Justin Bieber’s “Mistletoe” jingles 2-1 on Billboard’s final Holiday Songs chart this season, dethroning Mariah Carey’s 1994 carol “All I Want for Christmas Is You,” which led the list all four of its previous weeks.
This year, Billboard premiered the 50-position seasonal songs survey, which ranks holiday tracks of all eras based on a formula blending airplay on more than 1,200 radio stations, download sales and streaming data as tracked by Nielsen Entertainment.
“Mistletoe” decorates the Holiday Songs perch by registering a 147% gain to 155,000 downloads sold in the Dec. 19-25 tracking week, according to Nielsen SoundScan and holding at No. 1 for an eighth (non-consecutive) week on the Holiday Digital Songs chart.
On Holiday Airplay, “Mistletoe” debuts at No. 44 with a 78% increase to 12 million in audience, according to Nielsen BDS. The song has drawn its greatest radio support from adult and pop stations, as it jumps 6-2 as the Greatest Gainer on Adult Contemporary and becomes the Pop Songs chart’s first holiday hit in 12 years with a launch at No. 40.
Carey can’t be too upset with Bieber for knocking her out of the Holiday Songs penthouse: their duet remake of “Want” rebounds 37-24.
Both “Mistletoe” and the “Want” collaboration with Carey appear on Bieber’s album “Under The Mistletoe,” which ranks at No. 4 on the Billboard 200 in its eighth chart week. The set has sold 1.23 million copies, according to SoundScan, making “Mistletoe,” with one week left in the year, the seventh-biggest selling album of 2011.
Michael Buble’s ballad version of “Want,” meanwhile, bullets at No. 22 on Holiday Songs; it logs a fifth week atop Adult Contemporary this week, matching Josh Groban’s “Believe” (2004-05) for the longest reign for a holiday song in the AC chart’s 50-year history.
Below Bieber’s “Mistletoe” and Carey’s original “Want,” Jose Feliciano’s “Feliz Navidad” (No. 3), Nat King Cole’s “The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas to You)” (No. 4) and Brenda Lee’s “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” (No. 5) round out the top five on the Holiday Songs chart that reflects activity through Christmas Day.
Bieber places an additional song in the Holiday Songs top 10, as “Drummer Boy” debuts at No. 9.
As the survey is not only a ranking of Christmas songs, Adam Sandler’s “The Chanukah Song” bounds in at No. 20. The 1995 single (“for all those nice little Jewish kids who don’t get to hear any Chanukah songs”) soars 30-5 on Holiday Digital Songs (21,000, up 107%) after the eight-day holiday began Dec. 20.
Check billboard.biz tomorrow (Dec. 29), when all rankings, including Holiday Songs, will be refreshed, as they are each Thursday.