Tis the season to be jolly: A record 39 holiday songs have dominated this week’s Billboard Hot 100 chart, including nine holiday tunes in the Top 10.
Mariah Carey’s ubiquitous hit, “All I Want for Christmas Is You,” leads the pack at No. 1 — marking the tune’s fifth time at the top spot. Carey’s original holiday classic, released in 1994, reached the No. 1 spot last year 25 years after its release.
Each holiday season, Carey’s song and other holiday tunes begin to climb the Billboard charts as their popularity resurfaces through streaming, radio play and even digital sales. Brenda Lee’s “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” is No. 2 on the Hot 100 chart this week, followed by Bobby Helms’ “Jingle Bell Rock,” Burl Ives’ “A Holly Jolly Christmas” and Andy Williams’ “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year.” José Feliciano’s “Feliz Navidad,” which celebrated its 50th anniversary this year with an all-star remix featuring Lin-Manuel Miranda, Jason Mraz and others, is No. 6.
The only non-holiday song in this week’s Top 10 is 24kGoldn and Iann Dior’s “Mood,” which topped the Hot 100 chart for six weeks this year and is currently No. 7. The multi-genre song is still No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Rap Songs and Hot Rock & Alternative Songs charts, respectively.
Other holiday songs in the Top 10 include Dean Martin’s “Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow” at No. 8, followed by Wham!’s “Last Christmas” and Chuck Berry’s “Run Rudolph Run.” Some acts have multiple holiday songs on the chart, including Bing Crosby, Kelly Clarkson, Michael Bublé, Perry Como and Carrie Underwood.
On the Billboard 200 albums chart, holiday albums own six of the Top 10 slots, with Bublé’s “Christmas” — released in 2011 — at the highest rank at No. 4.