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post Jan 8 2020, 11:06 AM
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A few days late I know but I was thinking about the Christmas hits that charted this year and the fact that we had more Christmas songs in the Top 100 this year than ever before. So this led me to looking into which Christmas songs (and yes I've included the likes of Stay Another Day in my list) have charted in the last ten years and how well they did in each of those years and I came up with the following list.

The figures in red are the peak chart positions of the song in each year from 2010 to 2019. The figures in blue show how the song ranked amongst all the Christmas songs in each of the years from 2010 to 2019. (In 2017, Last Christmas and AIWFCIY both peaked at #2 in different weeks, hence they are shown as ranked joint #1 in that year).

It's quite interesting to see which songs are performing better as the years go on. In 2010, Slade peaked the 5th highest out of all the Christmas songs, but has been steadily dropping each year and in 2019 was down to 15th. Brenda Lee's ranking has remained pretty steady apart from in 2017 when she spiked for some reason (anyone know why?)

I wonder why 'The Power Of Love' doesn't chart every year in the same way that 'Stay Another Day' does?

(Apologies for the formatting btw, it's the best I could get it)

Mariah Carey - All I Want For Christmas Is You---------------------------22 | 11 | 20 | 12 | 16 | 11 | 5 | 2 | 2 | 2--------------2 | 1 | 2 | 2 | 3 | 1 | 2 | 1 | 1 | 2
Wham! - Last Christmas---------------------------------------------------53 | 26 | 34 | 36 | 28 | 18 | 7 | 2 | 3 | 3--------------6 | 4 | 4 | 6 | 4 | 3 | 3 | 1 | 2 | 3
The Pogues feat. Kirsty MacColl - Fairytale Of New York------------------17 | 13 | 12 | 14 | 11 | 13 | 15 | 5 | 4 | 4--------------3 | 2 | 1 | 3 | 2 | 2 | 4 | 3 | 3 | 4
Shakin' Stevens - Merry Christmas Everyone-------------------------------68 | 42 | 46 | 54 | 38 | 26 | 17 | 10 | 9 | 6--------------9 | 9 | 9 | 9 | 6 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 5
Band Aid - Do They Know It's Christmas?----------------------------------54 | 34 | 37 | 57 | 56 | 38 | 29 | 7 | 6 | 7--------------7 | 7 | 7 | 10 | 10 | 7 | 10 | 4 | 4 | 6
Wizzard - I Wish It Would Be Christmas Everyday--------------------------46 | 28 | 29 | 31 | 35 | 27 | 23 | 15 | 12 | 10--------------4 | 5 | 3 | 5 | 5 | 5 | 6 | 10 | 10 | 9
Slade - Merry Xmas Everybody---------------------------------------------50 | 33 | 35 | 49 | 55 | 55 | 30 | 16 | 17 | 19--------------5 | 6 | 5 | 7 | 9 | 9 | 11 | 11 | 13 | 15
Chris Rea - Driving Home For Christmas-----------------------------------67 | 36 | 36 | 53 | 43 | 29 | 26 | 14 | 11 | 24--------------8 | 8 | 6 | 8 | 7 | 6 | 8 | 9 | 9 | 18
John Lennon & Yoko Ono - Happy Xmas (War Is Over)------------------------84 | 78 | 81 | 88 | 94 | 69 | 49 | 21 | 18 | 28--------------10 | 17 | 16 | 14 | 25 | 14 | 17 | 14 | 14 | 21
Coldplay - Christmas Lights----------------------------------------------13 | 65 | 96 | - | 93 | 75 | 48 | 31 | 47 | 29--------------1 | 13 | 17 | - | 24 | 16 | 16 | 19 | 32 | 22
Elton John - Step Into Christmas------------------------------------------ | 64 | 75 | - | 84 | 58 | 37 | 11 | 10 | 8--------------- | 12 | 13 | - | 20 | 10 | 13 | 7 | 8 | 7
Brenda Lee - Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree---------------------------- | 62 | 54 | 63 | 63 | 60 | 31 | 9 | 16 | 18--------------- | 11 | 11 | 11 | 12 | 11 | 12 | 5 | 12 | 14
Justin Bieber - Mistletoe------------------------------------------------- | 21 | - | - | - | - | 93 | 41 | 28 | 27--------------- | 3 | - | - | - | - | 35 | 24 | 20 | 20
Paul McCartney - Wonderful Christmastime---------------------------------- | 72 | 96 | - | - | 68 | 40 | 26 | 20 | 37--------------- | 15 | 18 | - | - | 13 | 14 | 16 | 15 | 29
Dean Martin - Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!---------------------- | 70 | 69 | - | 83 | - | 94 | 91 | 54 | 39--------------- | 14 | 12 | - | 19 | - | 37 | 39 | 36 | 30
East 17 - Stay Another Day------------------------------------------------ | 81 | 79 | 68 | 72 | 81 | 67 | 76 | 36 | 35--------------- | 18 | 15 | 12 | 15 | 17 | 24 | 33 | 24 | 28
Bing Crosby - White Christmas--------------------------------------------- | 92 | - | - | 75 | - | 47 | 22 | 31 | 31--------------- | 20 | - | - | 16 | - | 15 | 15 | 23 | 24
Michael Buble - It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas--------------- | 77 | 77 | 81 | 49 | 41 | 27 | 13 | 7 | 11--------------- | 16 | 14 | 13 | 8 | 8 | 9 | 8 | 5 | 10
Jona Lewie - Stop The Cavalry--------------------------------------------- | 86 | - | - | - | 82 | 58 | 61 | 85 | 56--------------- | 19 | - | - | - | 18 | 19 | 25 | 50 | 38
Kylie Minogue - Santa Baby------------------------------------------------ | 100 | 99 | - | - | 95 | 72 | 38 | 53 | 74--------------- | 23 | 19 | - | - | 22 | 28 | 22 | 35 | 50
Michael Buble - Santa Claus Is Coming To Town----------------------------- | 100 | - | - | 87 | - | 98 | - | 82 | 77--------------- | 22 | - | - | 22 | - | 41 | - | 48 | 51
Michael Buble - Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)------------------------- | 47 | - | - | 95 | - | - | - | - | ---------------- | 10 | - | - | 26 | - | - | - | - | -
Michael Buble - Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas-------------------- | 99 | - | - | - | - | - | - | - | ---------------- | 21 | - | - | - | - | - | - | - | -
Frankie Goes To Hollywood - The Power Of Love----------------------------- | - | 42 | - | - | - | - | - | - | ---------------- | - | 8 | - | - | - | - | - | - | -
Rod Stewart - Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas---------------------- | - | 51 | - | - | - | - | - | - | ---------------- | - | 10 | - | - | - | - | - | - | -
Leona Lewis - One More Sleep---------------------------------------------- | - | - | 3 | 80 | 83 | 70 | 19 | 8 | 15--------------- | | | 1 | 18 | 19 | 26 | 13 | 6 | 12
Kelly Clarkson - Underneath The Tree-------------------------------------- | - | - | 30 | - | - | 66 | 32 | 37 | 21--------------- | - | - | 4 | - | - | 23 | 20 | 25 | 16
Andy Williams - It's The Most Wonderful Time Of Year---------------------- | - | - | 90 | 61 | 61 | 24 | 17 | 29 | 25--------------- | - | - | 15 | 11 | 12 | 7 | 12 | 21 | 19
The Ronettes - Sleigh Ride------------------------------------------------ | - | - | 98 | 89 | - | 68 | 80 | 58 | 34--------------- | - | - | 17 | 23 | - | 25 | 35 | 38 | 27
The Darkness - Christmas Time (Don't Let The Bells End)------------------- | - | - | 97 | - | - | 96 | 69 | 42 | 42--------------- | - | - | 16 | - | - | 39 | 31 | 29 | 31
Ariana Grande - Santa Tell Me--------------------------------------------- | - | - | - | 68 | - | 90 | 28 | 13 | 13--------------- | - | - | - | 14 | - | 34 | 17 | 11 | 11
Michael Buble - Holly Jolly Christmas------------------------------------- | - | - | - | 96 | - | 100 | 34 | 44 | 32--------------- | - | - | - | 27 | - | 42 | 21 | 30 | 25
Sam Smith - Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas------------------------ | - | - | - | 65 | - | - | 93 | 79 | 67--------------- | - | - | - | 13 | - | - | 40 | 47 | 42
Boney M - Mary's Boy Child/Oh My Lord------------------------------------- | - | - | - | 79 | 74 | 50 | 29 | 26 | 47--------------- | - | - | - | 17 | 15 | 18 | 18 | 19 | 33
Greg Lake - I Believe In Father Christmas--------------------------------- | - | - | - | 86 | - | 79 | - | 59 | ---------------- | - | - | - | 21 | - | 33 | - | 39 | -
Band Aid 30 - Do They Know It's Christmas?-------------------------------- | - | - | - | 1 | - | - | - | - | ---------------- | - | - | - | 1 | - | - | - | - | -
Mud - Lonely This Christmas----------------------------------------------- | - | - | - | - | 93 | 65 | 67 | 38 | 69--------------- | - | - | - | - | 20 | 22 | 29 | 26 | 44
The Pretenders - 2000 Miles----------------------------------------------- | - | - | - | - | 94 | 62 | 64 | 65 | 61--------------- | - | - | - | - | 21 | 20 | 27 | 42 | 39
Matt Terry - When Christmas Comes Around---------------------------------- | - | - | - | - | - | 3 | 90 | - | ---------------- | - | - | - | - | - | 1 | 38 | - | -
Eartha Kitt - Santa Baby-------------------------------------------------- | - | - | - | - | - | 63 | 68 | 73 | 55--------------- | - | - | - | - | - | 21 | 30 | 44 | 37
Bobby Helms - Jingle Bell Rock-------------------------------------------- | - | - | - | - | - | 71 | 63 | 41 | 30--------------- | - | - | - | - | - | 27 | 26 | 28 | 23
Darlene Love - Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)-------------------------- | - | - | - | - | - | 74 | 77 | 22 | 33--------------- | - | - | - | - | - | 29 | 34 | 16 | 26
Nat King Cole - The Christmas Song---------------------------------------- | - | - | - | - | - | 77 | 66 | 56 | 51--------------- | - | - | - | - | - | 31 | 28 | 37 | 34
Jose Feliciano - Feliz Navidad-------------------------------------------- | - | - | - | - | - | 78 | 86 | 77 | 54--------------- | - | - | - | - | - | 32 | 36 | 46 | 36
Elvis Presley - Blue Christmas-------------------------------------------- | - | - | - | - | - | 75 | 75 | 63 | 68--------------- | - | - | - | - | - | 30 | 32 | 41 | 43
Frank Sinatra - Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!-------------------- | - | - | - | - | - | 93 | - | 74 | 65--------------- | - | - | - | - | - | 36 | - | 45 | 41
Bruce Springsteen - Santa Claus Is Coming To Town------------------------- | - | - | - | - | - | 95 | - | 48 | 72--------------- | - | - | - | - | - | 38 | - | 33 | 48
The Waitresses - Christmas Wrapping--------------------------------------- | - | - | - | - | - | 96 | 87 | 46 | 71--------------- | - | - | - | - | - | 40 | 37 | 31 | 46
Sia - Santa's Coming For Us----------------------------------------------- | - | - | - | - | - | - | 39 | 24 | 17--------------- | - | - | - | - | - | - | 23 | 18 | 13
Gwen Stefani feat. Blake Shelton - You Make It Feel Like Christmas-------- | - | - | - | - | - | - | 98 | 71 | 82--------------- | - | - | - | - | - | - | 42 | 43 | 54
John Williams - Carol Of The Bells---------------------------------------- | - | - | - | - | - | - | 97 | - | 98--------------- | - | - | - | - | - | - | 41 | - | 60
Michael Jackson & Jackson 5 - Santa Claus Is Coming To Town--------------- | - | - | - | - | - | - | 99 | 30 | 46--------------- | - | - | - | - | - | - | 43 | 22 | 32
Katy Perry - Cozy Little Christmas---------------------------------------- | - | - | - | - | - | - | - | 23 | 22--------------- | - | - | - | - | - | - | - | 17 | 17
Idina Menzel feat. Michael Buble - Baby It's Cold Outside----------------- | - | - | - | - | - | - | - | 39 | ---------------- | - | - | - | - | - | - | - | 27 | -
Cliff Richard - Mistletoe And Wine---------------------------------------- | - | - | - | - | - | - | - | 51 | 81--------------- | - | - | - | - | - | - | - | 34 | 53
Perry Como - It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas------------------ | - | - | - | - | - | - | - | 89 | 63--------------- | - | - | - | - | - | - | - | 51 | 40
Gwen Stefani - White Christmas-------------------------------------------- | - | - | - | - | - | - | - | 62 | ---------------- | - | - | - | - | - | - | - | 40 | -
Brett Eldredge & Meghan Trainor - Baby It's Cold Outside------------------ | - | - | - | - | - | - | - | 84 | ---------------- | - | - | - | - | - | - | - | 49 | -
Tony Bennett - Winter Wonderland------------------------------------------ | - | - | - | - | - | - | - | 96 | ---------------- | - | - | - | - | - | - | - | 53 | -
Glee Cast - White Christmas----------------------------------------------- | - | - | - | - | - | - | - | 98 | ---------------- | - | - | - | - | - | - | - | 54 | -
Frank Sinatra - Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas-------------------- | - | - | - | - | - | - | - | 100 | 93--------------- | - | - | - | - | - | - | - | 55 | 58
Ellie Goulding - River---------------------------------------------------- | - | - | - | - | - | - | - | - | 1--------------- | - | - | - | - | - | - | - | - | 1
John Legend - Happy Christmas (War Is Over)------------------------------- | - | - | - | - | - | - | - | - | 9--------------- | - | - | - | - | - | - | - | - | 8
Jonas Brothers - Like It's Christmas-------------------------------------- | - | - | - | - | - | - | - | - | 53--------------- | - | - | - | - | - | - | - | - | 35
Jessie J - Man With The Bag----------------------------------------------- | - | - | - | - | - | - | - | - | 70--------------- | - | - | - | - | - | - | - | - | 45
Taylor Swift - Christmas Tree Farm---------------------------------------- | - | - | - | - | - | - | - | - | 71--------------- | - | - | - | - | - | - | - | - | 47
Liam Payne - All I Want (For Christmas)----------------------------------- | - | - | - | - | - | - | - | - | 73--------------- | - | - | - | - | - | - | - | - | 49
Gabrielle Aplin - The Power Of Love--------------------------------------- | - | - | - | - | - | - | - | - | 80--------------- | - | - | - | - | - | - | - | - | 52
Chuck Berry - Run Rudolph Run--------------------------------------------- | - | - | - | - | - | - | - | 94 | 83--------------- | - | - | - | - | - | - | - | 52 | 55
Queen - Thank God It's Christmas------------------------------------------ | - | - | - | - | - | - | - | - | 86--------------- | - | - | - | - | - | - | - | - | 56
Little Mix - One I've Been Missing---------------------------------------- | - | - | - | - | - | - | - | - | 92--------------- | - | - | - | - | - | - | - | - | 57
Chris De Burgh - A Spaceman Came Travelling------------------------------- | - | - | - | - | - | - | - | - | 94--------------- | - | - | - | - | - | - | - | - | 59

A record 60 Christmas songs made the Top 100 in 2019, compared with 55 in 2018 and just 10 in 2010. Do we think that figure will keep rising over the next few years until the Christmas week Top 100 is made up almost entirely of Christmas songs? And will AIWFCIY or Last Christmas EVER get to #1?


This post has been edited by M4NGO: Jan 8 2020, 11:07 AM
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post Jan 8 2020, 11:15 AM
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Pretty sure playlist positioning accounts for Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree taking off. It's also like two minutes long which will work in its favour (people less likely to skip).

Frankie Goes to Hollywood's The Power of Love probably isn't Christmassy enough and doesn't suit Spotify playlists as much, plus Gabrielle Aplin's cover seems the go-to version (it charts under the old rules Top 200 even though it doesn't shift enough to reach the official Top 100).
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post Jan 8 2020, 11:25 AM
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I think the spike for Brenda Lee is cos Spotify started really pushing her from 2017 - they were the dominant platform back then whereas she dropped off a bit in 18/19 as Apple/Amazon started getting more market share (and they clearly don't push her as much).

Brenda Lee's Spotify weekly peaks through the years are:
2014: #56
2015: #91/#99
2016: #34
2017: #6
2018: #3
2019: #3

edit: for whatever reason 2015's was split between two versions
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