Mariah Carey's 'All I Want' Crowns Billboard's Holiday Songs Chart
Like a star shining bright atop a Christmas tree, Mariah Carey's 1994 carol "All I Want for Christmas Is You" tops Billboard's list of the 100 most popular seasonal songs.
The special holiday recap is based on a formula blending sales and airplay data for the period of Oct. 5, 2009, through Jan. 3, 2010, as measured by Nielsen SoundScan and Nielsen BDS, respectively.
Brenda Lee's 1958 chestnut "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" ranks second on the survey, followed by "Christmas Eve/Sarajevo 12/24," Trans-Siberian Orchestra's 1995 rock instrumental medley of "Carol of the Bells" and "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen," at No. 3.
Wham!'s 1984 holiday single "Last Christmas" (No. 9), the second-youngest song in the top 10 after Carey's chart-topping title, and Andy Williams' "The Most Wonderful Time of the Year" (No. 10) complete the top tier.
While decades-old standards populate the majority of the list, several relatively newer songs show, including Taylor Swift and the "Glee" cast's covers of "Last Christmas" (Nos. 15 and 20, respectively), Lady Gaga's "Christmas Tree" (No. 23) and Josh Groban's "Believe" (No. 34).
Not all the entries on the holiday chart are specific to Christmas. Adam Sandler's "The Chanukah Song" lights up the list at No. 42, while Dan Fogelberg's "Same Old Lang Syne," with lyrics recounting a bittersweet New Year's Eve reunion with a former love, ranks at No. 44.
Bing Crosby leads all artists with four songs on the survey. Following "White Christmas" at No. 8 are "It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas" (No. 49), "Peace on Earth/Little Drummer Boy," with David Bowie (No. 79), and "Hawaiian Christmas Song (Mele Kalikimaka)," with the Andrews Sisters (No. 94).
The most popular Christmas character, according to the chart? Santa Claus (of course), who's mentioned in nine titles, including his "Little Saint Nick"-name, courtesy of the Beach Boys, at No. 27.