Can it hit the top 10 at last?
Untangling its Hot 100 chart history is a bit like doing the same to Christmas tree lights. Here goes: upon its initial 1994 release, the song was not a commercially-available single and, per rules at the time, was ineligible to chart on the Hot 100; it did reach No. 12 on the Radio Songs chart that season. In recent years, the song has hit the Hot 100 annually, as, per current rules, older songs are eligible to debut or return if ranking in the top 50 and are gaining in multiple metrics with a significant reason for their resurgences.
In the 2015-16 holiday season, “Christmas” hit a No. 11 Hot 100 high, which it matches this week. The song gains by 47 percent to 24.2 million U.S. streams in the week ending Dec. 7, according to Nielsen Music; 33 percent to 21,000 downloads sold in the same tracking span; and 4 percent to 27 million in airplay audience in the week ending Dec. 10. Those sums place “Christmas” at No. 13 on both the Streaming Songs and Digital Song Sales charts and No. 42 on Radio Songs.
This season, “Christmas” has two more weekly Hot 100s left on which to reach the top 10. The Dec. 30 chart, highlights of which will post on Billboard.com Monday (Dec. 18), with the chart posting in full the following day, will cover streaming and sales in the week ending Dec. 14 and radio airplay in the week ending Dec. 17. The following chart will encompass streaming and sales for the week ending Dec. 21 and airplay for the week ending Dec. 24.
Carey is certainly vying for a top 10 spot:
#Lambily get into the Christmas spirit with me and stream “All I Want For Christmas Is You” on Spotify, YouTube and Apple Music! —— #AIWFCIY #StreamMariah https://t.co/srzJxnNUS4 pic.twitter.com/kkAUlwQnl9
— Mariah Carey (@MariahCarey) December 13, 2017
Over on Billboard‘s Holiday 100 songs chart, which ranks the top weekly holiday songs of all eras, “Christmas” reigns for a record-extending 28th week. No other song has led for more than two frames since the list’s 2011 launch.
Meanwhile, the song’s parent album, Merry Christmas, takes a 31-20 sleigh ride up the Billboard 200, marking the set’s highest rank since Jan. 14, 1995, when it placed at No. 17. The LP peaked at No. 3 on Dec. 17, 1994 (following its release that November). On the Top Holiday Albums chart, the set, up 39 percent to 24,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending Dec. 7, pushes 7-4, its best placement since Jan. 11, 1997.
Additional reporting by Keith Caulfield.