Hot 100 Chart Moves: Holiday Favorites by Brenda Lee, Nat King Cole, Wham! & More Return

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Brenda Lee photographed on Aug. 8, 1964. 

Andy Williams and Burl Ives' Christmas classics re-enter at new peaks, too.

December has arrived, snow has begun to fall and, of course, holiday music is soundtracking the season. From Brenda Lee to Nat King Cole, Wham! and more, multiple Christmas songs jingle their way back onto the Billboard Hot 100 chart (dated Dec. 8).

Above the six returning carols on the Hot 100, Mariah Carey's "All I Want for Christmas Is You" places highest among holiday tracks, leaping 29-14 in its second week back, earning top Streaming Gainer honors (up 53 percent to 22 million U.S. streams, according to Nielsen Music), drawing 27.5 million radio audience impressions (up 19 percent) and selling 12,000 downloads (up 40 percent). The song presides over Billboard's Holiday 100 chart, which returns this week and ranks the top holiday hits of all eras using the same methodology as the Hot 100, blending streaming, airplay and sales data.

Carey's "Christmas" entered the Hot 100's top 10 for the first time last holiday season, 23 years after its 1994 release, reaching a No. 9 high.

Here's a look at all the holiday songs on the latest Hot 100 (with older songs eligible to chart if showing multi-metric gains and ranking in the top 50):

Rank, Title, Artist
No. 14, "All I Want for Christmas Is You," Mariah Carey
No. 21, "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year," Andy Williams
No. 23, "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree," Brenda Lee
No. 26, "A Holly Jolly Christmas," Burl Ives
No. 33, "Jingle Bell Rock," Bobby Helms
No. 39, "The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas to You)," Nat King Cole
No. 43, "Last Christmas," Wham!

Williams' "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year," at No. 21, and Ives' "A Holly Jolly Christmas," at No. 26, both re-enter the Hot 100 at new peaks. "Wonderful" previously reached No. 32 on the Jan. 3, 2018, chart, and hits a new high with 24.1 million in airplay audience (up 4 percent), 21.9 million streams (up 92 percent) and 3,000 sold (up 38 percent). The late legend had last charted higher on the Hot 100 in 1971 and reached his top placement with "Can't Get Used to Losing You," a No. 2 hit in 1963.

Ives' "Holly" also attains a new best Hot 100 rank with 25 million in radio reach (up 9 percent), 18.3 million streams (up 88 percent) and 3,000 sold (up 48 percent). The late singer logs his highest rank since Sept. 1, 1962, when his "Call Me Mr. In-Between" placed at No. 23 after reaching No. 19. He hit a personal-high No. 9 with "Itty Bitty Tear" earlier in 1962.

As previously reportedTravis Scott scores his first Hot 100 No. 1 as "Sicko Mode" reigns after spending four (nonconsecutive) weeks at No. 2, helped by the release of a Skrillex remix in the tracking week. "The whole idea when we made the song was to go 'sicko mode,' " Scott told Billboard. "What's more sicko mode than going No. 1?!"

Additional reporting by Gary Trust

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