Women in Music 2016

Matthew & Gunnar Nelson Return to Billboard's Charts After 20 Years

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Gunnar (left) and Matthew Nelson. 

The twins end a 20-year chart hiatus as 'This Christmas' enters Adult Contemporary.

The love and affection for Matthew and Gunnar Nelson has been rekindled.

The twin brothers appear on a Billboard chart for the first time in more than 20 years, as original holiday song "This Christmas" debuts on the Adult Contemporary tally (dated Dec. 12) at No. 22. The new single (featuring Alyssa Bonagura) introduces the siblings' first holiday set of the same name, released digitally Nov. 20 and due in physical form tomorrow (Dec. 4).

Billed as Nelson, the pair topped the Billboard Hot 100 in 1990 with its breakthrough hit "(Can't Live Without Your) Love and Affection," from parent double-Platinum album After the Rain. The title cut followed, reaching No. 6 on the Hot 100. "More Than Ever" (No. 14) and "Only Time Will Tell" (No. 28) also hit the top 40.

"It's a challenge to write a Christmas song that's not like something people have heard a million times before," Gunnar Nelson says of the set's title song. "So, we started talking about this concept of two best friends that realize, on the night of miracles, that actually they're in love with each other and always have been. If miracles can happen on Christmas, maybe that's the night people in love can risk telling each other."

The brothers' new hit also adds a chapter to the family's legacy: Matthew and Gunnar's late father, Ricky, scored the Hot 100's first No. 1: "Poor Little Fool" in 1958.