Mariah Carey leads Christmas classics back to top 10 |

Monday 28 November 2022

Mariah Carey leads Christmas classics back to top 10

Taylor Swift's "Anti-Hero" adds a fifth week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart, encompassing its entire run on the survey so far. Meanwhile, four holiday classics jingle all the way back to the Hot 100's top 10: Mariah Carey‘s "All I Want for Christmas Is You", up from No. 25 to No. 5; Brenda Lee's "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" (41-6); Bobby Helms' "Jingle Bell Rock" (50-9); and Burl Ives' "A Holly Jolly Christmas" (a re-entry at No. 10).

Mariah Carey's "All I Want for Christmas Is You" dashes 25-5 on the Hot 100, with 21.5 million streams (up 54%), 20.6 million airplay audience impressions (up 80%), and 3,000 sold (up 57%). It bounds 17-3 on Streaming Songs, 35-14 on Digital Song Sales and re-enters Radio Songs at No. 38. It also crowns the multi-metric Holiday 100 chart for a 52nd week, of the chart's 57 total weeks since the list launched in 2011; it has topped the ranking for 37 consecutive weeks, dating to the start of the 2015-16 holiday season, and rules as the top title on the Greatest of All Time Holiday 100 Songs chart.

The song sports a record-setting history on the Hot 100, following its 1994 release on Carey's 1994 album Merry Christmas. As streaming grew through the 2010s and holiday music became more prominent in Yuletide playlists on multiple streaming services, the modern carol hit the top 10 (reaching No. 9) for the first time in December 2017 and the top five (No. 3) for the first time in the 2018 holiday season. In December 2019, it ascended to the summit, 25 years after its original release, becoming the second holiday hit ever to reign, after "The Chipmunk Song" by David Seville & the Chipmunks spent four weeks at No. 1 beginning in December 1958.

"Christmas" became Carey's 19th Hot 100 No. 1, as she extended her mark for the most among soloists and moved to within one of The Beatles' overall record 20.

As "Christmas" dominated the Hot 100 for three weeks on the charts dated December 21, 2019, through January 4, 2020, Carey also became the first artist to have ranked at No. 1 on the survey in four distinct decades. The track led again for two weeks in the 2020 holiday season, passing "The Chipmunk Song" for the most for a Yuletide song, and ruled for three more frames over the 2021 holidays, upping its total to eight weeks at No. 1.


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