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Brett Eldredge & Meghan Trainor Heat Up Atop AC Chart With 'Baby, It's Cold Outside'
Both earn their first AC No. 1. Meanwhile, the song is the third holiday hit to top the tally in the past month, the most ever in one holiday season.
Country star Brett Eldredge elevates to No. 1 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary radio airplay chart, as his version of the yuletide classic "Baby, It's Cold Outside," featuring pop singer-songwriter Meghan Trainor, rises 2-1 on the list dated Jan. 7, 2017.
All charts will update on Billboard.com tomorrow, Dec. 28.
The carol marks the first AC No. 1 for each artist. Eldredge reigns in his first visit to the chart, while Trainor hits the top in her ninth appearance. Among four prior top 10s, she'd peaked as high as No. 2 with "Like I'm Gonna Lose You," featuring John Legend (Dec. 19, 2015). (Those entries include her holiday ballad "I'll Be Home," which jingled to No. 5 in January 2015.)
"Outside" adds Greatest Gainer honors on AC, up 9 percent in plays in the week ending Dec. 25, according to Nielsen Music.
"Outside" concurrently bounds 31-26 on the airplay, sales and streaming-based Hot Country Songs chart and 52-36 on Country Airplay, also as the chart's Greatest Gainer (3 million in audience, up 118 percent).
Eldredge, meanwhile, crowns Country Airplay for a second week with "Wanna Be That Song" (39 million, down 16 percent), his fifth No. 1 at the format. He first led with "Don't Ya" for two weeks in August 2013. "Outside" is from his holiday album Glow, which debuted (and peaked) at No. 2 on the Top Country Albums chart dated Nov. 19 and has sold 89,000 copies in its first eight weeks.
"Outside" marks Trainor's first Hot Country Songs and Country Airplay entry as an artist. As a writer, she co-authored Rascal Flatts' Country Airplay No. 1 "I Like the Sound of That" (April 30, 2016) and Lauren Alaina's current single "Road Less Traveled," which reached No. 17 on the Dec. 31 chart.
Going by the number of holiday songs that have decorated the top of the AC chart in the past four weeks, this year marks the most festive season in the tally's 55-year history. "Outside" dethrones Train's "This Christmas," which ascended to No. 1 on the Dec. 17 chart and rebounded for a second frame on top a week ago. In between, Josh Groban's "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" crowned the Dec. 24-dated survey. Previously, as many as two holiday tracks had led the list in the same season (in both 2006 and 2007).
"Outside" is additionally the second holiday song to top AC via two versions, as Idina Menzel's take with Michael Buble led for three weeks beginning Dec. 20, 2014. Train made "This Christmas" the first such repeat No. 1, following Seal's version a year ago. (Frank Loesser wrote "Outside" in 1944. His beloved catalog also includes "What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?" and "Heart and Soul," which is central to the hook of Train's current non-seasonal single, "Play That Song.")
Here's an updated recap of all the holiday songs that have dashed to the top of the AC chart. (None did so until 2001, around the time that a majority of AC stations began playing seasonal songs 24/7 between Thanksgiving and Christmas annually.)
Holiday No. 1s on Billboard's Adult Contemporary Chart
Title, Artist, Chart Date Reached No. 1, Weeks at No. 1
"Baby, It's Cold Outside," Brett Eldredge featuring Meghan Trainor, Jan. 7, 2017
"Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," Josh Groban, Dec. 24, 2016, one
"This Christmas," Train, Dec. 17, 2016, two
"This Christmas," Seal, Jan. 2, 2016, one
"Baby It's Cold Outside," Idina Menzel duet with Michael Buble, Dec. 20, 2014, three
"Underneath the Tree," Kelly Clarkson, Dec. 2, 2013, four
"Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow," Rod Stewart, Dec. 8, 2012, five
"All I Want for Christmas Is You," Michael Buble, Dec. 10, 2011, five
"Oh Santa!," Mariah Carey, Dec. 18, 2010, four
"A Baby Changes Everything," Faith Hill, Dec. 20, 2008, three
"I'll Be Home for Christmas," Josh Groban, Dec. 22, 2007, three
"Frosty the Snowman," Kimberley Locke, Dec. 15, 2007, one
"It Came Upon a Midnight Clear," Daryl Hall John Oates, Dec. 30, 2006, two
"Jingle Bells," Kimberley Locke, Dec. 23, 2006, one
"Up on the Housetop," Kimberley Locke, Dec. 17, 2005, four
"Believe," Josh Groban, Dec. 11, 2004, five
"Sending You a Little Christmas," Jim Brickman with Kristy Starling, Jan. 3, 2004, one
"O Holy Night," Josh Groban, Dec. 28, 2002, two
"Simple Things," Jim Brickman featuring Rebecca Lynn Howard, Jan. 5, 2002, one
"The Christmas Shoes," NewSong, Jan. 6, 2001, one