Twenty three years after it was first released, Mariah Carey’s
“All I Want for Christmas Is You” finally cracks the top 10 on
the Hot 100. The holiday classic jumps from No. 11 to No. 9 in
its 22nd chart week. It’s the first holiday recording to crack
the top 10 since Kenny G’s New Year’s Eve-tied “Auld Lang Syne
(The Millennium Mix)” (No. 7 in 2000). It’s the first Christmas
recording by a female artist to crack the top 10 since Eartha
Kitt’s eternally sexy “Santa Baby” (No. 4 in 1953). (Brenda
Lee’s “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” reached No. 14 in
It’s rare for a recording that’s more than 20 years old to make
the top 10, but there have been few previous cases. Prince and
the Revolution’s “Purple Rain” and his solo hit “When Doves
Cry” (both from 1984) returned to the top 10 following his
death in 2016. Ben E. King’s “Stand By Me” (1961) returned to
the top 10 following the release of the film of the same name
in 1986. Carey’s case is unique in that her song hadn’t
previously cracked the top 10.
You may be surprised to learn that “All I Want for Christmas Is
You” didn’t crack the Hot 100 when it was first released in
1994, but that’s simply a reflection of chart rules at the
time. Only tracks that were commercially available as singles
were eligible to make the Hot 100. Carey’s song was available
only as a promotional single to radio. In December 1998, the
rules were changed to allow songs that weren’t commercially
available as singles to chart. Carey’s song first hit the Hot
100 in January 2000, spending a week at No. 83. It beat that
mark five years ago when it climbed to No. 21. It
beat that mark two years ago when it reached
No. 11. And it reaches another new high this week.
Six years ago, Carey teamed with Justin Bieber for a new
recording of the song, subtitled “SuperFestive!” Even though
Bieber is once again red-hot, their duet version is long
forgotten. The original is the real deal. As it turns out, it
was quite festive enough.
Carey co-wrote “All I Want for Christmas Is You” with producer
Walter Afanasieff. The two also co-wrote four of Carey’s other
top 10 hits: “Can’t Let Go” (No. 2 in 1992), “Hero” (No. 1 in
1993), “One Sweet Day” (which they co-wrote with the members of
Boyz II Men, No. 1 in 1995) and “My All” (No. 1 in 1998).
“All I Want for Christmas Is You” is Carey’s 28th top 10 hit.
Impressively, Carey has been the lead artist on 25 of these
songs and co-lead artist on the other three (collabos with
Luther Vandross, Boyz II Men and Busta Rhymes). This is Carey’s
first top 10 hit since “Obsessed” reached No. 7 in September
2009. That eight-year gap between top 10 hits is the longest of
“All I Want for Christmas Is You” has sold 3,415,000 digital
copies over the years. Carey’s Merry
Christmas album, which contains the hit, has sold
5,584,000 copies in traditional album sales.
Note: Another holiday song, Adam Sandler’s “The Chanukah Song,”
reached No. 10 on the Hot 100 Airplay chart in 1995. That’s not
the same as the Hot 100.
Ed Sheeran’s duet with Beyoncé, “Perfect,” holds at No. 1 for
the second week in its 16th week on the Hot
100. It’s the first collaboration by a male solo
artist and a female solo artist to reach No. 1 since “Cheap
Thrills” by Sia featuring Sean Paul had four weeks on top last
“Perfect” sold 98K digital copies this week, which allows it to
hold at No. 1 on Top Digital Songs for the third week. The song
tops the 1 million mark this week. It’s the second
million-seller from Sheeran’s current album, following “Shape
of You,” which is up to 2,501,000. Two other current albums —
Bruno Mars’s 24K Magic and Imagine
Dragons’ Evolve — have also spawned two
“Perfect” also holds at No. 1 on The Official U.K. Singles
Chart. It’s Sheeran’s second transatlantic No. 1, following
“Shape of You.”
Post Malone’s “Rockstar” (featuring 21 Savage) holds at
No. 2 in its 13th week. The song spent eight weeks at No. 1.
“Rockstar” has spent each of its first 13 weeks at No. 1 or No.
2. The smash logs its 10th week at No. 1 on the Hot
R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.
Camila Cabello’s “Havana” (featuring Young Thug) holds at No. 3
in its 18th week. The song spent five weeks at No. 2.
Lil Pump’s “Gucci Gang” holds at No. 4 in its 14th week. The
song peaked at No. 3.
Imagine Dragons’ “Thunder” holds at No. 5 in its 33rd week.
The song peaked at No. 4. “Thunder” logs its seventh week at
No. 1 on Top Rock Songs.
“Motorsport” by Migos, Nicki Minaj and Cardi B vaults from
No. 15 to No. 6 in its seventh week. It’s Migos’s second top
10 hit, Minaj’s 15th and Cardi B’s third.
Sam Smith’s “Too Good at Goodbyes” dips from No. 6 to No. 7
in its 14th week. The song peaked at No. 4.
Halsey’s “Bad at Love” holds at No. 8 in its 15th week. Both
Halsey and The Chainsmokers have had top 10 hits since their
chart-topping 2016 collabo, “Closer.” The Chainsmokers have
had two top 10 hits since that smash.
G-Eazy’s “No Limit” (featuring A$AP Rocky & Cardi B)
drops from No. 7 to No. 10 in its 14th week.
Cardi B’s “Bodak Yellow (Money Moves)” and Maroon 5’s “What
Lovers Do” (featuring SZA) drop out of the top 10 this week.
Bebe Rexha & Florida Georgia Line’s “Meant to Be” logged
its second week at No. 1 on Hot Country Songs at No. 1 last
Luke Bryan lands his fourth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200
as What Makes You Country dislodges
U2’s Songs of Experience. It’s the fourth
country album to top the “pop” chart in 2017, following
Thomas Rhett’s Life Changes, Shania
Twain’s Now, and Kenny Chesney’s Live
in No Shoes Nation. Bryan’s album also enters Top
Country Albums at No. 1, dislodging Chris
Stapleton’s From A Room: Volume 2. It’s
Bryan’s eighth album or EP to top the country chart.
Taylor Swift’s Reputation rebounds from
No. 3 to No. 2 in its fifth week. The album spent its first
three weeks on top.
Ed Sheeran’s ÷ inches up from No. 4 to No.
3 in its 41st week. The album spent its first two weeks at
No. 1. The album tops the 1 million mark in traditional album
sales this week. It’s the second album to reach that
threshold in 2017, following
Swift’s Reputation (which is up to
1,719,000 in traditional album
sales). ÷ logs its 18th week at No. 1 on
The Official U.K. Albums Chart. That’s the longest run by any
album since Adele’s 21 had 23 weeks on top
in 2011-12. It’s the longest run by a male solo artist since
Elvis Presley’s Blue Hawaii soundtrack
also had 18 weeks on top in 1962.
Pentatonix’s 2016 album A Pentatonix
Christmas inches up from No. 5 to No. 4 in its 20th
chart week. The album spent two weeks at No. 1 in its first
holiday season. It holds at No. 1 on Top Catalog Albums for
the fifth week.
Big Sean & Metro Boomin’s Double or
Nothing debuts at No. 5. It’s the second collabo
for both artists to reach the top five. Big Sean climbed as
high as No. 5 in 2016 with Twenty88,
a collabo with Jhené Aiko. Metro Boomin climbed as high as
No. 4 a few weeks ago with Without Warning, a
collabo with 21 Savage and Offset. This is Big Sean’s sixth
top five album overall.
Quality Control: Control the Streets, Vol.
1 debuts at No. 6. It features tracks by Migos,
Gucci Mane, Lil Yachty, Nicki Minaj, Cardi B, Travis Scott,
Young Thug, Ty Dolla Sign and Kodak Black, among others.
Chris Stapleton’s From A Room: Volume
2 drops from its No. 2 peak to No. 7 in its second
Sam Smith’s The Thrill of It All dips from
No. 7 to No. 8 in its sixth week. The album debuted at No. 1.
Michael Bublé’s 2011 album Christmas dips
from No. 8 to No. 9 in its 62nd chart week. The album logged
five weeks at No. 1 in its first holiday season. This is the
seventh consecutive holiday season that Buble’s album has
cracked the top 10. Buble’s album is the first album — of any
description — to appear in the top 10 in seven consecutive
Post Malone’s Stoney inches up from No. 11
to No. 10 in its 53rd week. The album peaked at No. 4.
U2’s Songs of Experience tumbles from No.
1 to No. 13 in its second week. It’s the band’s second studio
album in a row to log just a single week in the top
10. Songs of Innocence also experienced
that fate. Of course, such falls are much more common than
they used to be. Songs of Experienceis the 12th
album to fall from No. 1 out of the top 10 in 2017.
Three other albums drop out of the top 10 this week. Demi
Lovato’s Tell Me You Love Me drops from
No. 6 to No. 26. Miguel’s War &
Leisuredrops from No. 9 to No. 29. Garth Brooks’ five-CD
box set The Anthology: Part I: The First Five
Years drops from No. 10 to No. 12.
The Vince Guaraldi Trio’s 1965 classic A Charlie
Brown Christmas jumps from No. 32 to No. 28 in its
63rd chart week. The album has climbed as high as No. 23. The
album is No. 1 on Top Soundtracks for the third week in a row
(and the fifth week overall). The album has sold 3,696,000
copies in traditional album sales since Nielsen began
tracking music sales in 1991. It sold millions more between
its release in 1965 and 1991.
This week’s top soundtrack to a theatrically-released film
is Moana, which dips from No. 45 to No. 46 in
its 56th week.
Barbra Streisand’s The Music… the Mem’ries… the
Magic! debuts at No. 69. It’s Streisand’s eighth
live album to crack the top 100.
Coming Attractions: Eminem’s Revival is on
track to debut at No. 1 next week. G-Eazy’s The
Beautiful & Damned will vie with Swift’s album
for No. 2. Also due:
Jeezy’s Pressure, John Williams’ score
for Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
Happy holidays: Chart Watch is taking a two-week break over
the holidays. May you always have a “bullet” on the chart of