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TOP TEN: A Very Merry Musical Month

Pass the eggnog.

Pass the eggnog.

In addition to this month’s regular Radio Report, I’ve compiled a special top ten listing of the top seasonal songs for this year. You may have noticed a few of them ranking just below my weekly top 40 in the past couple of weeks, but there are certainly more new releases than that both on the radio and at retail right now. It’s a fun mix of original pop and soul singles, and a few remakes of the standards. Let’s just hope you aren’t sick of hearing them yet; it’s only December 1, but some radio stations have been pumping up the endless “Jingle Bells” and “O Holy Night” covers for about six weeks now. Yikes.

Anyways, hope you enjoy the list, and visit the link below for our four-hour mix of merry and modern holiday cuts on Spotify.

10. JAMES TAYLOR, “SnowTime”
Album: Before This World
Label: Concord Music
Radio: T30 (Adult Contemporary)

09. STRAIGHT NO CHASER, “Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree/Winter Wonderland”
Album: (single only)
Label: Atlantic
Radio: –

08. A SILENT FILM, “Christmas At Our House”
Album: Indie For The Holidays
Label: Amazon/Sony Music
Radio: –

07. JIM BRICKMAN featuring CHARLIE ALAN, “Hitch A Ride With Santa”
Album: Comfort & Joy: The Sweet Sounds Of Christmas
Label: self-released
Radio: T40 (Adult Contemporary)

06. MARC BROUSSARD, “Almost Christmas”
Album: Magnolias & Mistletoe
Label: G-Man Inc.
Radio: –

05. SHARON JONES & THE DAP-KINGS, “8 Days Of Hanukkah”
Album: It’s A Holiday Soul Party
Label: Daptone
Radio: –

04. MICHAEL BUBLE, “The More You Give (The More You’ll Have)”
Album: (single only)
Label: Warner Bros.
Radio: T50 (Adult Contemporary)

03. CARLY RAE JEPSEN, “Last Christmas”
Album: (single only)
Label: Interscope
Radio: –

02. BAND OF MERRYMAKERS featuring NATASHA BEDINGFIELD, “Wishlist”
Album: Welcome To Our Christmas Party
Label: Portrait/Sony Masterworks
Radio: T40 (Adult Contemporary)

01. TRAIN, “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas”
Album: Christmas In Tahoe
Label: Sunken Forest/Crush Music
Radio: T10 (Adult Contemporary)

Other great songs out this year:
LEANN RIMES with GAVIN DEGRAW/“Celebrate Me Home” (Prodigy Ent.)
MICKEY GUYTON/“Do You Want To Build A Snowman?” (Capitol Nashville)
SEAL/“This Christmas” (Warner Bros.)
TRAIN/“Merry Christmas Everybody” (Sunken Forest/Crush Music)
TUXEDO/“Holiday Love” (Amazon/Sony Music)

(Check out these songs and more on our Current Christmas playlist on Spotify!)

Missing any new holiday favorites? Let me know! Comment below or click the “Get Social!” tab to find PGTC on social media.

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TOP TEN: Sleighing The Charts

Singles all the way.

Singles all the way.

The holidays seem to come earlier and earlier each year; unfortunately, it’s just what happens. I know that I’m not one for buying candy canes in September or hearing “Jingle Bell Rock” on the radio in October, but the Christmas spirit is a strong one. With Thanksgiving dinner sitting in our stomachs and December just around the corner, it is time to properly roll out the holiday celebrations with a playlist of some of my favorite seasonal selections for 2014.

Enjoy this mix of new tunes and a handful of cool updates to the classics. They’re all at retail now and the majority of these ten songs are also at radio, so be sure to get on those request lines (to Santa, of course.)

A GREAT BIG WORLD – “I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas”
Album: I’ll Be Home For Christmas
Label: Epic

BAND OF MERRYMAKERS – “Must Be Christmas”
Album: Must Be Christmas – Single
Label: The End/ADA

ELEVEN PAST ONE – “Merry Christmas Everybody”
Album: Merry Christmas Everybody – Single
Label: Warner Bros. Canada

IDINA MENZEL featuring MICHAEL BUBLÉ – “Baby, It’s Cold Outside”
Album: Holiday Wishes
Label: Warner Bros.

JILLETTE JOHNSON – “River”
Album: River – Single
Label: Wind-Up

JOHNNYSWIM – “Christmas Day”
Album: A Johnnyswim Christmas
Label: Big Picnic

JON MCLAUGHLIN – “Christmas Saved Us All”
Album: The Christmas EP
Label: Independent

KELLY CLARKSON – “Wrapped In Red” **
Album: Wrapped In Red
Label: RCA

** Clarkson’s album was originally released last year, but the title cut is being promoted to Adult Contemporary outlets for this season.

KENDALL SCHMIDT – “Blame It On The Mistletoe”
Album: Blame It On The Mistletoe – Single
Label: TOLbooth

STRAIGHT NO CHASER featuring KRISTEN BELL – “Text Me Merry Christmas”
Album: Under The Influence: Holiday Edition (2014 re-release)
Label: Atlantic

For some more festive fun, watch out for my weekly top 40 chart to see what ho-ho-hops into the survey. Until then, head to the “Get Social!” tab to connect with PGTC on Facebook and Twitter.

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