Monday, December 15, 2014

Latest Billboard Holiday Charts Show Little Change from Last Week … or Last Century

Here are the latest holiday music charts from Billboard magazine for the week ending December 20, 2014:

Careful observers will notice that there have been a couple of changes on the holiday airplay chart during the past week. For one thing, there's a new #1, as Jose Feliciano's 44-year-old "Feliz Navidad" swapped places with the Burl Ives classic "A Holly Jolly Christmas," which turns 50 years old this year.
In addition, a "new" song broke into this week's Top 10:  "It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas," by Johnny Mathis, which is actually 28 years old. (I would have guessed it was nearly twice that.) Now, these are all fine old songs (well, except for this week's #5), but the average age of the tunes on this week's airplay chart is now 49 years old! A little more variety would be awfully nice, don't you think?  

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