Christmas carols favoured over Billboard hits
LOS ANGELES (AP):
Mariah Carey's All I Want for Christmas Is You is the highest-charting Billboard Hot 100 holiday hit in 60 years, but Americans still prefer hearing carols such as Silent Night" and Jingle Bells, a new poll shows.
Twelve per cent percent of Americans named Silent Night as their favorite holiday song followed by Jingle Bells at eight per cent, according to a poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. The open-ended question showed that It's a Wonderful Life is a fan favorite among holiday films, followed closely by a mix of recent comedies and classics.
Nine percent of respondents listed the 1946 Frank Capra classic It's a Wonderful Life as their favorite film. Jimmy Stewart plays a conscientious family man who faces a seemingly insurmountable debt and attempts to end his life, but is stopped by a guardian angel on Christmas Eve.
"It's a story of redemption," said Michael Germana, 65, who called the film his favorite. The California native is also among the 21 per cent of adults 60 and older who choose Silent Night, which was first performed 200 years ago.
"It's a song of inclusion," Germana said. "There's no strife."
Americans under 30 are more likely than those older to name Jingle Bells (12 percent) and Carey's All I Want for Christmas is You (7 per cent) as their favourite.
Carey's song only trails the 1958 song The Chipmunk Song by David Seville as the highest-charting hit on Billboard. Other popular songs on Billboard charts include Kenny G's Auld Lang Syne and This One's for the Children" by New Kids on the Block.
All I Want for Christmas Is You was named by three per cent of adults overall, while "Baby It's Cold Outside," which has drawn criticism in the #MeToo era and led some stations to stop playing it, was named by five per cent.
There were more contemporary choices among respondents when it came to film. Seven percent chose 1983's A Christmas Story and How the Grinch Stole Christmas, but most people didn't specify whether they preferred the 1966 animated television special or the 2000 live-action adaption starring Jim Carrey. A computer animated version, The Grinch has earned more than $239 million domestically since its early November release.
Six percent selected the 2003 comedy Elf starring Will Ferrell, the Chevy Chase-led National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation and Home Alone, a 1990 box office hit starring Macaulay Culkin as the burglar-thwarting Kevin McCallister.
Also listed as a favorite by two per cent of respondents: the 1988 Bruce Willis action film Die Hard.
Overall, 70 movies or Christmas specials and 107 songs were cited as holiday favourites by poll respondents.