This became one of the most popular holiday songs of all time, but unlike most seasonal favorites, there is no consensus on the most popular version of the song. When the bandleader Guy Lombardo recorded it with his Royal Canadians in 1934, the song was a huge hit. In 1946 Lombardo successfully revived it with a Boogie Woogie arrangement accompanied by the Andrews Sisters, which sold a million copies. Perry Como also successfully recorded it the same year, but the song fell out of favor in the Rock era, and no version has made the Top 40 since the 1955 creation of the Hot 100 chart.
Like many Yuletide favorites in need of a remake, "Winter Wonderland" found a new audience thanks to the 1987 charity album A Very Special Christmas
, which featured a version by Eurythmics alongside other holiday songs by Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Nicks, Bon Jovi and several other very popular artists. The song picked up steam, with subsequent recordings by Garth Brooks, Jewel, Cyndi Lauper, The Cocteau Twins, Amy Grant
, Sugarland, Air Supply, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashanti, Hellogoodbye, and Clay Aiken. These numerous contemporary takes on the song made it, according to ASCAP, one of the most played holiday songs on American radio since 2002, battling it out for the top spot from year to year with "Sleigh Ride
" and "The Christmas Song
." The Eurythmics version is the most played.