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America's Top Ten Christmas Special was a Christmas-themed episode of Casey Kasem's weekly television music countdown show, "America's Top Ten", based on his long-running radio program. It aired during the early 1980's.


Songs featured on the show included:

  • "Silent Night" sung by Mahalia Jackson, in a clip from a television show in the 1960's
  • "Jingle Bell Rock" performed by Donny Osmond
  • "Wonderful Christmastime" by Paul McCartney
  • "Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer" by Gene Autry
  • "I'm Gettin' Nuttin' For Christmas", a novelty song
  • "White Christmas" by Bing Crosby, the number one song on this special countdown


Also profiled on the show was a kindly older gentleman, a philanthropist who dressed as Santa, who was presented as a model of the Christmas spirit and the "real Santa Claus".


Casey Kasem also tells the story of the Christmas truce of World War I. In Kasem's narrative, a German soldier leaves his foxhole to sing "Stille Nacht", the original German version of "Silent Night", and the battle ceases as all listen. Then a French soldier stands to sing "Minuit, Chrétiens", the original French version of "O Holy Night".

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