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Idina Menzel & Michael Buble Top AC With ‘Baby It’s Cold Outside’

Their duet becomes the format's latest holiday leader. It's the 16th seasonal song ever to rule AC, joining such No. 1s by artists including Mariah Carey, Kelly Clarkson and Josh Groban.

Idina Menzel and Michael Buble’s duet-slash-accurate weather report (depending on where you’re reading this), “Baby It’s Cold Outside,” rises 2-1 on Billboard‘s Adult Contemporary chart.

The song appears on Menzel’s holiday album Holiday Wishes, which became her first Billboard 200 top 10, reaching No. 10 two weeks ago. The set has sold 161,000 copies in its first seven weeks, according to Nielsen Music.

“Cold” is Menzel’s first AC leader (after previously rising as high as No. 9 with “Let It Go,” from Frozen, in May) and Buble’s fifth. He’d last led for five weeks in 2011-12 with another holiday hit, his cover of Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You.”


As the singers soar to No. 1, “Cold” becomes the 16th yuletide title to top the tally. All have led since 2001, around the time that the number of new holiday releases increased as the majority of AC stations began making ratings-seeking switches to playing seasonal songs 24/7 for the first time in the format’s history.

Here’s a holly, jolly recap of the holiday titles to top AC. Perhaps surprisingly, only half (eight) of the 16 seasonal leaders are covers of decades-old standards; despite AC’s reliance on familiar carols, more modern fare by the likes of Carey, Kelly Clarkson and Josh Groban have also dashed all the way to No. 1.

Title, Artist, Date Reached No. 1, Weeks at No. 1
“Baby It’s Cold Outside,” Idina Menzel Duet With Michael Buble, Dec. 20, 2014, one (to-date)
“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 featuring Rebecca Lynn Howard, Jan. 5, 2002, one
“The Christmas Shoes,” NewSong, Jan. 6, 2001, one