Seasons Greetings! Half of the Billboard 200’s Top 10 Are Christmas Albums


The top 10 of the Billboard 200 albums chart (dated Dec. 19) is especially festive, as there are five Christmas titles in the region, led by Michael Bublé’s former No. 1 Christmas at No. 4. It’s the first time in seven years that half of the top 10 are holiday efforts.

The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week in the U.S. based on multi-metric consumption as measured in equivalent album units. Units comprise album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). Each unit equals one album sale, or 10 individual tracks sold from an album, or 3,750 ad-supported or 1,250 paid/subscription on-demand official audio and video streams generated by songs from an album.

The new Dec. 19-dated chart (where Shawn Mendes’ Wonder debuts at to No. 1) will be posted in full on Billboard’s website on Dec. 15. For all chart news, follow @billboard and @billboardcharts on both Twitter and Instagram.

Bublé’s Christmas album climbs 6-4 with 55,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending Dec. 10 (up 14%), according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data. Also joining in the merriment: Carrie Underwood’s My Gift (9-5, a new peak with 53,000 units; up 19%), Nat King Cole’s The Christmas Song (12-7 with 42,000 units; up 20%), Pentatonix’s The Best of Pentatonix Christmas (16-8 with just over 39,000; up 22%) and Mariah Carey’s Merry Christmas (15-10 with 38,000; up 17%).

The last time five holiday albums were among the top 10 occurred on the Dec. 21, 2013-dated chart. That week, the top 10 housed Kelly Clarkson’s Wrapped in Red (No. 3), The Robertsons’ Duck the Halls: A Robertson Family Christmas (No. 5), Pentatonix’s PTXmas (EP) (No. 7), Bublé’s Christmas (No. 8) and Mary J. Blige’s A Mary Christmas (No. 10).

As for the holiday efforts in this week’s top 10: Bublé’s Christmas had a five-week reign at No. 1 in 2011-12 and the album has returned to the top 10 in every Christmas season since.

Underwood’s My Gift previously peaked at its debut rank of No. 8 on the Oct. 10-dated chart, following its release on Sept. 25. With its 9-5 jump, it also becomes the highest charting newly released holiday album since Pentatonix’s A Pentatonix Christmas in late 2016 and early 2017. A Pentatonix Christmas was released on Oct. 21, 2016, debuted at No. 3 on the Nov. 12, 2016-dated chart and peaked at No. 1 for two weeks (Jan. 7-14, 2017).

Nat King Cole’s The Christmas Song first reached the top 10 on the Jan. 5, 2019, chart (peaking at No. 7). Pentatonix’s The Best of Pentatonix Christmas peaked at No. 7 on the Dec. 28, 2019, chart and Carey’s Merry Christmas crested at No. 3 on the Dec. 17, 1994, chart.

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