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Whitney Houston Adds 25th Adult Contemporary Top 10, First Since 2003

Pentatonix's "Do You Hear What I Hear?," featuring the late legend, bounds 15-9.

Late icon Whitney Houston achieves her 25th top 10, and first since 2003, on Billboard‘s Adult Contemporary radio airplay chart, as Pentatonix‘s virtual duet “Do You Hear What I Hear?,” featuring Houston, jumps from No. 15 to No. 9 on the survey dated Dec. 21.

Houston, who died in February 2012, originally recorded the standard, written in 1962, for the all-star 1987 album A Very Special Christmas. The new version marks her first AC top 10 since “Try It on My Own” reached No. 10 in May 2003.

The AC chart measures total weekly plays, as tabulated by Nielsen Music, among its reporting panel of 86 stations, many of which segue to playing holiday music 24/7 during the holiday season.


Houston first reached the AC top 10 on the chart dated June 30, 1984, with her debut entry, “Hold Me,” with Teddy Pendergrass, and her 25 top 10s are the most among women in that span.

Of Houston’s 34 total AC entries, 10 have hit No. 1, from “Saving All My Love for You, in 1985, through “I Have Nothing,” in 1993.

Her newest AC top 10 is her second posthumous entry this year. Kygo‘s reworking of Houston’s 1990 cover of Steve Winwood‘s “Higher Love” rose to No. 12 in November.

Vocal quintet Pentatonix notches its fifth AC top 10, all of which are holiday songs. The new collaboration is from the group’s October release The Best of Pentatonix Christmas, which has spent two weeks at No. 1 on Billboard‘s Top Holiday Albums chart and became the act’s 10th top 10 on the all-genre Billboard 200.