I Analyzed 122 Hours of Holiday Radio

Though it didn’t appear in this data, Marks also penned “Silver and Gold” the catchy tune sang by Yukon Cornelius in the stop-motion Rudolph cartoon.Source: 106.7 LiteFM; 11/30/2018–12/5/2018; Download the data.So if we look at all of the original songs in this collection, and go back and look at them from the year they were written or first published, we can get a sense of when the most played music originated..Sure enough, one decade jumps out as the source of nearly 30% of the songs played during this dataset — the 1940’s.Source: 106.7 LiteFM; 11/30/2018–12/5/2018; Download the data.Nearly 30% of the songs played during the five days I monitored were written in the 1940s.Martin Luther..Cranking out the hits since 1529..Lucas Cranach the Elder [Public domain]Amy Grant’s medley of “A Mighty Fortress/Angels We Have Heard On High” was only played once during my data collection period, but this track owns the distinction of having some of the oldest music in the collection, as Martin Luther first wrote the music for the hymn “A Mighty Fortress” in 1529.Looking at this chart, it’s really remarkable though how things seem to have dropped off after the 1970’s..The 90’s did give us one of the most stellar examples of a true modern Christmas blockbuster, Mariah Carey and Walter Afanasieff’s “All I Want for Christmas is You” which Carey recorded in 1994..I was actually surprised that AIWFCIY wasn’t in the top 20 most played songs in this collection, as it is currently in its usual spot of #1 atop Billboard’s Holiday 100..Fun fact: There are no real instruments on this recording, as it was all composed on a computer.Mariah Carey also claims writing credits on another hugely popular Christmas hit, “Where Are You Christmas?” (along with James Horner and Will Jennings) from the 2000 film “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”..She originally recorded the song for the film’s soundtrack, but due to the divorce she was going through with Tommy Mottola, she was legally prohibited from performing the song.So which of these Christmas songs have the most versions?.If you were listening non-stop to LiteFM during the period I analyzed, you would have heard 11 different recordings of “Sleigh Ride” (played 89 times) and no less than 10 versions of “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” (90 plays), though I don’t see why you’d need any version other than Bruce Springsteen’s.Source: 106.7 LiteFM; 11/30/2018–12/5/2018; Download the data.Finally, I wanted to see what the pattern looked like for playing all of these songs on the air..So below is a collection of all the unique songs (including all versions), sorted by most played to least played..Each red box indicates one play per hour..I started collecting data in the afternoon on Friday November 30th and ended on the evening of Wednesday December 5th, and yes it would have been much better to just collect exactly one week’s worth of songs.I did notice some interesting patterns of certain songs only being played at different times.. More details

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