Billboard's Holiday 100 chart returns, led by Mariah Carey's 'Christmas'

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The Holiday 100 makes its annual sleigh ride back to Billboard's charts menu, ranking the top seasonal songs via the same formula used for the Billboard Hot 100, measuring sales, airplay and streaming.

In what's become a modern tradition, Mariah Carey's "All I Want for Christmas Is You" leads the Holiday 100 (for a 16th week of the chart's 21 frames since it launched in 2011). The 1994 chestnut keeps roasting, topping the Holiday Digital Songs chart (17,000 sold, up 78 percent, according to Nielsen Music) and Holiday Streaming Songs (3.2 million U.S. streams, up 58 percent). It ranks at No. 2 on Holiday Airplay (24 million in audience, up 163 percent), just below Brenda Lee's 1958 classic "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree."

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Lee's "Tree" places at No. 2 on the Holiday 100, followed by Nat King Cole's "The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas to You)" (No. 3), Bobby Helms' "Jingle Bell Rock" (No. 4) and Bing Crosby's "White Christmas" (No. 5). See the entire Holiday 100 here.

Meanwhile, Carey's first holiday album, Merry Christmas, featuring "Want," brightens the top 10 of the Top Holiday Albums chart for the first time in nearly 17 years, dashing 15-6 (8,000 sold, up 136 percent). It's the set's first visit to the tier since Jan. 9, 1999, and its highest rank since it placed at No. 3 on Jan. 11, 1997. That long absence from the top 10 is perhaps surprising, considering the enduring appeal of the album and, of course, its iconic hit atop the Holiday 100. The album has sold 5.4 million copies since its release (and 61,000 in 2014 alone).

Maybe even more surprising: Merry Christmas has spent just one week at No. 1 on Top Holiday Albums: Nov. 26, 1994, its debut frame (of 219 total).

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Billboard's Holiday 100 chart returns, led by Mariah Carey's 'Christmas'
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 12: Singer Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon attend MTV First: Mariah Carey's 'You're Mine (Eternal)' music video world premiere at MTV Studios on February 12, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 18: Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon (R) arrive at the 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at the Shrine Auditorium on January 18, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Dan MacMedan/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 05: Nick Cannon (L) and Mariah Carey attend Lee Daniels' 'The Butler' New York premiere, hosted by TWC, DeLeon Tequila and Samsung Galaxy on August 5, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Samsung)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 17: TeenNick Chairman and HALO Awards host Nick Cannon and singer Mariah Carey attend Nickelodeon's 2012 TeenNick HALO Awards at Hollywood Palladium on November 17, 2012 in Hollywood, California. The show premieres on Monday, November 19th, 8:00p.m. (ET) on Nick at Nite. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images For Nickelodeon)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 15: Mariah Carey leaves the Beacon Theater on December 15, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 14: Mariah Carey (L) and actor Jussie Smollett attend the Human Rights Campaign Los Angeles Gala 2015 at JW Marriott Los Angeles at L.A. LIVE on March 14, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Human Rights Campaign)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 03: Mariah Carey performs at the 82nd Annual Rockefeller Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at Rockefeller Center on December 3, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 03: Singer Mariah Carey performs at the 82nd Annual Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting on December 3, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Paul Zimmerman/WireImage)
SHANGHAI, CHINA - OCTOBER 19: (CHINA OUT) Singer Mariah Carey performs live during her 2014 China Tour on October 19, 2014 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)
NEW YORK NY - AUGUST 26: Mariah Carey sighting on August 26, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Josiah Kamau/BuzzFoto/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JULY 23: Singer Mariah Carey and actor Dwayne Johnson attend the after party for the premiere of Paramount Pictures' 'Hercules' at the Roosevelt Hotel on July 23, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/WireImage)
CAP D'ANTIBES, FRANCE - JUNE 17: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Mariah Carey performs during Clear Channel Media And Entertainment And MediaLink Dinner at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc on June 17, 2014 in Cap d'Antibes, France. (Photo by Tony Barson/Getty Images for Clear Channel)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 09: Singer Mariah Carey announces the launch of her Go N'Syde bottle 'Butterfly' at the Saint Regis Hotel on June 9, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 29: Singer Mariah Carey attends the 2014 Fresh Air Fund Honoring Our American Hero at Pier Sixty at Chelsea Piers on May 29, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Monica Schipper/FilmMagic)
Mariah Carey performs during the World Music Awards at Monte Carlo Sporting Club, on May 27, 2014 in Monaco. AFP PHOTO / VALERY HACHE (Photo credit should read VALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: Mariah Carey appears on NBC News' 'Today' show -- (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 06: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Singer Mariah Carey attends Mishka B's Epic Bat Mitzvah at 1OAK on May 6, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 06: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Stella Bulochnikov (L) and Mariah Carey attend Mishka B's Epic Bat Mitzvah at 1OAK on May 6, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
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