I don't know if it's because Thanksgiving was late this year or if it's just the nature of things, but it sure seems like the season has flown by!
I do feel like I need to say that we aren't done, yet. I know there are a lot of people who have their Christmas trees out by the curb on the 26th. And most traditional radio stations have already pulled the plug on their Christmas music for the year.
But the Twelve Days of Christmas come AFTER Christmas, not before. So we will be on right through Epiphany.
I'd also like to thank everyone who has been listening this season. We had a sick dog on our house, who sadly passed away the day after Christmas. Taking care of her kept me from promoting the Sounds of Christmas as much as I'd like, and it means a lot that so many have shared some of their holiday with us, anyway!
The All Request Hour and the New Music Hour will continue through the end of December, so you still have time to get requests in and catch the latest new Christmas music! In fact, if there's something you'd like to hear, just click on the REQUEST tab at the top of the page and let me know about it! The All Request Hour is on December weekdays from noon to 1:00pm Eastern. The New Music Hour is on December weeknighst from 8:00pm to 9:00pm (Eastern).
And at 1:00am and 7:00am, and 1:00pm and 7:00pm, you'll get an hour's worth of Christmas music from the Stars of the Sounds of Christmas - spotlighting the singers and bands who have supported us in the past, and continue to support us, with their time, talent and treasure!
Special thanks to DeDe, Kanisha K, Luanne Hunt, Sarah Pierce, Kenny Davies, Terence P. Minogue, Barbara Bretton, Louis Colaiannia, Natasha Miller, Danny Wright, James Robert Webb and Joel Kopischke 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!
Oh, Two For Tuesdays will also continue til the end of December! Every Tuesday in December, you'll hear two in a row from all your favorite singers and bands!
If you would like to help us wrap up this season and get ready for the next, we'd be grateful for the assistance! You can get the details on how you can help RIGHT HERE!
That's the news for now, so let's move on to this week's top twenty! 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) Nat King Cole Trio "The Christmas Song"
2) Jackie Wilson "Deck The Halls"
3) The Smithereens "Waking Up O Christmas Morning"
4) 3rd Echo "December Nights"
5) Joan Jett and the Blackhearts "Little Drummer Boy"
6) Dave Davies "Father Christmas" (live)
7) Holiday Express "Disco Santa"
8) Lisa Kessler "Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer"
9) Frank Sinatra "I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day"
10) Otis Redding "Merry Christmas, Baby"
11) Moe "Linus and Lucy"
12) Sleeping At Last "Christmas All Around Us"
13) B. B. King "Christmas Celebration"
14) Carole King "Sleigh Ride"
15) Ringo Starr "I Wanna Be Santa Claus"
16) Brian Setzer Orchestra "Santa Claus Is Back In Town"
17) The Band "Christmas Must Be Tonight"
18) Empty Pockets "Holly Jolly Christmas"
19) Ray Charles "That Spirit Of Christmas"
20) Tina Lambert "Caroling, Caroling"
Thanks again for listening and sharing your holiday celebration with us! If you know someone who loves Christmas music, please send them our way!
And may you always believe in Santa Claus!