The Top Christmas Song in Each State

Oct 29 | By Karen Quach

As the first flurries of winter snow appear and the Thanksgiving decorations go back into storage, you’re certain to start hearing your favorite Christmas songs playing on the radio, signaling the beginning of the holiday season. 

If you don’t count the Scrooges out there, Christmas music is incredibly popular across the United States. As radio stations switch their programming to Christmas music, they often drastically increase the number of listeners, sometimes doubling or tripling their audience! Even people who stream music on the internet listen to more Christmas music as the holiday season approaches, with Christmas songs making up 22% of all Spotify streams on Christmas in 2017. 

However, as with any type of music, people have different opinions about which holiday jingles are the best, so we did a little research to find out which festive tunes were searched for the most in each state. 

Festive Findings

  • Mariah Carey’s holiday hit “All I Want For Christmas Is You (SuperFestive!)” was the most searched Christmas song in 11 states, the most of any on this year’s list. This song made history in 2019 for being the first Christmas song in 60 years to break into the top five spots on Billboard’s Hot 100.
  • “Frosty the Snowman” took the top spot in six states. Oddly enough, the lyrics in the original song don’t mention Christmas at all!
  • Bumped from its first-place spot in our previous rankings, “Jingle Bells” was the top searched in the third most states this year. This classic is over 150 years old and was once performed in space.
  • Popular country musician Gene Autry recorded the first versions of both “Frosty the Snowman” and “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” most searched in six states and one state respectively. 
AlabamaFrosty the Snowman
AlaskaLast Christmas
ArizonaJingle Bells
ArkansasBlue Christmas
CaliforniaThe Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)
ColoradoJingle Bell Rock
ConnecticutAll I Want For Christmas Is You (SuperFestive!)
DelawareAll I Want For Christmas Is You (SuperFestive!)
District of ColumbiaWhite Christmas
FloridaFeliz Navidad
GeorgiaAll I Want For Christmas Is You (SuperFestive!)
HawaiiAll I Want For Christmas Is You (SuperFestive!)
IdahoSleigh Ride
IllinoisSanta Baby
IndianaIt's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year
IowaWinter Wonderland
KansasJingle Bell Rock
KentuckyHolly Jolly Christmas
LouisianaAll I Want For Christmas Is You (SuperFestive!)
MaineRockin' Around the Christmas Tree
MarylandAll I Want For Christmas Is You (SuperFestive!)
MassachusettsFrosty the Snowman
MichiganHappy Xmas (War Is Over)
MinnesotaHappy Xmas (War Is Over)
MississippiFrosty the Snowman
MissouriMary, Did You Know?
MontanaBlue Christmas
NebraskaJingle Bells
NevadaJingle Bell Rock
New HampshireFrosty the Snowman
New JerseyAll I Want For Christmas Is You (SuperFestive!)
New MexicoSanta Baby
New YorkAll I Want For Christmas Is You (SuperFestive!)
North CarolinaJingle Bells
North DakotaCarol of the Bells
OhioFrosty the Snowman
OklahomaMary, Did You Know?
OregonWinter Wonderland
PennsylvaniaAll I Want For Christmas Is You (SuperFestive!)
Rhode IslandFrosty the Snowman
South CarolinaJingle Bells
South DakotaHave Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
TennesseeMary, Did You Know?
TexasThe Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)
UtahAll I Want For Christmas Is You (SuperFestive!)
VermontLet It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!
VirginiaJingle Bells
WashingtonWhite Christmas
West VirginiaRudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
WisconsinAll I Want For Christmas Is You (SuperFestive!)
WyomingFeliz Navidad
SongArtist# of states that had the song
All I Want For Christmas Is You (SuperFestive!)Mariah Carey11
Frosty the SnowmanGene Autry and the Cass County Boys6
Jingle BellsWill Lyle5
Jingle Bell RockBobby Helms3
Mary, Did You Know?Michael English3
Blue ChristmasElvis Presley2
The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)Robert Wells and Mel Tormé2
White ChristmasRosemary Clooney2
Feliz NavidadJosé Feliciano2
Santa BabyEartha Kitt with Henri René2
Winter WonderlandFelix Bernard2
Happy Xmas (War Is Over)John & Yoko/Plastic Ono Band2
Last ChristmasNat King Cole1
Sleigh RideLeroy Anderson1
It's the Most Wonderful Time of the YearAndy Williams1
Holly Jolly ChristmasBurl Ives1
Rockin' Around the Christmas TreeBrenda Lee1
Carol of the BellsMykola Leontovych1
Have Yourself a Merry Little ChristmasJudy Garland1
Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!Frank Sinatra1
Rudolph the Red-Nosed ReindeerGene Autry1


We looked at 23 of the most played Christmas songs on holiday radio according to iHeartMedia and Spotify. We then looked at Google search volume by state for each song.

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