Saturday, December 21, 2013

John's Journal - Pandora Christmas Radio by the numbers

Stats compiled over a 2½ hour period on Saturday, December 21, using a newly created Pandora account so as not to influence the choices with previously liked songs.

Songs played: 55

Songs repeated: 16

Exact same songs repeated: 2

Sacred Christmas songs (e.g. "What Child Is This"): 6

Secular Christmas songs (e.g. "The Christmas Song"): 33

Songs about winter otherwise unrelated to Christmas (e.g. "Winter Wonderland"): 12

Songs about neither winter nor Christmas but nevertheless linked to Christmas for some reason (e.g. "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch"): 4

Most frequently played artist: Bing Crosby (5 songs)

Most frequently played song: "A Holly Jolly Christmas"

Ratio of male solo performers (or all-male ensembles) to female: 5.3 to 1

Seems to me Pandora could increase the diversity of songs played, bump up the number of traditional Christmas carols, and introduce more female singers to their rotation. The complete list of songs is below the cut, if anyone cares.

Carrie Underwood - What Child Is This

Nat King Cole - The Christmas Song

Bing Crosby - Let It Snow

Frank Sinatra - Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

Jimmy Durante - Frosty the Snowman

Dean Martin - White Christmas

Michael Buble - All I Want for Christmas is You

Bing Crosby and Ella Fitzgerald - Silver Bells

Bing Crosby - Joy to the World

Brenda Lee - Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree

Hall & Oates - Jingle Bell Rock

Ferrante & Teicher - Sleigh Ride

Bing Crosby & Andrew Sisters - Santa Claus is Coming to Town

Perry Como - It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

Johnny Mathis - It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Thurl Ravenscroft - You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch

Gene Autry - Up on the Housetop

Michael Buble - I'll Be Home For Christmas

Burl Ives - Holly Jolly Christmas

Tony Bennett - Winter Wonderland

Johnny Mathis - Holly Jolly Christmas

Perry Como - O Holy Night

Nat King Cole - Deck the Halls

Cecil Scaife - Carol of the Bells

Dean Martin - Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

Leon Redbone & Zooey Deschanel - Baby It's Cold Outside

Gene Autry - Here Comes Santa Claus

Frank Sinatra - Hark! The Herald Angels Sing

Michael Buble - Jingle Bells

Eartha Kitt - Santa Baby

Royal Philharmonic - Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy

Andy Williams - Happy Holiday/The Holiday Season

John Rutter & Cambridge Singers - Silent Night

Chuck Berry - Run Rudolph Run

Nat King Cole - Caroling Caroling

Andy Williams - Happy Holiday/The Holiday Season

Frank Sinatra - The Christmas Song

Cecil Scaife - Sugar Plam Fantasy

Harry Connick Jr. - Let It Snow

Andy Williams - Do You Hear What I Hear?

Mariah Carey - All I Want For Christmas Is You

Bing Crosby - White Christmas

Gene Autry - Frosty the Snowman

Michael Buble - Cold December Night

Johnny Mathis - It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

Ronettes - Sleigh Ride

Frank Sinatra - Santa Claus is Coming to Town

Boston Pops - Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy

Ray Charles - Winter Wonderland

Martina McBride - Silver Bells

Eddie Higgins Trio - Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

Hall & Oates - Jingle Bell Rock

Robert Wagner Chorale - Carol of the Bells

Lady Antebellum - Holly Jolly Christmas

Darlene Love - Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)


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