Mariah Carey’s ‘All I Want for Christmas Is You’ Tops Holiday 100, As Chart Returns for the Season

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.

Claiming its familiar perch atop the Holiday 100, Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You” rules the ranking for a 41st week of the chart’s 46 total weeks since the list launched in 2011; it has topped the tally for 26 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 two of the three Holiday 100 component charts (with all tallies dated Dec. 5): Holiday Airplay (21.5 million audience impressions, up 37%, in the tracking week, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data) and Holiday Streaming Songs (17.6 million U.S. streams, up 51%). On Holiday Digital Song Sales, it ranks at No. 4 (4,000 sold, up 26%).

Rounding out the Holiday 100’s top five is a quartet of multi-generational favorites: Brenda Lee’s “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree,” at No. 2, as it tops Digital Song Sales for the first time (7,000 sold); Bobby Helms’ “Jingle Bell Rock” (No. 3); Andy Williams’ “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” (No. 4); and Wham!’s “Last Christmas” (No. 5).

Meanwhile, six songs, all released this holiday season, are new to the Holiday 100, led by Bieber’s version of “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” at No. 42. Kelly Clarkson and Brett Eldredge’s “Under the Mistletoe” follows at No. 45, while Carrie Underwood debuts three titles from her holiday LP, My Gift, which scores a sixth week at No. 1 on Top Holiday Albums (up 63% to 35,000 equivalent album units): “Favorite Time of Year” (No. 55; available only on the Amazon Music version of the album); “Hallelujah,” with John Legend (No. 56); and “Silent Night” (No. 72). Plus, Dan + Shay enter at No. 95 with “Take Me Home for Christmas.”

The entire latest Holiday 100 will update on Billboard.com tomorrow (Dec. 1).

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