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Mariah Carey's "All I Want For Christmas Is You" Leads 2012's Holiday Songs

By November 30, 2012

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Each year at this time of year Billboard begins charting the top holiday songs in the same fashion as they create the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Sales, radio airplay, and streaming data all combine to give a look at what are the most popular holiday tunes. It is no surprise this year that so far Mariah Carey is leading the pack with her perennial favorite "All I Want For Christmas Is You." In the first chart week for this year it sold 27,000 copies. First released in 1994 the song has sold over two million digital copies in total.

Aside from the Trans-Siberian Orchestra's "Christmas Eve (Sarajevo 12/24)" which was released in 1996, Mariah Carey's song is the most recently released recording in the top 10. Looking at radio airplay alone, Burl Ives' legendary "A Holly Jolly Christmas" would be #1. The highest ranking new holiday song in sales is Colbie Caillat's "Christmas In the Sand" at #9. Over on radio airplay there are no new recordings on the chart until you find your way down to Rod Stewart's "Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!" at #48. Check out the top 10 of the overall holiday songs below as we plunge into the Christmas season.

  1. Mariah Carey - "All I Want For Christmas Is You"
  2. Brenda Lee - "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree"
  3. Nat King Cole - "The Christmas Song"
  4. Bobby Helms - "Jingle Bell Rock"
  5. Burl Ives - "A Holly Jolly Christmas"
  6. Trans-Siberian Orchestra - "Christmas Eve (Sarajevo 12/24)"
  7. Andy Williams - "It's the Most Wonderful Time Of the Year"
  8. Jose Feliciano - "Feliz Navidad"
  9. Bing Crosby - "White Christmas"
  10. Wham - "Last Christmas"

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