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updated 12/2/2004 4:12:21 PM ET 2004-12-02T21:12:21

Although it’s been played many times, many ways, Nat "King" Cole’s “The Christmas Song” rates as the most popular Christmas song in a survey of women ages 30-49.

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Following Cole is Burl Ives’ “A Holly Jolly Christmas,” Celine Dion’s “O Holy Night,” Bobby Helms’ “Jingle Bell Rock” and John Lennon’s “Happy X-mas (War Is Over).”

Edison Media Research, which surveys radio listeners, conducted a study of the favorite yuletide tunes of women ages 30-49 from across the country.

“They had surprisingly strong tastes,” Sean Ross, vice president of music at Edison, told The Associated Press Wednesday. “It’s been assumed before that if you like Christmas music, you like all Christmas music.”

Charting as the most hated Christmas song? The rephrasing of “O Holy Night” by “South Park” character Eric Cartman.

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