DISH Network is proud to announce that as of yesterday, November 3rd, 2011 through January 3rd, 2012 you can take advantage of Two Free Holiday Music Channels. The Channels are available to customers in free access and may be enjoyed by any DISH Network customer with an applicable antenna pointed to the correct orbital location. On Channel 947 and 87 you have the Traditional Holidays Channel and 949 and 82 and Holiday Pop Channel. I thought that this would be the great opportunity to take a look back at some of the most popular Holiday songs:
- All I want for Christmas is you: (Mariah Carey 1994) Carey is queen of the carols with “All I Want for Christmas Is You,” which managed to be a radio hit despite the fact that it was an album cut and not a single.
- Rockin’ Around The Christmas tree: (Brenda Lee 1958) Brenda Lee, who was only 14 when she recorded “Rockin”, would go on to score her first Top 5 hit on the Hot 100 the following year with “Sweet Nothin’s.”
- Christmas Eve/Sarajevo 12/24: (Trans-Siberian Orchestra 1996) Originally recorded by rockers Savatage, this song reached a modest No. 34 on Adult Contemporary for Trans-Siberian Orchestra in 1996. It has since, however, become a staple on the Holiday Songs chart.
- Jingle Bell Rock: (Bobby Helms 1957) Helms first took “Jingle Bell Rock” to the Hot 100 two days before Christmas 1957, but the tune took the space-age carol back to the Hot 100 at Christmastime in 1958, 1960, 1961 and 1962.
- Feliz Navidad: (Jose Feliciano 1970) Feliciano’s festive tune, partially in Spanish, was issued on red vinyl. Cuban-born Jon Secada’s cover jingled to No. 3 on Adult Contemporary in 2006.
- Holly Jolly Christmas: (Burl Ives 1964) Ives’ upbeat ditty, which was included in the stop-motion animated TV special “Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer,” has spent 15 cumulative weeks atop the Holiday Songs Chart since 2004.
- The Christmas Song: (Nat King Cole 1960) this song, whose b-side was “The Little Boy That Santa Claus Forgot” spent two weeks on the Hot 100 in December 1960.
- White Christmas: (Bing Crosby 1942) Written by Irving Berlin, the song was ironically released in the middle of the summer as part of the soundtrack for the film “Holiday Inn,” making it a true Christmas in July for Crosby.
- Last Christmas: (Wham! 1984) This George Michael-penned song was a hit for Wham! The same year that Hot 100 No. 1’s “Wake Me up before you Go-Go” and “Careless Whisper” debuted on that chart.
- It’s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year: (Andy Williams 1963)”Wonderful” appears on “The Andy Williams Christmas Album,” but another song from that record did even better on the charts for Williams that year: “White Christmas.”
These are the Top 10 on the List of 100 Hot Holiday Songs. So take advantage of the Free Preview and get in the swing of the Holiday Season. Traditional Holiday Channel is on 947 and 87 and the Holiday Pop Channel is on 949 and 82. To learn more about your satellite TV programming package visit us at DISH-Systems or call (866)989-3474.