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America’s favorite Christmas songs and movies revealed!

Arguing over which Christmas song or movie is the best is as traditional as eggnog and presents.

To settle these arguments once and all, we asked 1000 Americans to name their favorite festive songs and movies. Here’s what they said!


America’s favorite Christmas songs

With so many Christmas songs to choose from, the competition for ‘best Christmas song’ was pretty hot.

In the end, our respondents named All I Want for Christmas by Mariah Carey as their festive favorite. Frank Sinatra’s version of White Christmas came second with Jingle Bell Rock by Bobby Helms in third.

The rest of the list consists of traditional festive songs like Silent Night, Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. In fact, All I Want for Christmas is the newest song in our chart, even though it was released over 20 years ago.

The Top Ten

  1. All I Want for Christmas is You – Mariah Carey
  2. White Christmas – Frank Sinatra
  3. Jingle Bell Rock – Bobby Helms
  4. Silent Night – Bing Crosby
  5. Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree – Brenda Lee
  6. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer – Gene Autry & the Pinafores
  7. Feliz Navidad – Jose Feliciano
  8. Blue Christmas / Santa Claus is Back in Town – Elvis Presley
  9. I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus – Jimmy Boyd
  10. Frosty the Snowman – Gene Autry and the Cass County Boys

The least popular song in our survey was This One’s for the Children/Funky, Funky Xmas by New Kids on the Block. It won just 6% of the vote, which still means at least 60 people will listen to it this Christmas.

We also asked our respondents when they felt it was appropriate to start listening to Christmas music. Just over a third (35%) said November, while one in ten said it was fine to listen to all year round!


America’s favorite Christmas movies

Nothing says Christmas like a little boy defending his home with a series of elaborate traps, at least according to our respondents; they voted Home Alone as their favorite Christmas movie by a large margin. They clearly can’t get enough of Kevin’s adventures either, as Home Alone 2 – widely considered to be an inferior version of the first movie – snuck in at #10.

Surprisingly, How the Grinch Stole Christmas and National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation took the 2nd and 3rd spots, knocking the timeless It’s a Wonderful Life and modern festive classic Elf into 4th and 5th respectively.

The Top Ten

  1. Home Alone
  2. How The Grinch Stole Christmas
  3. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
  4. It’s a Wonderful Life
  5. Elf
  6. Miracle on 34th Street
  7. A Charlie Brown Christmas
  8. The Santa Clause
  9. The Polar Express
  10. Home Alone 2

Our survey also revealed that the average US household owns 165 CDs and DVDs and 130 books. Remarkably, just under half never use their CDs and DVDs with 38% leaving their books to gather dust on a shelf.

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