Chart Highlights: Kelly Clarkson, Seth MacFarlane, Meghan Trainor Debut Holiday Songs on AC

Jeremy Cowart
Kelly Clarkson

'Tis the season for the Adult Contemporary chart to welcome a sleighful of yuletide tunes.

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Pop Songs
*** No. 1 (3 weeks)*** "Animals" Maroon 5
Greatest Gainer No. 5 "Blank Space" Taylor Swift
Debut No. 30 "Night Changes" One Direction
Debut No. 38 "Riptide" Vance Joy
Debut No. 40 "Tuesday" I LOVE MAKONNEN Featuring Drake


Adult Pop Songs
*** No. 1 (2 weeks)*** "Animals" Maroon 5
Greatest Gainer No. 5 "Blank Space" Taylor Swift
Debut No. 36 "Geronimo" Sheppard
Debut No. 39 "Budapest" George Ezra
Debut No. 40 "Love Me Harder" Ariana Grande & The Weeknd


Adult Contemporary
*** No. 1 (4 weeks)*** "Shake It Off" Taylor Swift
Greatest Gainer No. 2 "Baby It's Cold Outside" Idina Menzel Duet With Michael Buble

Debut No. 11 "Wrapped In Red" Kelly Clarkson
Artists add their annual holiday decorations to the Adult Contemporary chart, led by Clarkson's debut at No. 11 with "Wrapped in Red." The original song is the title cut from her 2013 holiday album. (Only newly released seasonal songs or cuts being promoted to radio for the first time are eligible for the chart.) Two Christmas covers also debut in the tally's top 15: Whitney Wolanin's version of "Silver Bells" (No. 12) and Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane's take on "Baby, It's Cold Outside" (featuring Sara Bareilles) (No. 15). Meanwhile, Idina Menzel and Michael Buble's interpretation of the latter carol soars 16-2 as the chart's Greatest Gainer (up 116 percent in plays, according to Nielsen BDS).

Debut No. 12 "Silver Bells" Whitney Wolanin
Debut No. 15 "Baby, It's Cold Outside" Seth MacFarlane Featuring Sara Bareilles
Debut No. 16 "That's Christmas To Me" Pentatonix
Debut No. 19 "Carol Of The Bells" Kim Walker-Smith
Debut No. 20 "Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!" Dave Koz Feat. Kenny G

Debut No. 21 "I'll Be Home" Meghan Trainor
At No. 21, Meghan Trainor bows with a ballad, the seasonal "I'll Be Home," after breaking through with the doo-wop/pop-flavored smash "All About That Bass" and follow-up "Lips Are Movin." Her holiday track is from the Epic compilation I'll Be Home for Christmas, which features labelmate Bareilles, among others.
 
Debut No. 22 "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" Dan + Shay
Debut No. 24 "Do They Know It's Christmas? (2014)" Band Aid 30

Debut No. 25 "That Silent Night" Jim Brickman Featuring Kenny Rogers
Also notable among yuletide debuts: Kenny Rogers reaches the AC chart for the first time since 1991, as Jim Brickman's "That Silent Night" (featuring Rogers) debuts at No. 25. Rogers had last charted on AC with the No. 9-peaking "Crazy in Love" 23 years ago. The country/pop icon makes his 48th AC visit, tying him with Frank Sinatra for seventh place among acts with the highest totals in the chart's 53-year history. Elton John leads with 70.

Debut No. 26 "Baby, It's Cold Outside" Darius Rucker Featuring Sheryl Crow
Debut No. 27 "Sleigh Ride" Human Nature Featuring Robin Meade
Debut No. 30 "Silent Night" Katherine Jenkins


Dance Club Songs
*** No. 1 (1 week)*** "Heroes (We Could Be)" Alesso Featuring Tove Lo
Greatest Gainer No. 3 "Faded" ZHU
Debut No. 35 "Go All Night" Gorgon City Featuring Jennifer Hudson
Debut No. 46 "All Of You" Betty Who
Debut No. 49 "Dipped In Ecstasy (Codon)" Flaunt Featuring Justin Jennings
Debut No. 50 "Stare At The Ocean" J-Idris


Rhythmic Songs
*** No. 1 (4 weeks)*** "Touchin, Lovin" Trey Songz Featuring Nicki Minaj
Greatest Gainer No. 2 "I Don't F**k With You" Big Sean Featuring E-40
Debut No. 35 "No Type" Rae Sremmurd
Debut No. 40 "Uptown Funk!" Mark Ronson Featuring Bruno Mars


R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay
*** No. 1 (1 week)*** "Tuesday" I LOVE MAKONNEN Featuring Drake
Greatest Gainer No. 19 "7/11" Beyonce
Debut No. 48 "Right Back" DJ Drama Featuring Jeezy, Young Thug, Rich Homie Quan
Debut No. 49 "Goodnight Kisses" Charlie Wilson


Adult R&B Songs
*** No. 1 (10 weeks)*** "Stay With Me" Sam Smith
Greatest Gainer No. 4 "Nobody" Kem
Debut No. 28 "Conqueror" Estelle
Debut No. 29 "I'm Not The Only One" Sam Smith


Rap Airplay
*** No. 1 (2 weeks)***/Greatest Gainer "I Don't F**k With You" Big Sean Feat. E-40
Debut No. 22 "Awwsome" Shy Glizzy


Rock Airplay
*** No. 1 (6 weeks)*** "Something From Nothing" Foo Fighters
Greatest Gainer No. 10 "Cigarette Daydreams" Cage The Elephant
Debut No. 42 "Final Masquerade" Linkin Park
Debut No. 48 "Till It's Gone" YelaWolf
Debut No. 50 "Moving On" Asking Alexandria


Alternative Songs
*** No. 1 (2 weeks)*** "Something From Nothing" Foo Fighters
Greatest Gainer No. 6 "Cigarette Daydreams" Cage The Elephant
Debut No. 38 "Da Vinci" Weezer
Debut No. 40 "Room To Breathe" You Me At Six


Adult Alternative Songs
*** No. 1 (2 weeks)*** "Budapest" George Ezra
Debut/Greatest Gainer No. 30 "Every Breaking Wave" U2


Mainstream Rock Songs
*** No. 1 (6 weeks)*** "Something From Nothing" Foo Fighters
Greatest Gainer No. 26 "Million Miles An Hour" Nickelback
Debut No. 37 "Rock Or Bust" AC/DC
Debut No. 38 "Wish You Hell" Like A Storm
Debut No. 39 "Bent To Fly" Slash Featuring Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators


Country Airplay
*** No. 1 (2 weeks)*** "Somewhere In My Car" Keith Urban
Greatest Gainer No. 16 "I See You" Luke Bryan
Debut No. 55 "Riot" Rascal Flatts


Latin Airplay
*** No. 1 (7 weeks)*** "Tus Besos" Juan Luis Guerra 440
Debut No. 42 "Ella Es Mi Fiesta" Carlos Vives
Debut No. 47 "Lejos de Aqui" Farruko
Debut No. 49 "Culpable" David Bisbal
Debut No. 50 "Por Lo Que Reste de Vida" Thalia
Greatest Gainer "Piensas (Dile La Verdad)" Pitbull Featuring Gente de Zona


Regional Mexican Songs
*** No. 1 (3 weeks)*** "No Me Pidas Perdon" Banda Sinaloense MS de Sergio Lizarraga
Greatest Gainer No. 25 "No Te Vayas" Fidel Rueda
Debut No. 31 "El Que Se Enamora Pierde" Banda Carnaval


Latin Pop Songs
*** No. 1 (4 weeks)*** "Tus Besos" Juan Luis Guerra 440
Debut No. 29 "Ella Es Mi Fiesta" Carlos Vives
Debut/Greatest Gainer No. 35 "Piensas (Dile La Verdad)" Pitbull Featuring Gente de Zona
Debut No. 38 "Me Vuelvo Un Cobarde" Christian Daniel
Debut No. 40 "Don't Tell 'Em" Jeremih Featuring YG


Tropical Songs
*** No. 1 (3 weeks)*** "Que Suenen Los Tambores" Victor Manuelle
Greatest Gainer No. 3 "De Vuelta A Tu Corazon" Guaco
Debut No. 20 "Tracion" Yanforud
Debut No. 35 "Llego El Pavo" Silvio Mora
Debut No. 38 "Plakito" Yandel Featuring El General Gadiel
Debut No. 40 "Yo Quiero" Gente de Zona Featuting Pitbull


Christian Airplay
*** No. 1 (12 weeks)*** "Greater" MercyMe
Debut No. 22 "Something Beautiful" Steven Curtis Chapman
Debut No. 25 "Broken Together" Casting Crowns
Debut No. 26 "Joy" 1 Girl Nation
Debut No. 28 "More Than You Think I Am" Danny Gokey
Debut No. 31 "A Christmas To Believe In" Matthew West
Debut No. 32 "Happy Holiday / Holiday Season" Michael W. Smith
Debut No. 42 "All Is Well" Michael W. Smith Featuring Carrie Underwood
Debut No. 44 "It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year" Michael W. Smith
Debut No. 45 "Almost There" Michael W. Smith Featuring Amy Grant
Debut No. 49 "Do Not Be Afraid" JJ Weeks Band
Debut No. 50 "Not Forgotten" Ryan Stevenson


Gospel Airplay
*** No. 1 (24 weeks)*** "Amazing" Ricky Dillard & New G
Greatest Gainer No. 3 "You Alone" Arkansas Gospel Mass Choir
Debut No. 30 "Have Mercy On Me" Larry Clark

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