a new account.
To vote, listen through the Live 365 website HERE. On the player, you'll see a cartoon "thumbs up" hand and a cartoon "thumbs down". Click on either during the song you want to vote on. Oh, and Live 365 also counts it as a "thumbs down" vote when you turn off the station, so don't turn us off when it's a song you really like. Hope that all makes sense! If not, you can check out a previous blog which goes into a little more details RIGHT HERE!
Anyway, here's this week's list of the highest-rated songs on the Sounds of Christmas....
1) The Empty Pockets "What Christmas Means To Me"
2) Tina Lambert "The Holly and the Ivy"
3) The Drifters "White Christmas"
4) Greg Pope "Christmas Snow"
5) Joshua Bell with Gloria Estefan "Christmas Auld Lang Syne"
6) Tey "Christmas Is Easy When Love's Around"
7) Lois Mahalia "Deck The Halls/Joy To The World"
8) The Temptations "Christmas Everyday"
9) Lisa Kessler "Perfect Christmas Night"
10) Carole King "Carol Of The Bells"
11) U2 "I Believe In Father Christmas"
12) Brian Setzer Orchestra "Santa Claus Is Back In Town"
13) Vonda Shepard "The Man With The Bag"
14) Wizzard "I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday"
15) Harry Nilsson "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing"
16) DeDe "Deck The Halls"
17) Bryan Adams "Merry Christmas"
18) Beach Boys "Little Saint Nick"
19) Bob Seger and the Last Heard "Sock It To Me Santa"
20) Sidewalk Prophets "That Spirit Of Christmas"
Thanks again for listening, and sharing the beginning of the season with us! If you know someone who loves Christmas music, please send them my way! Especially if they live in Delaware, New Mexico or Vermont (those are the last three states we need to have complete coverage of the U.S.)!
And may you always believe in Santa Claus!