Billboard's Holiday Songs & Albums Charts Return
'Tis the season for Billboard to rank the 100 hottest holiday songs and the 50 best-selling Yuletide albums each week
It's already looking a lot like Christmas on Billboard.com and Billboardbiz, as the Holiday 100 and Holiday Albums charts return, while a new seasonal ranking, Holiday Streaming Songs, launches.
Mariah Carey's 1994 carol "All I Want for Christmas Is You" crowns the Holiday 100 songs chart, which expands from 50 positions last year to 100 online. The chart employs the same Nielsen data-based airplay/streaming/sales hybrid methodology as the Billboard Hot 100, with holiday songs of all eras eligible to appear.
Carey's hit tops Holiday Digital Songs with 29,000 downloads sold (up 89%), according to Nielsen SoundScan, and Holiday Streaming Songs with 833,000 U.S. streams (up 71%), according to Nielsen BDS. It ranks at No. 4 on Holiday Airplay with 24.2 million audience impressions (up 127%), according to BDS. Brenda Lee's 1958 classic "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" (No. 2 on the Holiday 100) leads Holiday Airplay with 24.9 million in listenership. Holiday Digital Songs, Holiday Airplay and Holiday Streaming Songs will also appear on Billboard's websites through the holiday season.
Bobby Helms' "Jingle Bell Rock" (No. 3), Nat King Cole's "The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas to You)" (No. 4) and Burl Ives' "A Holly Jolly Christmas" (No. 5) round out the Holiday 100's top five.
Ariana Grande claims the chart's top holiday song released this season, "Love Is Everything," at No. 15. Also arriving in the top 40 are Pentatonix's "Little Drummer Boy" (No. 23), Grande's cover of Wham!'s "Last Christmas" (No. 32; the original ranks at No. 11), Kristen Bell, Agatha Lee Monn and Katie Lopez's "Do You Want to Build a Snowman?," from the soundtrack to the Disney film "Frozen," and Kelly Clarkson's "Underneath the Tree" (No. 34).
Not surprisingly, decades-old classics infuse the upper reaches of Holiday Airplay, while newer titles and more modern acts are more top-heavy on Holiday Digital Songs and Holiday Streaming Songs, as the latter two tallies cater more to active consumers. On Holiday Streaming Songs, especially notably, Carey, Michael Buble (three cuts) and Justin Bieber comprise the top five.
Buble boasts the most titles on the Holiday 100 (five), while "Sleigh Ride" is the chart's most popular title: five versions of the song deck the chart, courtesy of Leroy Anderson (No. 18), the Ronettes (No. 42), Carpenters (No. 78), Amy Grant (No. 87) and Air Supply (No. 98).
On Holiday Albums, the Robertsons' "Duck the Halls: A Robertson Family Christmas" ranks at No. 1. The companion set to the family's A&E TV series reigns with 136,000 copies sold (up 127%) in the SoundScan tracking week ending Dec. 1. It narrowly bests Clarkson's "Wrapped in Red," at No. 2 with a 195% gain to 131,000.
Mary J. Blige's new-this-season "A Mary Christmas" (No. 3; 57,000, up 82%), Buble's 2011 set "Christmas" (No. 4; 52,000, up 147%) and Susan Boyle's five-week-old "Home for Christmas" (No. 5; 32,000, up 62%) close out the Holiday Albums top five.