The Official Top 40 most-streamed Christmas songs

Love or loathe them - Christmas songs are an essential component of the festive season.

Christmas songs are like Brussels sprouts: they only appear in December and you either love or loathe them - but either way they are an essential component of the festive season.

Like distant relatives bounding into your family home on Christmas morning, every December sees a flurry of festive favourites flood back into the Official Chart - ever since the age of downloading (2005) and streaming (2014) made the classics (as well as the newer Christmas songs) more accessible.

This year, Christmas songs have re-appeared in the chart earlier than usual, perhaps a sign we’re all keen to celebrate the festivities as early as possible in an otherwise difficult year.

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Looking at the UK’s most-streamed Christmas songs (based on Official Charts Company data), the Top 3 is the holy trinity of classics: Mariah Carey’s All I Want For Christmas Is You lands at the top of the tree with 180 million streams to date, followed by Wham’s Last Christmas (158m) and Fairytale Of New York by The Pogues ft. Kirsty MacColl (125m). All three are usually the first to return to the Official Chart each December, often competing for spots in the Christmas Chart Top 10.

Completing the Top 5 are two more old favourites, Shakin’ Stevens’ Merry Christmas Everyone in fourth (97m), and Band Aid’s Do They Know It’s Christmas? at 5 (94m). The iconic charity single released in 1984 is one of the UK’s best-selling singles of all time, with over 3.8m pure sales, and continues to hold up well in the streaming era.

The highest-placed modern Christmas song - that is, festive songs released since 2010 - goes to Ariana Grande; her 2014 original song Santa Tell Me is the UK’s eighth most-streamed Christmas track with 78 million plays.

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Other modern festive songs holding their own against the classics include Leona Lewis’ One More Sleep in 15th place (65m), Justin Bieber’s Mistletoe in 16th (58m), and Kelly Clarkson’s Underneath The Tree in 19th (52m).

If Mariah is the Queen of Christmas, then surely Michael Buble is the King. His Christmas album is the UK’s biggest festive-themed record with just over 3 million chart sales, and four of its tracks rank among the Top 40 most-streamed Christmas songs, led by It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas in sixth (92m).

The Official Top 40 most-streamed Christmas Songs

POS TITLE ARTIST
1 ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS YOU MARIAH CAREY
2 LAST CHRISTMAS WHAM
3 FAIRYTALE OF NEW YORK POGUES FT KIRSTY MACCOLL
4 MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE SHAKIN' STEVENS
5 DO THEY KNOW IT'S CHRISTMAS BAND AID
6 IT'S BEGINNING TO LOOK A LOT LIKE MICHAEL BUBLE
7 STEP INTO CHRISTMAS ELTON JOHN
8 SANTA TELL ME ARIANA GRANDE
9 I WISH IT COULD BE CHRISTMAS EVERYDAY WIZZARD
10 ROCKIN' AROUND THE CHRISTMAS TREE BRENDA LEE
11 DRIVING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS CHRIS REA
12 MERRY XMAS EVERYBODY SLADE
13 ONE MORE SLEEP LEONA LEWIS
14 MISTLETOE JUSTIN BIEBER
15 IT'S THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR ANDY WILLIAMS
16 HAPPY XMAS (WAR IS OVER) JOHN & YOKO/PLASTIC ONO BAND
17 UNDERNEATH THE TREE KELLY CLARKSON
18 WONDERFUL CHRISTMASTIME PAUL MCCARTNEY
19 CHRISTMAS LIGHTS COLDPLAY
20 HOLLY JOLLY CHRISTMAS MICHAEL BUBLE
21 WHITE CHRISTMAS BING CROSBY
22 JINGLE BELL ROCK BOBBY HELMS
23 MARY'S BOY CHILD/OH MY LORD BONEY M
24 SLEIGH RIDE RONETTES
25 CHRISTMAS (BABY PLEASE COME HOME) DARLENE LOVE
26 LET IT SNOW LET IT SNOW LET IT SNOW DEAN MARTIN
27 SANTA BABY KYLIE MINOGUE
28 LONELY THIS CHRISTMAS MUD
29 STOP THE CAVALRY JONA LEWIE
30 2000 MILES PRETENDERS
31 BLUE CHRISTMAS ELVIS PRESLEY
32 CHRISTMAS TIME (DON'T LET THE BELLS END) DARKNESS
33 SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN MICHAEL JACKSON & JACKSON FIVE
34 SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN MICHAEL BUBLE
35 HAVE YOURSELF A MERRY LITTLE CHRISTMAS SAM SMITH
36 SANTA BABY EARTHA KITT
37 LET IT SNOW LET IT SNOW LET IT SNOW FRANK SINATRA
38 THE CHRISTMAS SONG NAT KING COLE
39 BABY IT'S COLD OUTSIDE IDINA MENZEL FT MICHAEL BUBLE
40 SANTA'S COMING FOR US SIA

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