Here are some of the more popular Christmas songs in the last five years based on Billboard’s weekly Holiday 100 chart:
“All I Want For Christmas Is You”
This is probably the most popular Christmas tune of modern times, having earned 3.2 million downloads as of Dec. 3.
According to Tech Times, it’s also the 11th-highest selling single of all time, earning more than $50 million for Mariah Carey and co-writer Walter Afanasieff.
The three separate videos of the song, one in black and white, one in color, and one recorded in 2011 with Justin Bieber, have garnered over 315 million clicks on YouTube.
“All I Want For Christmas Is You” is the first ringtone to achieve a Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) gold certification for sales over 500,000 in December 2006. It is also the first holiday ringtone ever to be certified Double Platinum.
“Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree”
A prolific Christmas songwriter, Johnny Marks wrote “Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree.” Interestingly, it flopped upon release, selling just 5,000 copies. It didn’t fare well the next year either, selling almost the same number of copies.
It only gained momentum when then 13-year old Brenda Lee recorded her version in 1959, making it to the top 14 on the Hot 100 Pop single list.
On its 50th anniversary in 2008, the song has already sold over 25 million copies, encompassing almost 700,000 digital copies, making it the 4th most digitally downloaded Christmas single of all time.
“The Christmas Song (MerryChristmas To You)”
-Nat King Cole
Mel Tormé and Bob Wells wrote “The Christmas Song” in 1945. It was first recorded by the Nat King Cole Trio in 1946, becoming a huge hit on both the R&B and the pop charts. In 1953, Cole re-recorded the song. He did yet another version in 1961- the one we all know now.
Cole’s third version of “The Christmas Song” is the first holiday standard ever introduced by an African-American. It opened the door for Lou Rawls, Ray Charles and many others to record their own take on Yuletide classics.
“Jingle Bell Rock”
Bobby Helms released the song in 1957, two days before Christmas. It hit number six on the pop charts that year. As of November 2016, the version has been downloaded 780,000 times according to Nielsen SoundScan.
In an interview with Bobby published in Classic Bands website in 1986, he claimed to have written “Jingle Bell Rock” but wasn’t credited.
According to Nielsen SoundScan, as of November 2016, the total sales of the digital track stand at 808,000 downloads. Feliciano wrote the song in 1970 upon the urging of producer Rick Jarrard.
In an interview posted in the Courier Post online website, he
said, “If I had just done it in Spanish, the (English-speaking) radio stations wouldn’t have played it because it was only Spanish. So I kind of bamboozled my way into them playing it by doing the lyric ‘I wanna wish you a Merry Christmas’ and ‘Feliz Navidad próspero año y felicidad.”
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