'Santa Claus' brings the gift of a milestone entry.
More than four decades into his legendary career, Barry Manilow continues to make himself at home on Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart.
Manilow makes his milestone 50th visit to the survey, as "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town" debuts at No. 22 (as the AC format begins its annual migration to playing holiday music). The song appears on Manilow's new yuletide compilation, "The Classic Christmas Album."
With the arrival of "Santa," Manilow passes Johnny Mathis (49 entries) and becomes just the fifth artist to make at least 50 visits in the AC chart's 51-year history. Elton John leads with 68, followed by Barbra Streisand (64), Neil Diamond (58) and Elvis Presley (53).