Christmas songs accounted for nine of the ten most popular tracks on the latest Rolling Stone Top 100 Songs chart. Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You” continued to lead the pack with 26.5 million streams. It was trailed by Brenda Lee’s “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” (22.8 million) and Bobby Helms’ “Jingle Bell Rock” (20.9 million streams).
These tracks jumped into the Top Three immediately after Thanksgiving. On the latest RS 100, the trio was trailed by Andy Williams’ “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” Dean Martin’s “Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow,” José Feliciano’s “Feliz Navidad,” Wham!’s “Last Christmas” — one of the only holiday tracks you can listen to all year round — and the Ronettes’ “Sleigh Ride.”
The only non-holiday song in the Top Ten was Bad Bunny and Jhay Cortez’s “Dakiti.” Even “On Me,” a new track from the streaming star Lil Baby, couldn’t break Christmas music’s chokehold on the Top Ten. “On Me” debuted at Number 14 with 14.3 million streams, stuck behind holiday tracks from Perry Como and Kelly Clarkson. Lil Baby’s “Errbody” arrived at Number 24 (12.6 million streams), trailing tunes like Burl Ives’ “A Holly Jolly Christmas” and Gene Autry’s “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.”
The week of December 4, 2020
All I Want for Christmas Is You
Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree
Jingle Bell Rock
It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year
Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow
The Rolling Stone Top 100 chart tracks the most popular songs of the week in the United States. Songs are ranked by song units, a number that combines audio streams and song sales using a custom weighting system. The chart does not include passive listening like terrestrial radio or digital radio. The Rolling Stone Top 100 chart is updated daily, and each week Rolling Stone finalizes and publishes an official version of the chart, covering the seven-day period ending with the previous Thursday.
Numerous artists are enjoying multiple Christmas hits. Bing Crosby has four entries on the latest RS 100, led by “White Christmas” (Number 15, 13.6 million streams). Williams and Nat King Cole also have four apiece, while Michael Buble has three holiday-themed chart entries, and Perry Como, Frank Sinatra, and Carrie Underwood each have two.
Next week, it’s likely that tracks from Taylor Swift’s Evermore will pepper the RS 100. See the full chart here.
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