Tuesday Trivia: Do you hear what I hear?

J. H. Osborne • Dec 18, 2018 at 2:26 PM

Do you have a favorite Christmas song? How about one that makes you cringe? For this week’s Tuesday Trivia we look at which Christmas songs are getting the most radio play, according to Billboard’s “Holiday 100” and “Hot 100” as ranked last week.

• Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas is You,” from 1994, is No. 1 on the “Holiday 100,” but it’s also now considered the highest-ranking holiday song in 60 years as it hits the No. 6  slot on the broader “Hot 100” this week, according to an article on Billboard.com. The song first entered the “Hot 100” Top Ten last year, when it reached No. 9.

• The highest-charting holiday songs in the Hot 100's 60-year history: No. 1 peak, four weeks, beginning Dec. 22, 1958, "The Chipmunk Song," by David Seville & The Chipmunks; No. 6, this week, "All I Want for Christmas Is You," Mariah Carey; No. 7, Jan. 8, 2000, "Auld Lang Syne," Kenny G; No. 7, Jan. 6, 1990, "This One's for the Children," New Kids on the Block; No. 9, Feb. 21, 1981, "Same Old Lang Syne," Dan Fogelberg; No. 11, Nov. 5, 2011, "Mistletoe," Justin Bieber; No. 12, Jan. 6, 1962, "White Christmas," Bing Crosby; No. 13, Dec. 22, 2018, "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year," Andy Williams; No. 13, Dec. 21, 2013, "Little Drummer Boy," Pentatonix; No. 13, Jan. 19, 1985, "Do They Know It's Christmas?," Band-Aid.

• Carey’s hit was at No. 7 last week. The next ranking holiday song on the “Top 100” was “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” by Andy Williams. Brenda Lee’s “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” was at No. 21 and Burl Ives’ “A Holly Jolly Christmas” was at No. 22. “Jingle Bell Rock,” by Bobby Helms, was at No. 26, “The Christmas Song,” by Nat King Cole, was at No. 29, and “Last Christmas,” by Wham!, was at No. 34. Gene Autry’s “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” was at No. 36 and, at No. 41, Dean Martin’s “Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow,” was the lowest-ranking holiday song on the “Top 100.”

• Over on the “Holiday 100,” Martin’s version of “Baby It’s Cold Outside,” was at No. 31, despite reported controversy this year over some people being offended by its lyrics. Two more recent version’s of the song were also getting airplay: a duet by Idina Menzel and Michael Buble was at No. 66; and at No. 68 was a version by Brett Eldridge featuring Meghan Trainor.

Sources: “Mariah Carey's 'All I Want For Christmas Is You' Is Highest-Charting Billboard Hot 100 Holiday Hit in 60 Years,” by Gary Trust, Billboard.com; Billboard.com’s “Holiday 100”; Billboard.com’s “Hot 100.

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