Mariah Carey’s ‘Christmas’ Back Atop Hot 100, As Dean Martin, Wham! & Chuck Berry Hit Top 10 | Billboard

First song at No. 1 in three distinct years: Carey’s “Christmas” becomes the first song to rank at No. 1 on the Hot 100 in three distinct years: 2019, 2020 and, now, 2021. It has led the lists dated Dec. 21 and 28, 2019; Jan. 4, 2020; Dec. 19, 2020; and Jan. 2, 2021.

(As reported when “Christmas” crowned the Hot 100 two weeks ago, only one other song in the chart’s history boasts a longer span of appearing at No. 1: Chubby Checker’s “The Twist” first topped the chart dated Sept. 19, 1960; Thanks to new popularity among adult audiences, it led again on Jan. 13 and 20, 1962. Notably, the longevity of “The Twist” helped spark its No. 1 status on the Greatest of All-Time Hot 100 recap.)

One more, up to 84: Carey adds her record-extending 84th career week at No. 1 on the Hot 100, dating to the chart’s Aug. 4, 1958, inception.

Most Weeks at No. 1 on Hot 100
84, Mariah Carey
60, Rihanna
59, The Beatles
50, Boyz II Men
50, Drake

“Christmas” last year became Carey’s 19th Hot 100 No. 1, the most among soloists and lifting her to within one of The Beatles’ overall record 20. It also made Carey the first artist to have ranked at No. 1 on the chart in four distinct decades.

Happy new year: Carey has now placed at No. 1 on the Hot 100 in a record-extending 17 distinct years (per Hot 100 chart dates): 1990-2000, 2005-06, 2008 and, thanks to “Christmas,” 2019-21.

Next up are three acts that have each spent time atop the Hot 100 in 10 individual years: Paul McCartney/Wings (1971, 1973-76, 1978, 1980, 1982-84); Michael Jackson (1972, 1979-80, 1983-84, 1987-88, 1991-92, 1995); and Madonna (1984-87, 1989-92, 1995, 2000).

Record-extending span of No. 1s: The latest week on top for “Christmas” extends Carey’s artist record for the longest span of ranking at No. 1 on the Hot 100: 30 years and five months, dating to her first week at No. 1 on the chart dated Aug. 4, 1990, with “Vision of Love.”

When “Christmas” first hit No. 1 on the Hot 100 dated Dec. 21, 2019, Carey passed Cher, whose solo No. 1s span 27 years and five months, from “Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves” (from its first week at No. 1 in 1971) through “Believe” (through its last week on top in 1999). (If Cher’s career as half of duo Sonny & Cher were combined with her solo output, her No. 1 span would cover 33 years, seven months and two weeks, from Sonny & Cher’s “I Got You Babe,” which reached the top in 1965, through “Believe.”)

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