Vintage photos of a ‘Merry Christmas’ in N.J.

By now, holiday music has been playing on the radio and in stores for weeks. Some people can’t get enough; others can’t wait until it’s over.

Lisa Hatala ready to rock out on her brand new Schroeder piano in 1964. 

There was a time when it was almost an obligation for a top-selling artist to release a Christmas-themed single or album.

Sometimes, it didn’t represent the artist’s best work. Esquire magazine ran an article in 2016 that included one writer’s list of the worst Christmas songs of all time (by well-known artists, that is). The list includes “Wonderful Christmas Time” (Paul McCartney and Wings), “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town” (Bruce Springsteen) and “Oh Holy Night” (Christina Aguilera).

How about the best? We’d have to base that on sales, and music sales have become a lot less simple to count.

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There was a time when sales simply meant the number of records purchased; now, with the internet, things have had to change. There are downloads instead of straight purchases and then there’s streaming – according to new parameters set by the Recording Industry Association of America, for example, 150 streams of a song equals one paid download.

So with that in mind, here are the top 10 Christmas songs of all time through 2017, according to Billboard:

10.  “Last Christmas” (Wham!) 1984

9.  “White Christmas” (Bing Crosby) 1943

8.  “Christmas Eve (Sarajevo 12/24)” (Trans-Siberian Orchestra) 1996

7.  “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” (Andy Williams) 1963

6.  “A Holly Jolly Christmas” (Burl Ives) 1964

5.  “Feliz Navidad” (Jose Feliciano) 1970

4.  “Jingle Bell Rock” (Bobby Helms) 1956

3.  “The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas to You)” (Nat King Cole) 1953

2.  “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” (Brenda Lee) 1964

1.  “All I Want for Christmas Is You” (Mariah Carey) 1994

Here’s a gallery of New Jerseyans celebrating Christmas through the years. And here are links to more Christmas galleries you might enjoy.

Vintage N.J. Christmas photos

Vintage photos of celebrating Christmas in N.J.

More vintage photos of celebrating Christmas in N.J.

Greg Hatala may be reached at greghatalagalleries@gmail.com. Follow him on Twitter @GregHatala. Find Greg Hatala on Facebook.

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