Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas Is You” has been in the headlines this holiday season, with the song making its earliest (return) appearance on the Billboard Hot 100 and also finding its way into the Guinness World Records Book. But it’s a new release from the Jonas Brothers that is getting a lot of attention from radio this holiday season.
Their song, “Like It’s Christmas,” was released in early November and has 2,437 year-to-date spins as of Wednesday, Dec. 3, with most of them (1,297) coming within the last week, according to Mediabase.
Most of the spins of the original Jonas Brothers holiday hit come from AC-formatted stations, which are typically the ones that go all Christmas. The format as a whole spun “Like It’s Christmas” 958 times from Nov. 27-Dec. 3 on 92 reporting stations. Leading the pack in spins is Cumulus Media WTCB Columbia, SC, where the song was played 39 times over the past seven days. Cumulus AC sister WWLI Providence, Entercom AC WKTK Gainesville and Horizon Broadcasting AC WHLG Ft. Pierce are also playing the track 30+ times a week. There are 47 CHR stations on the track, giving it 153 plays in the same period, while 21 hot AC-formatted stations played the song 156 times.
Matt Nathanson’s take on “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) is the second most-played current on the Mediabase U.S. Holiday chart with 747 weekly spins, followed by Pentatonix w/ Whitney Houston “Do You Hear What I Hear” (388), Elizabeth Chan “If The Fates Allow” (299) and Lindsey Stirling “Dance of the Sugar Plumb Fairy” (280). “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” by John Legend is the top recurrent on the Mediabase chart with 1,098 weekly spins and 2,831 year-to-date.
Carey still rules overall with “All I Want For Christmas” the most-played Christmas song (Nov. 27-Dec. 3) with 7,265 plays. A number of Christmas warhorses follow: Bobby Helms “Jingle Bell Rock” (6,950), Jose Feliciano “Feliz Navidad” (6,835) and Brenda Lee “Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree” (6,482). Wham’s “Last Christmas” is the fifth most played song over the seven-day period with 6,390 plays.–Jay Gleason