Mariah's "Christmas" climbs to No. 3 on Billboard Hot 100

Monday 31 December 2018

Mariah's Christmas climbs to No. 3 on Billboard Hot 100 |
Ariana Grande's "Thank U, Next" tops the Billboard Hot 100 (dated January 5, 2019) for a seventh week. Meanwhile, a record four holiday songs infuse the Hot 100's top 10 simultaneously, led by Mariah Carey's "All I Want for Christmas Is You", which dashes from No. 7 to No. 3, becoming just the second yuletide tune ever to hit the Hot 100's top five, and the first in nearly 60 years. It also takes over as the first holiday No. 1 on the Streaming Songs chart, with a record weekly sum for a seasonal song.

Plus, Bobby Helms' "Jingle Bell Rock" claims the record for the longest ride to the Hot 100's top 10 (60 years and two weeks), jumping 13-8 after it first appeared on the chart in 1958; Brenda Lee's "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" rolls 11-9, becoming her first top 10 since 1963, as she ends the longest break between top 10s for a female artist; and, Burl Ives returns to the Hot 100's top 10 after an overall record-breaking gap of 56 years, seven months and two weeks, as "A Holly Jolly Christmas" rises 12-10.

Mariah Carey's "All I Want for Christmas Is You", which two weeks earlier became the highest-charting holiday season-themed hit on the Hot 100 in almost 60 years, now becomes the first such song to reach the top five in that span, jingling 7-3, passing its prior No. 6 peak. The carol joins "The Chipmunk Song", by David Seville & The Chipmunks, which spent four weeks at No. 1 beginning December 22, 1958, as the only two top-five holiday hits in the Hot 100's 60-year history.

"Christmas" rules the Holiday 100 (for a 35th week of the chart's 40 weeks of existence, since its 2011 launch) and becomes the first holiday hit ever to reach No. 1 on Streaming Songs (which began in January 2013). Winning the Hot 100's top Streaming Gainer award, it pushes 3-1 on Streaming Songs, up 49 percent to 51.9 million U.S. streams in the week ending December 27, a new record weekly total for a seasonal song.

"Christmas" also gains on Digital Song Sales (16,000, up 13 percent, although it falls 11-17), while plunging 18-43 on Radio Songs (24.2 million, down 41 percent), as the latter chart's tracking week covered five full days after Christmas (Dec. 24-30); conversely, all holiday titles sport gains on Streaming Songs and Digital Song Sales, both of which reflect the December 21-27 tracking week.

"Christmas" first appeared on Carey's 1994 album Merry Christmas, which concurrently makes its first appearance in the top 10 of the Billboard 200 since its original season of release. Meanwhile, thanks to Grande, Halsey and Carey, women in lead roles monopolize the Hot 100's top three simultaneously for the first time in over four years; on the November 29, 2014-dated chart, Taylor Swift's "Blank Space" rose 3-1, supplanting her own "Shake It Off" (1-3), marking the first self-replacement at No. 1 by a female artist, and Meghan Trainor's "All About That Bass" held at No. 2.


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