Oh yes, ARIA Chart Watch continues unabated this festive season.
Just because we’re in the middle of Christmas and New Year and currently nursing our newly born food babies doesn’t mean to say that you get left out in terms of chart info.
So… here’s what’s been happening on the ARIA top 100s in the past week!
And just like that, the No.1 reign of Tones and I is over!
Yes, Aussie favourite Tones and I, who’s been at No.1 on the ARIA singles chart for a massive 21 weeks with her global smash ‘Dance Monkey’, has been dethroned on the final chart of the year by an old favourite.
Yes, 25 years after its original release – and with a renewed push to mark the occasion, Mariah Carey’s seminal festive favourite ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’ is back on top of the ARIA singles chart, jumping from No.10 to No.1 in Christmas week.
It’s the second festive season in a row that the track has ascended to No.1 (it did so on the first chart of 2019 too) and only the second time it’s been at No.1 in its 25 year history.
But Tones and I hasn’t gone too far. She’s down to No.2 and is every chance to re-take the No.1 spot for the first chart of 2020.
The Wham classic ‘Last Christmas’ equals its highest peak of No.3 (also achieved in the first chart of 2019), bulleting from No.23 to No.3, while Michael Bublé’s ‘It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas’ hits the ARIA top ten for the very first time, bulleting from No.32 to No.4 (its previous best being last week’s No.32).
Dua Lipa rounds out the top five with her smash ‘Don’t Start Now’.
Also chiming in with the festive cheer is Band Aid 30’s ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas?’, which soars from No.59 to No.11, with the John Lennon track ‘Happy Xmas (War Is Over)’ rocketing from No.82 to a brand new ARIA chart peak of No.13 (besting its previous ARIA peak of No.14 by just one spot).
Harry Styles’ ‘Adore You’ is down seven to No.14. But there are more big moves in the Christmas singles market;
Andy Williams’ ‘It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year’ (used in Ellen’s ’12 Days Of Giveaways’) is up from No.91 to a new peak of No.16.
Ariana Grande’s ‘Santa Tell Me’ is up from No.57 to a new peak of No.17 (previous best No.18).
Michael Bublé’s ‘Holly Jolly Christmas’ is up from its previous peak of No.80 to a new peak of No.19.
Even Frank Sinatra got into the chart action this week; Ol’ Blue Eyes’ ‘Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!’ debuting on the ARIA countdown at No.21.
Also on debut this week is Michael Bublé’s rendition of ‘Jingle Bells’ (No.24).
There’s another drop for Harry Styles on week on from the release of his new album ‘Fine Line’. ‘Watermelon Sugar’ tumbles 13 places to No.25 in its sixth week of ARIA chart action.
But Harry’s not on the only one with a drop on his hands. Lewis Capaldi’s former chart favourite ‘Someone You Loved’ is down 12 places to No.28.
Girl group The Ronettes debut on the ARIA chart countdown with their rendition of ‘Sleigh Ride’ at No.29.
Two spots lower, it’s Justin Bieber bringing the festive flair, with ‘Mistletoe’ bursting into the top 40 (No.96 to No.31).
The drop of Lewis Capaldi’s ‘Someone You Loved’ wasn’t a one-off. His latest track ‘Before You Go’ drops 17 to No.34.
More Christmas classics pepper the charts further down; ‘Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree’ by Brenda Lee re-entering at No.35 (equalling its peak from earlier this year), with Daryl Hall and John Oates’ ‘Jingle Bell Rock’ debuting in the ARIA top 100 at No.36.
Selena Gomez slips 15 to No.40 with ‘Lose You To Love Me’, Bobby Helms hits the top 50 for the first time with ‘Jingle Bell Rock’ (No.41) and The Jackson 5’s rendition of ‘Santa Claus Is Coming To Town’ re-enters the ARIA countdown at No.43 (13 spots shy of its No.30 peak).
More re-entries thanks to Paul Kelly (‘How To Make Gravy’ at No.45) and Elton John (‘Step Into Christmas’ at No.46).
But the top 50 is wrapped with a trio of ARIA chart Christmas debuts; Michael Bublé’s version of ‘Santa Claus Is Coming To Town’ is new at No.48, The Pogues’ ‘Fairytale Of New York’ is new at No.49 and Michael Bublé’s ‘White Christmas’ (with Shania Twain) premieres at No.50.
There’s an 18 place drop for the Ed Sheeran/Justin Bieber track ‘I Don’t Care’ (No.33 to No.51) before another trio of debuts.
‘Merry Christmas Everyone’ by Shakin’ Stevens debuts at No.52, Elvis Presley’s ‘Blue Christmas’ is new at No.53 and Kelly Clarkson’s ‘Underneath The Tree’ enters at No.54.
But the festive favourites keep coming.
Stevie Wonder’s ‘What Christmas Means To Me’ (re-entry at No.55), Boney M’s ‘Mary’s Boy Child’ debuts at No.56 and there’s a No.58 re-entry for Burl Ives’ ‘A Holly Jolly Christmas’.
There are more drops as a result, however. The Weeknd’s ‘Heartless’ is down 29 to No.59. Travis Scott’s ‘Highest In The Room’ slides 22 to No.60 and Sam Feldt’s ‘Post Malone’ is down 20 to No.61.
There’s a No.62 re-entry for Tony Bennett’s ‘Winter Wonderland’.
There’s a huge 41 place slump for Juice WRLD’s ‘Lucid Dreams’ (No.22 to No.63), drops also for Halsey’s ‘Graveyard’ (No.42 to No.64), Blanco Brown’s ‘The Git Up’ (No.45 to No.65) and Shaed’s ‘Trampoline’ (No.44 to No.66).
More festive cheer thanks to Sam Smith’s ‘Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas’ (No.67 on re-entry) and Destiny’s Child’s ‘8 Days Of Christmas’ (new at No.68).
But more big drops follow; Harry Styles’ ‘Falling’ doing exactly what it promises (down 34 to No.69), Benny Blanco’s ‘Eastside’ (down 27 to No.70), Guy Sebastian’s ‘Choir’ (down 23 to No.71), Stormzy’s ‘Own It’ (down 32 to No.72), Lizzo’s ‘Truth Hurts’ (down 26 to No.73) and Don Toliver’s ‘No Idea’ (down 21 to No.75).
Michael Bublé scores again, with debuts for ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’ (No.76) and ‘I’ll Be Home For Christmas’ (No.78).
Squidged in between is a No.34 to No.77 slump for Harry Styles’ ‘Lights Up’.
Bubes is back at No.80, with a debut for ‘Cold December Night’. His ‘Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas’ re-enters the chart at a new peak of No.81. And Eagles’ ‘Please Come Home For Christmas’ is back on the ARIA countdown at No.82 (a long way shy of its No.46 peak).
The drops keep coming (Sam Smith’s ‘How Do You Sleep’ down 32 to No.83 and Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s ‘Shallow’ down 31 to No.84). But so do the Christmas classics (Ella Fitzgerald’s ‘Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas’ re-entering at No.85 and Michael Bublé’s ‘Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)’ new at No.87.
Taylor Swift’s ‘Lover’ tumbles 38 to No.88. Khalid’s ‘Up All Night’ is down 36 to No.91. Juice WRLD’s ‘Bandit’ is down 44 to No.93. Lil Tecca’s ‘Ransom’ drops 36 to No.94.
Three more seasonal debuts follow; Mariah Carey’s ‘Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)’ is new at No.96, Michael Bublé’s ‘Santa Baby’ is new at No.97 and Meghan Trainor scores a No.99 debut for ‘I’ll Be Home’.
Harry Styles’ ‘Golden’ deserts not only the top 50 (it debuted last week at No.46), but also the entire top 100, losing more than 54 spots in its second week.
Eight years after its release, Michael Bublé’s festive collection ‘Christmas’ has returned to the top of the ARIA albums chart at Christmas time.
Released in late 2011, the album first went to No.1 in December that year. It returned to No.1 in 2012, 2013, 2014 and in early 2017. But it’s been almost three years since it’s been in top spot.
But Bubes is back; the double diamond certified ‘Christmas’ (one million copies plus) improving from No.3 to No.1.
That means, of course, that Harry Styles is gone from the ARIA No.1 spot after just one week. But he’s only down to No.2, with Robbie Williams, Billie Eilish and Cold Chisel occupying positions three through five.
Mariah Carey’s ‘Merry Christmas’ is back into the ARIA top ten again (No.16 to No.8). It’s the highest chart position for the seminal Christmas classic since the year it was first released.
Elton John’s ‘Diamonds’ sparkles for Christmas (No.17 to No.12), with The Teskey Brothers’ ‘Run Home Slow’ up from No.26 to No.17.
Cold Chisel’s best-of is higher (No.28 to No.21), as are The Beatles’ ‘Abbey Road’ (No.36 to No.24), Pentatonix’s ‘The Best Of Pentatonix Christmas’ (No.38 to a new peak of No.25) and the soundtrack to ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ (No.34 to No.26).
But Stormzy’s pre-Christmas release ‘Heavy Is The Head’ stumbles, dropping from No.11 to No.28 in its second week.
The soundtrack to ‘A Star Is Born’ sparkles brighter (No.45 to No.30), but the soundtrack to ‘Cats’ purrs into the countdown at No.32 on debut. Queen’s best-of rises from No.48 to No.34.
But the Tool album ‘Fear Inoculum’ slides from No.24 to No.45, Leonard Cohen’s ‘Thanks For The Dance’ tumbles from No.25 to No.49 and The Seekers’ ‘We Wish You A Merry Christmas’ shows that their audience was buying the physical product in the weeks before Christmas and not streaming it in the week of. It’s down from No.27 to No.54.
The ‘Rocketman’ soundtrack soars again (No.76 to No.56); as does Guns N Roses’ ‘Appetite For Destruction’ (No.100 to No.66).
Furnace And The Fundamentals won’t be so happy with the second week performance of their ‘A Very Furnace Christmas’, which plunges more than 71 places from last week’s No.29 debut.
For a full run down of the ARIA top 50s, head over to the ARIA CHARTS WEBSITE every Saturday from 5:00pm AEDT.