It is written into Yuleplay's mission statement to afford the opportunity to listen to every possible Christmas song that was ever recorded. While we continually strive to make good on this we know that many people just want to hear the Christmas hits that so characterise the season of goodwill each year. And this playlist of the top 30 bestselling Christmas singles of all time in the US (as generated by Nielsen SoundScan) is perhaps the best way of putting the big hitters in one place.
One of the best-selling songs on this list is the relatively contemporary 1994 Mariah Carey smash 'All I Want For Christmas Is You'. With sales of 2 million and counting it may still have a long way to surpass that of the bestselling single of all time in Bing's 'White Christmas' but there is no doubting its enduring popularity. And while it has been recorded many times by artists it is Ms. Carey's version that everyone falls back on each Christmas. The same can be said for the much covered 'Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree' which despite the passing of time remains the preserve of little Brenda Lee. How could anyone ever reproduce that voice and that youthful spirit that lights up the yuletide log all by itself? The same rules apply to Eartha Kitt's definitive reading of 'Santa Baby' which burns brighter than anything that followed in its wake, despite how much effort Madonna et al put into it.
This playlist of the best-selling songs of all time contains the vast majority of Christmas songs in whose absence would greatly diminish the experience of the season. Like Wham's 1984 song 'Last Christmas' which likely triggers memories of that video stuffed full of broken hearts, loving glances and tons of wine and snow all wrapped up in a sepia tinged production of just under 4 minutes. This was the British duo of George Michael and Andrew Ridgley at the peak of their powers and we're grateful they turned to the season for what is undoubtedly one of their most famous songs.
Getting a little closer to modern times it is quite reassuring that great Christmas songs are still being produced. You can slot Josh Groban's original 'Believe' and Barenaked Ladies and Sarah Mclachlan's rendition of 'God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen' into this bracket as they are singles that will remain with us for many December's to come.
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