Yes, everything’s super quiet on the site at the moment (excuse us while we have a big rest), but ARIA Chart Watch is here.
And it might also be after Christmas, but the lead-up to Tuesday’s big event has resulted in quite the impact on the ARIA singles chart in particular.
So much so that one perennial Christmas favourite has hit the No.1 spot in Australia for the very first time!
Which one? Read on to find out!
Ariana Grande’s latest global smash ‘Thank U, Next’ has finally relinquished its hold on the No.1 spot on the ARIA singles chart after a six week stay.
But the big surprise this week is which single it’s given way to.
24 long years after its release, and for the first time ever, Mariah Carey’s seminal Christmas classic ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’ is Australia’s No.1 single.
Released back in 1994, the track actually peaked at No.2 on Christmas Day that very year. And though it returned to the top 20 for just one week the following year, it wasn’t until 2002 that it again became a regular guest in the year-end countdowns.
Its appeal has been growing in recent years – to the point where it was back up to No.6 on the ARIA singles chart at the start of this year.
Now, however, it ends the year at No.1 – a position it holds for the very first time.
It’s also Mariah’s first No.1 down under since her global smash ‘We Belong Together’ way back in 2005.
No change to the Nos.2 and 3 positions, with Post Malone & Swae Lee and Ava Max holding steady with ‘Sunflower’ and ‘Sweet But Psycho’ respectively.
But Ariana Grande slips from No.1 to No.4 with ‘Thank U, Next’.
Also on the charge this week is Wham’s seasonal favourite ‘Last Christmas’. And, staggeringly, it also returns to the top five – for the first time in ARIA chart history. Its previous best (No.3) was back when the Aussie countdown was the Kent Music Report. ‘Last Christmas’ rises from No.18 to No.5.
Band Aid 30’s version of ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas’ is also back in the ARIA top ten this week. It was only released in 2014, peaking for one week at No.3, but it’s never been back in the top ten… until now. It’s up from No.37 to No.8.
John Lennon’s classic ‘Happy Xmas (War Is Over)’ also enjoys a new chart peak this week, bulleting from No.56 to No.14.
And though one Ariana Grande single is heading down this week, another one is headed up; that’s her single ‘Santa Tell Me’, which bullets from No.40 to a new peak of No.18. Looks like those Spotify playlists have been reaping plenty of reward for some artists.
Justin Bieber’s another who benefits from some post-Christmas cheer; ‘Mistletoe’ bulleting from No.78 to No.25. It’s the first time that song’s been in the ARIA top 30 since its release back in 2011 (when it peaked at No.20).
The party’s seemingly over for Billie Eilish’s ‘When The Party’s Over’, which dives ten to No.29.
The party’s just starting for The Jackson 5’s ‘Santa Claus Is Coming To Town’, which premieres on the ARIA countdown at No.30.
Brenda Lee’s ‘Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree’ is also in the ascendancy, bulleting from a No.96 debut to No.35.
It’s ahead of a re-entry (and new peak) for Paul Kelly’s ‘How To Make Gravy’, a No.40 debut for Tony Bennett’s rendition of ‘Winter Wonderland’ and a No.42 debut for the Burt Ives festive favourite ‘A Holly Jolly Christmas’.
The seasonal favourites keep coming, with debuts for Elton John’s ‘Step Into Christmas’ (No.44), Stevie Wonder’s ‘What Christmas Means To Me (No.45), a re-entry (and new peak) for Sam Smith’s ‘Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas’ (No.47) and a No.49 entry for Chuck Berry’s ‘Run Rudolph Run’.
But the re-entries and Christmas classics keep coming, thanks to Bobby Helms’ ‘Jingle Bell Rock’ (No.57) and Ella Fitzgerald’s ‘Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas’ (No.58).
All of these festive favourites have resulted in some big drops for other singles, however. Lil Pump & Kanye West’s ‘I Love It’ slides 22 to No.65, The Chainsmokers’ ‘This Feeling’ is down 22 to No.66 and Anne-Marie’s ‘2002’ is down 17 to No.70.
Billie Eilish’s ‘Lovely’ joins her latest single ‘When The Party’s Over’ in dropping this week. It’s down from No.46 to No.71.
Lady Gaga’s ‘Always Remember Us This Way’ is down 21 to No.72.
There are new entries for Ariana Grande’s version of ‘Santa Baby’ (No.77) and Queen’s ‘Thank God It’s Christmas’ (No.80), but a big 27 place drop for Little Mix’s ‘Woman Like Me’ (No.54 to No.81).
Right down at the bottom end of this week’s countdown are a No.92 debut for 21 Savage’s ‘A Lot’, a No.94 re-entry for The Eagles’ ‘Please Come Home For Christmas’, a No.97 re-entry for Toto’s ’80s classic ‘Africa’ and a No.99 re-entry for Camila Cabello’s former No.1 smash ‘Havana’.
Things are a little more settled on the ARIA albums chart, meantime, with the top three albums remaining unchanged again this week.
Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s ‘A Star Is Born’ soundtrack is still Australia’s No.1 album.
Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ soundtrack is still Australia’s No.2 album.
And Michael Bublé’s ‘Christmas’ didn’t quite have what it took to return to the No.1 spot this year, maintaining position at No.3.
There is one change in the top five, however, with ‘The Greatest Showman’ soundtrack and Queen’s ‘Greatest Hits’ swapping places. The former up one to No.4, the latter down one to No.5.
Mariah Carey’s ‘Merry Christmas’ picks up the sales pace, improving from No.15 to No.9.
Eminem’s ‘Kamikaze’ almost joined her in the top ten this week, up seven to No.12.
But other Christmas albums slid. David Campbell’s ‘Baby It’s Christmas’ down four to No.16 (despite a Christmas Eve special AND hosting and performing as part of ‘Carols By Candlelight’), John Farnham and Olivia Newton-John’s ‘Friends For Christmas’ down seven to No.17 and Human Nature’s ‘The Christmas Album’ also down four to No.18.
Mark Vincent’s ‘The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year’ also eased (No.17 to No.20), despite his appearance on ‘Carols In The Domain’.
The ‘Mamma Mia : Here We Go Again’ soundtrack is up eight (to No.26) and the Cold Chisel best-of jumps ten (to No.27).
Shawn Mendes’ self-titled set also picked up the pace this week, improving nine to No.29.
21 Savage’s surprise pre-Christmas release ‘I Am > I Was’ premieres at No.34.
The news wasn’t good for Samantha Jade’s ‘The Magic Of Christmas’, which tumbled 15 places to No.35.
But the news was better for John Legend, whose ‘A Legendary Christmas’ did pick up the sales pace (from No.94 to No.39 – a new peak – after a TV special.
P!nk’s best-of is back into the top 50 (No.57 to No.44), as are Paul Kelly’s ‘Songs From The South Vol.1 & 2’ (No.77 to No.49) and Little Mix’s ‘LM5’ (No.53 to No.50).
But Coldplay’s ‘Live In Buenos Aires’ wasn’t on too many Christmas wish lists, dropping from No.35 to No.51.
Andre Rieu’s ‘Romantic Moments’ also doesn’t fare too well this week, slumping 31 places to No.61.
Zayn’s new album ‘Icarus Falls’ is down 14 places from last week’s underwhelming No.60 debut.
But XXXTentacion’s ‘Skins’ is doing horrendously, plunging 43 places to No.83. Two weeks ago, it debuted at No.8.
As you’ll no doubt have gathered by now, we’re enjoying a well-deserved break from regular posts on the site. We hope you’re also enjoying the downtime at this time of the year.
Have a sensational new years. Party safe. And we’ll catch you this time next week.
For a full run down of the ARIA top 50s, head over to the ARIA CHARTS WEBSITE every Saturday from 5:00pm AEDT.