UTICA, N.Y. -- O Holy Night topped the charts of most popular Christmas songs, followed closely by White Christmas and the Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire), according to a Zogby survey.
O Holy Night was the clear winner with 58% of adults voting for it as their 1st, 2nd, or 3rd favorite holiday song. White Christmas (41%), and The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire) (38%) also topped the list.
Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer (10%) and Adam Sandler's the Hanukkah Song (9%) received the fewest votes of the nine songs listed in the online survey.
Most Republicans enjoy O Holy Night, with 67% of them voting for it as one of their three favorite holiday songs compared to 56% of independents and 50% of Democrats.
More women (62%) than men (53%) prefer this song and considering the strong religious theme, so do adults who attend religious services at least once a week. Seventy-six percent of adults who attend religious services more than once a week say O Holy Night is on their top three list as do 72% of Americans who go to church at least weekly.
Only 25% of people who say they never attend religious services picked O Holy Night as one of their three favorite holiday songs. White Christmas leads among those who never attend religious services but only 36% of this group voted for White Christmas as a top three; 16% said either none of the listed songs were their favorite or that they do not listen to or enjoy holiday songs.
Here's the overall ranking:
1) O Holy Night: 58%
2) WhiteChristmas: 41%
3) The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire): 38%
4) It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas: 28%
5) It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year: 24%
6) Trans-Siberian Orchestra's Christmas Eve/Sarajevo 12/24: 17%
7) Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: 15%
8) Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer: 10%
9) Adam Sandler's The Hanukkah Song: 9%
The survey also found that most Americans prefer signs that it's Christmas starting the day after Thanksgiving, with 59% of adults saying they like to see Christmas lights on homes, store displays, and hear Christmas tunes on the radio the day after Thanksgiving and no sooner (and also no later!).
Zogby International conducted an online survey of 2,330 adults from November 4 - November 6, 2009.