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Hot 100 Chart Moves: Mariah Carey’s ‘Christmas’ Makes a Merry Return

"All I Want for Christmas Is You" re-enters at No. 23. Plus, Hot 100 action for Machine Gun Kelly, Camila Cabello, Alessia Cara, Lin-Manuel Miranda & more.

As previously reported, Rae Sremmurd rules the Billboard Hot 100 (dated Dec. 17) for a fourth week with “Black Beatles,” featuring Gucci Mane.

Plus, The Weeknd charts all 18 songs from his new Billboard 200 No. 1 Starboy on the Hot 100; Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson makes his Hot 100 debut with “You’re Welcome,” from the soundtrack to Moana, at No. 83; and Noah Cyrus becomes the latest member of her family to hit the Hot 100, as “Make Me (Cry),” featuring Labrinth, bows at No. 98.

Oh, and all of Billboard‘s 2016 year-end charts arrived Thursday morning (Dec. 8), as well. Justin Bieber boasts the top two songs on the year-end Hot 100: “Love Yourself” at No. 1 and “Sorry” at No. 2, making him just the third act to monopolize the top two spots in a year; Usher doubled up in 2004, while the Beatles did so in 1964.

Who else makes noteworthy moves on the latest weekly Hot 100?


Mariah Carey, “All I Want for Christmas Is You”
It’s the gift that keeps on giving, for Carey and Lambs alike, as the star’s modern holiday classic dashes back to the Hot 100 at No. 23. The carol re-enters with 27 million in all-format radio audience (up 21 percent) in the tracking week, 7.8 million U.S. streams (up 63 percent) and 24,000 downloads sold (up 74 percent), according to Nielsen Music.

“Christmas,” which jingled all the way to its No. 11 Hot 100 peak last holiday season, continues at No. 1 on the Holiday 100 chart. Since the seasonal survey’s 2011 inception, the song has ruled for 22 cumulative weeks; no other title has led for more than two frames. “Christmas” is additionally the best-selling holiday download (since Nielsen began tracking digital song sales in 2003), with 3.2 million sold to-date, while 1994 parent LP Merry Christmas has sold 5.5 million copies in the U.S.

The latest chart advances for “Christmas” add to a productive holiday season for Carey, the record-holder for the most No. 1s, 18, by a soloist in the Hot 100’s 58-year history. On Dec. 4, her reality show Mariah’s World premiered on E! (“I love my #JLT [Job Long Time]” she beamed while live-tweeting the episode), and, on Dec. 17, she wraps a run of nine All I Want for Christmas Is You concerts at the Beacon Theatre in New York.

Machine Gun Kelly x Camila Cabello, “Bad Things”
The song zooms 28-17 on the Hot 100 as the chart’s top gainer in streaming, following the Dec. 1 arrival of its official video. It debuts at No. 30 on Streaming Songs (7.6 million domestic clicks, up 30 percent) and blasts 20-7 on Digital Song Sales (40,000 sold, up 36 percent). It concurrently pushes 40-27 on Radio Songs (37 million in audience, up 23 percent).

Also notably, by roaring 28-17 on the Hot 100, “Things” passes the peak of the song on which its chorus is based: Fastball’s “Out of My Head” reached No. 20 in 1999.

Auli’i Cravalho / Alessia Cara, “How Far I’ll Go”
Opetaia Foa’i & Lin-Manuel Miranda, “We Know the Way”
“You’re Welcome” by Johnson (clearly thrilled about his chart achievement) isn’t the only Moana song to enter the Hot 100. “How Far I’ll Go” arrives in two versions, by Cravalho and Cara, at Nos. 52 and 88, respectively, along with Opetaia Foa’i and Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “We Know the Way” (No. 93). The tracks start on Digital Song Sales at (in order) No. 9 (with 36,000 sold), No. 33 (18,000) and No. 38 (16,000).