The Most Popular Christmas Songs in Each State [2023]

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We found which holiday song is most popular in every state in the country.
Updated Dec. 11, 2023
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Christmas music is part of holiday business for retailers. After all, the songs include dozens of classics that most people have heard every winter for their entire lives. Sentimental, sure, but also a tactic to get people to spend more money in stores.

To get a better sense of which songs are most and least likely to brighten shoppers’ moods, FinanceBuzz used Google Trends to find the most popular Christmas song in every state. We also surveyed more than 1,200 U.S. adults on the most annoying Christmas songs.

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The states have a variety of favorite Christmas tunes. Of the 25 Christmas songs evaluated from last year's Christmas Billboard Hot 100, 21 different songs were most popular in at least one U.S. state.

A map of the U.S. showing the most popular Christmas song in each state.

The most popular holiday song in each state

State Song (2023)
Alabama Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree
Alaska Wonderful Christmastime
Arizona It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year
Arkansas Run Rudolph Run
California It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas
Colorado Jingle Bell Rock
Connecticut All I Want for Christmas Is You
Delaware All I Want for Christmas Is You
District of Columbia All I Want for Christmas Is You
Florida Feliz Navidad
Georgia All I Want for Christmas Is You
Hawaii Last Christmas
Idaho White Christmas
Illinois All I Want for Christmas Is You
Indiana Run Rudolph Run
Iowa Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer
Kansas Jingle Bells
Kentucky Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree
Louisiana Run Rudolph Run
Maine White Christmas
Maryland All I Want for Christmas Is You
Massachusetts Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town
Michigan Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane)
Minnesota Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow
Mississippi Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane)
Missouri It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year
Montana Jingle Bells
Nebraska Deck the Halls
Nevada Jingle Bell Rock
New Hampshire Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town
New Jersey All I Want for Christmas Is You
New Mexico Feliz Navidad
New York All I Want for Christmas Is You
North Carolina Jingle Bells
North Dakota Run Rudolph Run
Ohio Underneath the Tree
Oklahoma Blue Christmas
Oregon Deck the Halls
Pennsylvania All I Want for Christmas Is You
Rhode Island Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)
South Carolina The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas to You)
South Dakota Deck the Halls
Tennessee Blue Christmas
Texas Feliz Navidad
Utah The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas to You)
Vermont Wonderful Christmastime
Virginia All I Want for Christmas Is You
Washington It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year
West Virginia It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year
Wisconsin A Holly Jolly Christmas
Wyoming A Holly Jolly Christmas

Mariah Carey’s 1994 hit “All I Want for Christmas Is You” has become an all-time holiday classic in the three decades since it was first released, and has climbed to number one on the Billboard Hot 100 during each of the past four Christmas seasons. It is also the most popular Christmas song in 10 different states — the most of any song on our list.

Five other songs took the top spot in at least three states: “Run Rudolph Run,” “It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” “Jingle Bells,” “Deck the Halls,” and Jose Feliciano’s “Feliz Navidad.”

Given how popular it is around the country, it should come as no surprise that “All I Want for Christmas Is You” is the top song in multiple regions of the country. Mariah’s modern classic is the top song in both the Northeast region of the United States as well as the South.

Out West, “It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year” takes the top spot, and four different songs (“Run Rudolph Run,” “Jingle Bells,” “Deck the Halls,” and “A Holly Jolly Christmas”) are tied for the title of most popular song in the Midwest.

The most annoying holiday songs, according to Americans

A graphic that lists the Christmas songs people find most annoying.

The downside of “All I Want for Christmas Is You” reaching peak popularity is that for every person who loves the song, there is someone who is sick of hearing it over and over again.

As a result, the uber-popular song was also named the most annoying Christmas song in our survey.

The second-most annoying song is the novelty song “The Chipmunk Song,” also known as “Christmas Don’t Be Late,” sung by Alvin and the Chipmunks. The high-pitched singing on the song definitely isn’t for everyone, so it’s no surprise to see it on this list.

Rounding out the top three is “Feliz Navidad,” another one of the most popular Christmas songs across the country according to Google Trends. Much like “All I Want for Christmas Is You,” this song comes on often enough during the holidays that it could turn off some listeners who think it’s overplayed.

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Methodology

FinanceBuzz collected Google Trends search interest data on the 25 highest-charting Christmas songs on the Billboard Hot 100 for the week of Christmas 2022. For this analysis, we looked at “Search Interest” data for each song in every state.

Search Interest is a metric Google uses that normalizes searches to account for things like population, geography, and search proportionality compared to other terms, and then scales the results to assign a Search Interest score between 0-100.

Data for each song was collected individually. To break ties, songs were compared head-to-head directly within the Trends platform. The time frame for the collected data was set to “Past 5 years.” Data was collected November 16, 2023.

For the list of most annoying holiday songs, FinanceBuzz surveyed 1,250 U.S. adults in November 2022.

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Josh Koebert Josh Koebert is an experienced content marketer that loves exploring how personal finance overlaps with topics such as sports, food, pop culture, and more. His work has been featured on sites such as CNN, ESPN, Business Insider, and Lifehacker.

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