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What's the best Christmas song and movie? New survey offers a clue

POSTED: December 22, 2017 8:12 a.m.
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A new survey from Decluttr revealed the country’s favorite holiday songs and films.

Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas is You” topped the country’s best Christmas song, followed closely by “White Christmas” from Frank Sinatra and “Jingle Bell Rock” by Bobby Helms,” according to Decluttr, which surveyed its customers about their favorite Christmas movies and music.

The rest of the top 10 include:

  • “Silent Night” from Bing Crosby

  • “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” from Brenda Lee

  • “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” from Gene Autry & The Pinafores

  • “Feliz Navidad” by Jose Feliciano

  • “Blue Christmas/Santa Claus is Back in Town” from Elvis Presley

  • “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus” by Jimmy Boyd

  • “Frosty the Snowman” by Gene Autry and The Cass County Boys

Right now, Carey and Lee’s song hold the first and second spot on the Billboard top holiday 100. Helms’ “Jingle Bell Rock” won the seventh spot. Crosby’s “White Christmas” sits at No. 11.

Meanwhile, “Home Alone” topped the list of survey respondents’ favorite Christmas film, followed closely by “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” and “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” and “Four Christmases.”

The rest of the top movies include:

  • “Elf”

  • “Miracle on 34th Street”

  • “A Charlie Brown Christmas”

  • “The Santa Clause”

  • “The Polar Express”

  • “Home Alone 2: Lost in New York”

The bulk of these films appear within the top 25 Christmas movies on Rotten Tomatoes, a film-ranking website. And despite their high rankings among Decluttr clientele, neither of the Home Alone movies, “Christmas Vacation,” nor “Four Christmases” are on the Rotten Tomatoes list.

But the cartoon version of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” holds the No. 5 spot and “Miracle on 34th Street” is No. 2. “Elf” holds the No. 19 spot. “Charlie Brown” sits at No. 10.

The survey found that each U.S. household owns about 165 CDs and DVDs combined, with 130 books. Only about half of the survey respondents use their DVDs.

The survey found that 46 percent don’t use CDs, 47 percent don’t watch their DVDs and 38 percent hardly read their books.
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