2017-12-01 / Features

Sing a song of Christmas: Our favorite holiday songs

What will happen this year? Will an old favorite rise to the top? Will a new entry make it on the list? Will your go-to Christmas song show up?

With Christmas music making an appearance earlier and earlier on play lists for radio stations and streaming through sound systems in shops and malls, sometimes even before Halloween has arrived, there is plenty of opportunity to let holiday-themed songs set the stage for what is coming.

Here is a look at the top-of-the-list best-loved seasonal songs as reported by Billboard on Jan. 7, 2017 (based on data from that week), along with a comparison for how the tunes fared from the previous week, which wrapped up the 2016 holiday season. The popularity list is determined by ranked radio airplay audience impressions as measured by Nielsen Music, sales data as compiled by Nielsen Music and streaming activity data from online music sources tracked by Nielsen Music.

No. 1 – “All I Want for Christmas Is You” by Mariah Carey
(Previously ranked No. 1)
No. 2 – “Hallelujah” by Pentatonix (No. 2)
No. 3 – “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” by Brenda Lee (No. 4)
No. 4 – “Jingle Bell Rock” by Bobby Helms (No. 3)
No. 5 – “Feliz Navidad” by Jose Feliciano (No. 9)
No. 6 – “Mary, Did You Know?” by Pentatonix (No. 5)
No. 7 – “A Holly Jolly Christmas” by Burl Ives (No. 8)
No. 8 – “The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas to You)
by Nat King Cole (No. 7)

No. 9 – “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year”
by Andy Williams (No. 6)
No. 10 – “Last Christmas” by Wham! (No. 11)
No. 11 – “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” by Gene Autry (No. 10)
No. 12 – “White Christmas” by Bing Crosby (No. 14)
And No. 100 on the list – “Breath of Heaven (Mary’s Song)” by
Amy Grant (No. 87)

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