Women in Music 2018

John Legend & Esperanza Spalding's 'Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas' Hits No. 1 on AC Chart

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John Legend, "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas"

The song is the first holiday hit to top the tally this season.

John Legend and featured artist Esperanza Spalding hang their version of "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" atop the highest bough on Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart (dated Dec. 8), soaring from No. 6 to No. 1.

The ballad becomes the 22nd AC holiday leader on the ranking since 2000, around the time that a majority of stations in the format began playing seasonal songs heavily, or 24/7, between Thanksgiving and Christmas each year.

The song is also the third two-time AC holiday No. 1, as Josh Groban's version of the standard led in 2016. Two interpretations each of "This Christmas" and "Baby, It's Cold Outside" have topped the tally.

Here's an updated recap of all the holiday songs that have dashed to the top of the AC chart since 2000:

Title, Artist, Chart Date Reached No. 1, Weeks at No. 1
"Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," John Legend feat. Esperanza Spalding, Dec. 8, 2018, one (to date)
"Santa's Coming for Us," Sia, Dec. 23, 2017, three
"Baby, It's Cold Outside," Brett Eldredge feat. Meghan Trainor, Jan. 7, 2017, one
"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 feat. Rebecca Lynn Howard, Jan. 5, 2002, one
"The Christmas Shoes," NewSong, Jan. 6, 2001, one

Legend lands his second AC No. 1, after "All of Me" spent 10 weeks on top in 2014. Spalding reigns in her first visit to the chart. Meanwhile, the collab is one of 15 holiday songs on the 30-position chart.