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Mariah Carey’s ‘All I Want for Christmas Is You’ Returns to No. 1 on Billboard Global Charts

Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You” reclaims the crown on both the Billboard Global 200 and Billboard Global Excl. U.S. charts (dated Dec. 9). The song dashes from No. 3 to No. 1 on the former and 8-1 on the latter.

‘Tis the season for other holiday hits in the charts’ top 10, as well, led by Wham!’s “Last Christmas,” which leaps 9-2 on the Global 200 and returns to the Global Excl. U.S. top 10 (15-3). Plus, Brenda Lee’s “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” (17-4), Bobby Helms’ “Jingle Bell Rock” (24-6) and Ariana Grande’s “Santa Tell Me” (35-8) all make sleigh rides back to the Global 200’s top 10.

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The Billboard Global 200 and Billboard Global Excl. U.S. charts, which began in September 2020, rank songs based on streaming and sales activity culled from more than 200 territories around the world, as compiled by Luminate. The Global 200 is inclusive of worldwide data and the Global Excl. U.S. chart comprises data from territories excluding the United States.

Chart ranks are based on a weighted formula incorporating official-only streams on both subscription and ad-supported tiers of audio and video music services, as well as download sales, the latter of which reflect purchases from full-service digital music retailers from around the world, with sales from direct-to-consumer (D2C) sites excluded from the charts’ calculations.

Carey’s ‘Christmas’ Back Atop Global 200

Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You” tops the Global 200 with 73.4 million streams (up 51%) and 6,000 sold (up 46%) worldwide Nov. 24-30. The song, originally released in 1994, has now spent 14 weeks at No. 1, following four weeks in both the 2020 and 2021 holiday seasons and five frames over last year’s holidays. Only Harry Styles’ “As It Was” has led longer: 15 weeks in 2022.

Wham!’s “Last Christmas” charges 9-2 on the Global 200 with 62.1 million streams (up 51%) and 4,000 sold (up 64%) worldwide. The song, from 1984, spends a seventh total week at its highpoint.

Jack Harlow’s “Lovin on Me” retreats to No. 3 from its No. 2 Global 200 best and Brenda Lee’s “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” bounds 17-4 with 48.6 million streams (up 69%) and 3,000 sold (up 44%) worldwide. The 1958 chestnut reached No. 2 last holiday season.

Rounding out the Global 200’s top five, Tate McRae’s “Greedy” drops to No. 5 following two weeks at No. 1.

Two other carols again decorate the Global 200’s top 10: Bobby Helms’ “Jingle Bell Rock” (24-6) and Ariana Grande’s “Santa Tell Me” (35-8). The former, from 1957, drew 42.2 million streams (up 62%) worldwide in the tracking week, while the latter, released in 2014, logged 35.6 million (up 57%). The songs have hit Nos. 4 and 5, respectively, on the chart.

Carey Also No. 1 on Global Excl. U.S.

Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You” concurrently revisits the Billboard Global Excl. U.S. apex, with 44.1 million streams (up 53%) and 3,000 sold (up 56%) worldwide Nov. 24-30. The song adds a ninth week at No. 1, following one week in the 2020 holiday season, three the next year and four last season.

Tate McRae’s “Greedy” descends to No. 2 a week after it hit No. 1 on Global Excl. U.S.; Wham!’s No. 2-peaking “Last Christmas” flies 15-3 (38.1 million streams, up 55%); Jung Kook’s “Seven,” featuring Latto, falls 2-4, following nine weeks at No. 1 beginning in July; and Iñigo Quintero’s “Si No Estás” slips 4-5, following two weeks on top in November.

The Billboard Global 200 and Billboard Global Excl. U.S. charts (dated Dec. 9, 2023) will update on Billboard.com tomorrow (Dec. 5). For both charts, the top 100 titles are available to all readers on Billboard.com, while the complete 200-title rankings are visible on Billboard Pro, Billboard’s subscription-based service. For all chart news, you can follow @billboard and @billboardcharts on both X, formerly known as Twitter, and Instagram.

Luminate, the independent data provider to the Billboard charts, completes a thorough review of all data submissions used in compiling the weekly chart rankings. Luminate reviews and authenticates data. In partnership with Billboard, data deemed suspicious or unverifiable is removed, using established criteria, before final chart calculations are made and published.

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