Christmas songs flood UK Spotify chart, Mariah back in Top 5

 Christmas songs flood UK Spotify chart, Mariah back in Top 5

On a weekend in which many people are putting up Christmas decorations, Spotify’s UK popularity chart has been flooded with the usual raft of seasonal bangers.

Mariah Carey, obviously, leads the charge with All I Want For Christmas Is You; the fourth most-streamed song on the platform on Saturday (331,055 plays) – shooting up from No9 on Friday and No17 on Thursday. Now only Billie Eilish (No3), 24kGoldn (No2) and Ariana Grande (No1) are in her way.

Further down, Wham! and Michael Bublé penetrate the Top 10 at numbers 6 and 10 respectively (knocking Sweet Melody out of the Top 10, cruelly!!!!!), while Ariana’s Santa Tell Me is at No13, Brenda Lee’s Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree is at 14 and Kelly Clarkson’s Underneath The Tree is at 21.

Elsewhere in the Top 50, The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl’s Fairytale Of New York is at 27, Andy Williams’ It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year is at 31, Bobby Helms’ Jingle Bell Rock is at 33, Band Aid’s Do They Know It’s Christmas is at 36, The Ronettes’ Sleigh Ride is at 48 and Chris Rea’s Driving Home For Christmas is at 49.

There’s a shitload of others in the Top 200 but looking at ~contemporary favourites, Justin Bieber’s Mistletoe is at 56, Leona Lewis’s One More Sleep is at 77 and Lil Nas X’s new addition Holiday (it counts!) is at 85.

You all know this by now, but Spotify alone does not dictate the make-up of the overall Official Singles Chart, which takes streaming data from a variety of services, as well as physical sales and download sales.

It’s a slightly different story on iTunes, for what it’s worth: the songs are climbing the ranks at a slightly slower pace, with All I Want For Christmas Is You at No24, Fairytale Of New York at 28 and Buble at 34. Both are behind newer Christmas advert-based efforts from Becky Hill (Forever Young, 15) and Celeste (A Little Love, 19), neither of which are in the Spotify Top 200 at present.

So will this be the year that Mariah finally gets her festive UK No1, regardless of the ACR rule? Will Underneath The Tree finally hit the official UK Top 20 (it reached a new peak of 21 last year)? Frankly we still have a fucking age until Christmas so it really is all to play for.

Scroll the whole damn Spotify chart here if you want.

Shaun Kitchener

Scriptwriter for the theatre and TV (currently Hollyoaks) and freelance entertainment ~reportage.