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Every November-December, Billboard publishes a seasonal Holiday 100 chart. Mariah Carey's All I Want For Christmas Is You is number one this week. Since the song first charted in 1994, it has topped the Holiday chart for 58 weeks. George Michael's Last Christmas, which is not a Christmas song, is #4 this week and José Feliciano's Feliz Navidad is #8. I don't know which of those songs I am more sick of. I'll call it a three-way tie.
 

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This song jumped from #8 to number one on this week's Billboard Hot 100, sixty-five years after it was first released! It features saxophonist Boots Randolph and the Anita Kerr Singers and becomes Brenda Lee's third number-one hit, after I'm Sorry and I Want To Be Wanted, both in 1960.

 

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Brenda Lee, who turns 79 on December 11, filmed a new video for Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree. But did she really need to hold a microphone while she lip-syncs to the original recording?

 

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If we include Billboards "Best Sellers In Stores" charts (1940-58), Top 100 charts (1955-58) and Hot 100 charts (1958-2023), the Christmas song with the most weeks on is Bing Crosby's White Christmas with 117 weeks (so far). Bobby Helms' Jingle Bell Rock is #4 this week and has charted for 73 weeks (so far). Mariah Carey's All I Want For Christmas Is You is #2 this week and has been on the Hot 100 for a total of 61 weeks,
 

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Brenda Lee, who turns 79 on December 11, filmed a new video for Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree. But did she really need to hold a microphone while she lip-syncs to the original recording?


I think it's cool that she charted with it again after all of those years.
I think it's GREAT that she charted higher than Mariah too!
 
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What was the first Christmas song to be number one? I'm glad I asked. White Christmas by Bing Crosby and the Ken Darby Singers, from the movie Holiday Inn, went to number one in October 1942 and remained in the top spot for 11 weeks.

Paul Whiteman's Parade Of The Wooden Soldiers was number one for seven weeks in April-May 1923. but it is not really a Christmas song. Originally known as Parade Of The Tin Soldiers, it was written in 1897 by German composer Léon Jessel. Ballard MacDonald wrote English lyrics in 1922. Here is Whiteman's original version. He recorded a new version in 1928 which featured Jimmy Dorsey on alto sax and clarinet.

 

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Mariah Carey‘s “All I Want for Christmas Is You” returns to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, as it adds a 13th total week at the chart’s highest bough.

The carol reigns in a record-extending fifth holiday season. It was originally released on Carey’s album Merry Christmas in November 1994 and, as streaming has grown and holiday music has become more prominent on streaming services’ playlists, it hit the Hot 100’s top 10 for the first time in December 2017 and the top five for the first time in the 2018 holiday season. It led at last, prior to this week, over the holidays in 2019 (for three weeks), 2020 (two), 2021 (three) and 2022 (four).


BROKEN CHART!
 

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So far, the earliest song I can find with a reference to an eclipse is Carly Simon's You're So Vain (with harmony vocals by Mick Jagger). It was number one for three weeks in January 1973. One line says, "You flew your Lear jet up to Nova Scotia to see the total eclipse of the sun." Speaking of which, here is Don McLean's A Total Eclipse Of The Sun from his 2018 album Botanical Gardens:

 
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