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Mariah Carey No. 1, Brenda Lee No. 2 in Billboard Hot 100's First-Ever 'Christmas' Double Up

Mariah Carey
Dennis Leupold

Mariah Carey

Carey's 'All I Want for Christmas Is You' breaks the weekly streaming record for a holiday song.

Holiday songs hang atop the Billboard Hot 100's two highest boughs for the first time in the chart's history, as Mariah Carey's "All I Want for Christmas Is You" leads the list for a second week and Brenda Lee's "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" rises from No. 3 to No. 2, reaching a new peak.

Carey's carol also breaks its own record for the biggest streaming week ever for a holiday song: 54.4 million U.S. streams in the week ending Dec. 19, according to Nielsen Music.

Meanwhile, a record-tying four seasonal songs rank in the Hot 100's top 10, as Burl Ives' "A Holly Jolly Christmas" climbs 10-6 for a new high and Bobby Helms' "Jingle Bell Rock" rolls 15-9.

Beyond that sleighful of holiday hits, Post Malone earns his first No. 1 on the Radio Songs chart with his former Hot 100 leader "Circles," now at No. 3 on the latter list, and Lil Uzi Vert's "Futsal Shuffle 2020" launches at No. 5 on the Hot 100.

The Hot 100 blends all-genre U.S. streaming, radio airplay and sales data. All charts (dated Dec. 28) will update on Billboard.com tomorrow (Dec. 24).

Carey's "Christmas," on Columbia/Legacy Records, tops the Streaming Songs chart for a third consecutive week, and fourth total frame (after a week at No. 1 last holiday season), up 19% to 54.4 million U.S. streams in the week ending Dec. 19, according to Nielsen Music. The total is the best weekly sum ever for a holiday hit, surpassing the 51.9 million that the song drew last season (Jan. 5, 2019).

"Christmas" drops to No. 7 on Digital Song Sales after its second week at No. 1 (following a week on top in 2005), down 44% to 15,000 sold in the week ending Dec. 19. (For two days in the prior tracking week, ending Dec. 12, Carey sold CD singles of "Christmas" on her website, available for pre-order with consumers receiving a download upon purchase.)

On Radio Songs, "Christmas" surges 27-14, gaining by 26% to 42.9 million in all-format airplay audience in the week ending Dec. 22, as it wins the Hot 100's top Airplay Gainer award.

Originally released in 1994 on Carey's album Merry Christmas, the modern classic reached the Hot 100's top 10 at last in December 2017 and rose to its prior No. 3 high last holiday season, before topping the tally for the first time last week and becoming only the second holiday No. 1 ever on the Hot 100, joining The Chipmunks' "The Chipmunk Song" (with David Seville), which ruled for four weeks in 1958-59.

Among other feats achieved last week with the Hot 100 coronation of "Christmas," Carey collected her 19th No. 1, extending her record for the most among soloists and moving to within one of The Beatles' record 20. This week, she adds her record-extending 81st career week at No. 1 and extends the longest span of Hot 100 No. 1s for any artist: 29 years, four months and three weeks, dating to her first frame at No. 1 on the chart dated Aug. 4, 1990, with "Vision of Love."

Additionally last week, Carey became the fourth artist with Hot 100 No. 1s in the 1990s, 2000s & 2010s, joining Christina Aguilera, Britney Spears and Usher. No act has ever logged time at No. 1 on the Hot 100 in four distinct decades, consecutively or otherwise; thus, if "Christmas" is No. 1 on the chart next week (dated Jan. 4, 2020), Carey would become the first artist to achieve the honor. (A new video for "Christmas," released Friday, Dec. 20, will help the song's fortunes on next week's charts.)

Carey's "Christmas" concurrently tops the streaming-, sales- and airplay-based Holiday 100 chart for a 39th total week, of the 44 overall frames in the chart's history, dating to its 2011 inception.

Meanwhile, Brenda Lee's "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" pushes 3-2 on the Hot 100, marking a new high; it entered the top 10 for the first time last holiday season, over 58 years after it debuted on the chart.

The chestnut is the third-highest-charting holiday hit in the Hot 100's 61-year archives, as holiday songs rank in the top two spots simultaneously for the first time:

Highest-Charting Holiday Songs in the Hot 100's History
No. 1, two weeks to-date, Dec. 21, 2019, "All I Want for Christmas Is You," Mariah Carey
No. 1, four weeks, beginning Dec. 22, 1958, "The Chipmunk Song," by The Chipmunks with David Seville
No. 2, Dec. 28, 2019, "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree," Brenda Lee
No. 6, Dec. 28, 2019, "A Holly Jolly Christmas," Burl Ives
No. 7, Jan. 8, 2000, "Auld Lang Syne," Kenny G
No. 7, Jan. 6, 1990, "This One's for the Children," New Kids on the Block
No. 8, Jan. 5, 2019, "Jingle Bell Rock," Bobby Helms
No. 9, Feb. 21, 1981, "Same Old Lang Syne," Dan Fogelberg
No. 10, Dec. 29, 2018, "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year," Andy Williams

Notably, for several years (1963-72; 1983-85, barring occasional exceptions), holiday songs were ineligible to chart on the Hot 100, instead appearing on separate holiday rankings. This decade, seasonal songs have proven strong in streaming, further helping spark some of the highest peaks for Yuletide tunes in the chart's entire history.

"Rockin' " likewise rises 3-2 on Streaming Songs (45.3 million, up 22%), aided by a new animated music video. It ascends 34-33 on Radio Songs (27 million, up 3%) and 38-30 on Digital Song Sales (6,000, up 5%).

Originally released in 1958, "Rockin' " first appeared on the Hot 100 dated Dec. 12, 1960. Last week, when it dashed 8-3, it completed the longest climb ever to the top five from a song's bow: 59 years and nine days.

Meanwhile, two other holiday hits scale the Hot 100's top 10: Burl Ives' "A Holly Jolly Christmas" reaches a new high, lifting 10-6, and Bobby Helms' "Jingle Bell Rock" gallops 15-9. The quartet of Christmas songs in the current Hot 100's top 10 ties for the merriest such week ever, as the same four songs shared space in the region on the Jan. 5, 2019-dated chart.

Post Malone's "Circles" drops 2-3 on the Hot 100 after topping the charts dated Nov. 30 and Dec. 7. The singer/rapper achieves his first No. 1 on Radio Songs with the single, as it ascends 2-1, up 3% to 96.7 million in audience. Post Malone had previously peaked at No. 2 on Radio Songs with "Psycho" (featuring Ty Dolla $ign) and "Better Now," both in 2018.

Arizona Zervas' "Roxanne" reaches a new Hot 100 high, climbing 6-4, as it leads the multi-metric Hot Rap Songs chart for a fourth week and becomes the newcomer's first No. 1 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs.

Lil Uzi Vert's "Futsal Shuffle 2020" soars in at No. 5 on the Hot 100, as it opens in at No. 3 on Streaming Songs with 40.9 million U.S. streams. On Digital Song Sales, it starts at No. 29 with 6,000 sold.

The rapper tallies his third Hot 100 top 10, and first top five entry in a lead role. In 2017, he spent three weeks at No. 1 as featured on Migos' "Bad and Boujee" and reached No. 7 with his own "XO TOUR Llif3."

Elsewhere in the Hot 100's top 10, Maroon 5's No. 4-peaking "Memories" holds at No. 7; Lewis Capaldi's "Someone You Loved" drops 4-8, after it logged three weeks at No. 1; and Lizzo's No. 3-peaking "Good as Hell" descends 5-10, while ruling Hot R&B Songs for a seventh week.

Just beyond the Hot 100's top 10, Wham!'s 1984 classic "Last Christmas" hits the top 20 for the first time, jingling 26-17 and surpassing its prior No. 25 peak, set last holiday season. The duo (which comprised George Michael, who died on Christmas Day in 2016, and Andrew Ridgeley) scores its seventh top 20 hit and its highest rank since "The Edge of Heaven" reached No. 10 in August 1986. (Michael last ranked in the top 20 solo with his No. 8 hit "Fastlove" in 1996.)

Find out more Hot 100 news on Billboard.com this week, and, for all chart news, you can listen (and subscribe) to Billboard's Pop Shop Podcast and follow @billboard and @billboardcharts on both Twitter and Instagram. And again, be sure to visit Billboard.com tomorrow (Dec. 24), when all charts, including the Hot 100 in its entirety, will refresh.

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