It shouldn’t come as a shock that Mariah Carey’s 1994 Christmas hit “All I Want for Christmas is You” is once again topping Billboard’s Holiday 100 charts. What might surprise you more, however, is the oldie (and dare we say somewhat moldy?) hits that make up the rest of the top five.
But before that big reveal, let’s talk about the remarkable popularity of the Carey hit. In fact, it’s number one on two of the three Billboard Holiday 100 component charts: the Holiday Airplay chart, where it has 21.5 million audience impressions, and the Holiday Streaming Songs chart, where it had 17.6 million U.S. streams as of this writing. On the third chart, Holiday Digital Song Sales, it ranks at No. 4, which could be because so many people already bought it.
It’s interesting to note that the new Christmas songs released by current popular artists including Justin Bieber’s version of “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree,” currently at No. 42, and Kelly Clarkson and Brett Eldredge’s “Under the Mistletoe,” currently at No. 45, just don’t seem to have the traction that certain golden oldies do.
It’s artists that our parents, and even our grandparents, listened to that appear to have real staying power on the charts. Do the names Brenda Lee, Tony Helms and Andy Williams ring a bell? If not, they certainly will when you see the Christmas mega-hits they recorded. Take a look at this year’s
5 Top Christmas Songs
- “All I Want for Christmas is You,” Mariah Carey
- “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree,” Brenda Lee
- “Jingle Bell Rock,” Bobby Helms
- “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” Andy Williams
- “Last Christmas,” Wham!
Surprised that none of this year’s Top 5 Christmas songs were recorded this century? So are we. For more information on this years faves so far, see Billboard.com.