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Mariah Carey’s ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’ Rules Holiday 100, as Chart Returns For the Season

Plus, Wham!'s "Last Christmas" hits a new high and Jonas Brothers' "Like It's Christmas" debuts.

The Holiday 100 returns to Billboard‘s charts menu, ranking the top seasonal songs of all eras via the same formula used for the Billboard Hot 100, blending streaming, airplay and sales data.

Like a shiny ornament placed in its familiar, special spot atop a tree, Mariah Carey‘s “All I Want For Christmas Is You” rules the Holiday 100, for a 36th of the chart’s 41 total weeks since the list launched in 2011; it has topped the tally for 21 consecutive weeks, dating to the start of the 2015-16 holiday season.

The only other Holiday 100 No. 1s to date: Justin Bieber‘s “Mistletoe,” for a week in the 2011-12 holiday season; Pentatonix‘s “Little Drummer Boy” (one, 2013-14) and “Mary, Did You Know?” (two, 2014-15); and, Ariana Grande‘s “Santa Tell Me” (one, 2014-15).

Carey’s 1994 carol crowns all three of the Holiday 100’s component charts (with all tallies dated Dec. 7): Holiday Airplay (26.2 million audience impressions, up 64%, in the tracking week, according to Nielsen Music); Holiday Streaming Songs (23.7 million U.S. streams, up 35%); and Holiday Digital Song Sales (6,000 sold, up 41%).

Newly aiding the song this season, a video featuring unreleased footage from the original clip’s shoot arrived Nov. 1. On the Dec. 7-dated Hot 100, the song surges 31-18, after it reached No. 3 last season, becoming the highest-charting holiday hit by a soloist in the chart’s history.


Rounding out the Holiday 100’s top five is a quartet of multi-generational favorites: Brenda Lee‘s “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” (No. 2); Wham!‘s “Last Christmas” (No. 3, a new high, as the movie of the same name, inspired by the song, premiered Nov. 8); Bobby Helms‘ “Jingle Bell Rock” (No. 4); and Burl Ives‘ “A Holly Jolly Christmas” (No. 5).

The Holiday 100’s top 20 includes one song released this century, Kelly Clarkson‘s 2013 track “Underneath the Tree” (No. 13), while Jonas Brothers‘ “Like It’s Christmas” is the highest-ranking new seasonal single on the survey (No. 25).

The entire latest Holiday 100 will update on Billboard.com tomorrow (Dec. 3).