What a difference a week makes! This week's top ten looks very different from last week's!
As we got closer to Christmas, we saw a real surge in listeners again this year! 116 countries outside the U.S. joined us, along with folks in all 50 states and Washington DC! Thank you so much for spending part of your Christmas celebration with the Sounds of Christmas!
We'll still be here for just over one more week. Since the Twelve Days of Christmas actually come AFTER Christmas, the Sounds of Christmas will keep going through Epiphany!
As we move into January, we will be putting away some of our toys. The All-Request Hour, the New Music Hour and the Stars of the Sounds of Christmas will all go away until we come back on next Fall. Monday's All Request Hour will be the last one of the season, and it will feature some of the highest-rated and most-requested songs from the last two months. Monday's New Music Hour will showcase many of the songs we nearly missed, most of which were released during that final week running up to Christmas!
I'd like to thank the singers and bands who helped make this season possible (many of which you've heard on the Stars of the Sounds of Christmas)! A giant THANK YOU to the Polyphonic Spree, the Prog World Orchestra, Scotty McCreery, Richard Kincaid, Chuck Cape, Frank D'Angelo, Luanne Hunt and Lois Mahalia. Without them, there would be no Sounds of Christmas! You can click on each of their names and visit their homes on the web, check out their music 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 this week's top ten. Since the Sounds of Christmas plays thousands of songs, all the top ten's for the rest of the season will have at least twenty songs. It just seems hard to limit it to only ten, when we play so many!
Anyway, here's this week's list of the highest-rated songs on the Sounds of Christmas....
1) B.B. King "Please Come Home For Christmas"
2) Brian Setzer Orchestra "the Nutcracker Suite"
3) Norah Jones "It Came Upon A Midnight Clear"
4) Sleeping At Last "Snow"
5) Donnie Iris and the Cruisers "Carol Of The Bells"
6) Joan Baez "The Little Drummer Boy"
7) BoDeans "Christmas Time"
8) Madonna "Santa Baby"
9) Eels "Everything's Gonna Be Cool This Christmas"
10) The O'Jays "I'm What You Want This Christmas"
11) Otis Redding "White Christmas"
12) Bing Crosby "Do You Hear What I Hear"
13) Tim Zimmerman and the King's Brass "Go Tell It On The Mountain"
14) The Beach Boys "Merry Christmas Baby"
15) Lisa McClowry "Before The Tree Comes Down"
16) Dave Davies "Father Christmas"(live)
17) Elvis Presley "If Every Day Was Like Christmas"
18) Aimee Man "You're A Mean One, Mr. Grinch"
19) Josh Groban "Believe"
20) Lois Mahalia "I'd Like You For Christmas"
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Thanks again for listening, and sharing the season with us! If you know someone who loves Christmas music, please send them my way!
And may you always believe in Santa Claus!