In the 2015-16 holiday season, "Christmas" hit a No. 11 Hot 100 high, which it matches this week. The song gains by 47 percent to 24.2 million U.S. streams in the week ending Dec. 7, according to Nielsen Music; 33 percent to 21,000 downloads sold in the same tracking span; and 4 percent to 27 million in airplay audience in the week ending Dec. 10. Those sums place "Christmas" at No. 13 on both the Streaming Songs and Digital Song Sales charts and No. 42 on Radio Songs.
This season, "Christmas" has two more weekly Hot 100s left on which to reach the top 10. The Dec. 30 chart, highlights of which will post on Billboard.com Monday (Dec. 18), with the chart posting in full the following day, will cover streaming and sales in the week ending Dec. 14 and radio airplay in the week ending Dec. 17. The following chart will encompass streaming and sales for the week ending Dec. 21 and airplay for the week ending Dec. 24.
Carey is certainly vying for a top 10 spot:
Over on Billboard's Holiday 100 songs chart, which ranks the top weekly holiday songs of all eras, "Christmas" reigns for a record-extending 28th week. No other song has led for more than two frames since the list's 2011 launch.
Meanwhile, the song's parent album, Merry Christmas, takes a 31-20 sleigh ride up the Billboard 200, marking the set's highest rank since Jan. 14, 1995, when it placed at No. 17. The LP peaked at No. 3 on Dec. 17, 1994 (following its release that November). On the Top Holiday Albums chart, the set, up 39 percent to 24,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending Dec. 7, pushes 7-4, its best placement since Jan. 11, 1997.
Additional reporting by Keith Caulfield.