Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Top 100 Christmas Songs

An old favorite post of mine from a since retired blog, I hereby offer the 100 most popular Christmas songs according to MusicDNS as of Dec 15, 2006. Popularity is based on how likely someone is to have at least one version of this song in their collection. On the old blog, traffic would start coming from organic searches looking for this information right when Thanksgiving started, up until Christmas day itself. We'll see how long it takes search engines to index this repost, and whether it has the same appeal.

In the meantime, if you're here looking for Christmas music, enjoy! (You might also enjoy this list of Top Performances of Favorite Christmas Songs)

1. Silent Night
2. White Christmas
3. The Christmas Song
4. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
5. Winter Wonderland
6. Jingle Bells
7. O Holy Night
8. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
9. I’ll Be Home For Christmas
10. Silver Bells
11. Sleigh Ride
12. The First Noel
13. Joy To The World
14. Blue Christmas
15. Away in a Manger
16. Carol Of The Bells
17. Ave Maria
18. Frosty the Snowman
19. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
20. Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree
21. Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!
22. The Little Drummer Boy
23. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
24. O Little Town Of Bethlehem
25. Little Drummer Boy
26. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
27. O Come All Ye Faithful
28. Jingle Bell Rock
29. Santa Baby
30. Deck the Halls
31. We Wish You A Merry Christmas
32. What Child Is This?
33. It Came Upon A Midnight Clear
34. Angels We Have Heard On High
35. Last Christmas
36. I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
37. Please Come Home For Christmas
38. The Twelve Days Of Christmas
39. Auld Lang Syne
40. Feliz Navidad
41. All I Want For Christmas Is You
42. O Tannenbaum
43. Do You Hear What I Hear?
44. Merry Christmas Baby
45. We Three Kings
46. Little Saint Nick
47. Greensleeves
48. Here Comes Santa Claus
49. Good King Wenceslas
50. Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town
51. Adeste Fideles
52. The Holly And The Ivy
53. Let It Snow
54. I Saw Three Ships
55. Do You Hear What I Hear
56. It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year
57. It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas
58. Christmas Time
59. God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen
60. The Christmas Waltz
61. Mary’s Boy Child
62. This Christmas
63. Baby, It’s Cold Outside
64. A Holly Jolly Christmas
65. What Child Is This
66. Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer
67. Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)
68. Merry Christmas, Baby
69. Christmas Eve (Sarajevo 12/24)
70. Step Into Christmas
71. Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow
72. Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
73. In Dulci Jubilo
74. Go Tell It On The Mountain
75. Run Rudolph Run
76. Christmas Song
77. Oíche Chiún (Silent Night)
78. Happy Xmas (War Is Over)
79. What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?
80. Silent Night, Holy Night
81. Do They Know It’s Christmas
82. When A Child Is Born
83. Coventry Carol
84. Walking In The Air
85. You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch
86. I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day
87. Christmas Time Is Here
88. Christmas Wrapping
89. Merry Xmas Everybody
90. Wonderful Christmastime
91. 12 Pains of Christmas
92. O Christmas Tree
93. I Believe In Father Christmas
94. Christmas Day
95. Lonely This Christmas
96. My Favorite Things
97. Oh Holy Night
98. I Wonder as I Wander
99. Pretty Paper
100. Merry Christmas Darling 

Monday, October 24, 2011

And This Is Number Three

PCWorld rates Scorched Earth the #3 MSDOS game of all time. While I'm justly flattered, I think there's some pretty stiff competition in that list.

10 Greatest MSDOS Games of All Time

Thursday, August 04, 2011

Before there was Scorched Earth...

Hey look... it's a mini-meme: Before there was Scorched Earth...

Personally, I'd go with: Before there was Gun Wars... there was Scorched Earth.

The original launch of Gun Wars didn't get most of the good stuff we had planned, but development is running on this game again, and I hope to start releasing updates soon which show some of the directions this game is moving in.

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Have you made the flip?

If you've tried Lion, the newest version of OS X, you've probably noticed that the scroll motion is opposite everything you've trained yourself to do. If you're like me, you might have found this pretty disorienting.

I stuck with it for a few hours, trying to undo muscle memory, and then switched back. However, my brain was already half in transition, so I decided to press forward. The paradigm is now more focused on the page, and less on the scrollbars, and I think it's going to end up being the right decision.

Unfortunately, I still have to use some Macs running Snow Leopard. If you've flipped like I have, you might find this tool useful:

Scroll Reverser

This is a simple program to do the flip on earlier versions of OS X, and just might make your life a little bit easier. It did mine.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Welcome, Google

Nine days after updating the Scorched Earth web site, Google is the first search engine out of the gate to start sending traffic to the new URL instead of the old page, which is now a redirect. Congratulations, Google!

Sunday, August 09, 2009

Web Site Changes

Just a quick note: the official Scorched Earth home page has moved from ClassicGaming to my own site, whicken.com. Thanks to ClassicGaming for hosting this for many years. I'm hoping to aggregate a bit more of the information scattered across a few locations into whicken.com over the next few months, but don't expect anything to happen too quickly.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Whicken's Greatest Hits

From time to time, I check Google Analytics for the blog here. It's not too exciting, typically sitting around 20 visitors per day.

Although there aren't tons of posts here to wade through, there are a few posts which do attract the lion's share of traffic. Under the assumption that those are the subjects people are most interested in hearing about, I will dedicate the next several posts to further exploration of what I call my Greatest Hits.

Which is appropriate, since one of the most popular blog posts I've ever done was actually over on the Hear Here blog, back in December of 2006. This post covers the top 100 Christmas songs. Every year, right around Thanksgiving, traffic starts going up for this page - getting stronger and stronger until December 24th. On the 26th of December, the traffic goes back to zero.

In 2006, that page got 355 hits.
In 2007, that page got 4,095 hits.
In 2008, that page got 6,669 hits.

On this blog, the most similar item comes in ranked at number 7, my Valentine's Day playlist from Feb 2006. Although not nearly as popular, it does get a small spike every February (and here's a hint - don't play it for your Valentine's sweetheart unless you're breaking up).

So, what are the other Greatest Hits for Whicken's Blog? Stay tuned and find out. And just maybe I'll create some new favorites...