The five most-performed Christmas songs of all-time are "The Christmas Song," "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," "Winter Wonderland," "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town" and "White Christmas." The five most-recorded Christmas songs include "Silent Night," "Joy to the World," "O Holy Night," "O Come, All Ye Faithful" and "Away in a Manger."
Of the top 25 most popular Christmas songs of all-time, the oldest recordings, both published in 1934, are "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town," composed by J. Fred Coots and Haven Gillespie, and "Winter Wonderland," composed by Felix Bernard and Richard B. Smith. The majority of the top 25 holiday song recordings are from the 1940s.
"Silent Night," originally composed in 1818 by Franz Xaver Gruber and Joseph Mohr, is the most frequently recorded Christmas song. Since 1978, 733 artists recorded their own versions of the song.
Other most-performed Christmas songs are "The Little Drummer Boy," composed by Katherine K. Davis, Henry V. Onorati and Harry Simeone; "Sleigh Ride," composed by Leroy Anderson and Mitchell Parish; "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer," composed by Johnny Marks; "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year," composed by Edward Pola and George Wyle; and "I'll Be Home for Christmas," composed by Walter Kent, Kim Gannon and Buck Ram.