Christmas songs: Discover the World’s Favourite Christmas Songs

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This year our Christmas songs article focuses on’s extensive survey.

With Mariah Carey’s All I Want for Christmas Is You finally reaching number one on the UK charts 26 years after its initial release, decided to investigate which Christmas song is the most popular around the world, and how its popularity has changed over the years. By analysing average global search volume data, OnBuy can reveal which of these 10 Christmas songs is the most popular, based on the month of December for the period of 2015-2020.

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The Playlist, Ranked: Total combined searches over 5 years
Feliz Navidad, José Feliciano: 3,570,900

All I Want for Christmas Is You, Mariah Carey: 1,134,500

Let It Snow, Frank Sinatra: 959,700

Jingle Bell Rock, Bobby Helm: 779,100

Santa Claus Is Coming to Town, Jackson 5: 412,500

Fairytale of New York, The Pogues: 351,200

Last Christmas, Wham!: 321,400

Santa Baby, Eartha Kitt: 241,820

Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree, Brenda Lee: 199,950

Do They Know It’s Christmas?, Band Aid: 48,100

The song that has been searched for the most around the globe over the festive season is José Feliciano’s bilingual hit Feliz Navidad, with 3,570,900 searches between 2015-2020. With just under half the volume of the top spot sits Mariah Carey’s 1994 hit All I Want for Christmas Is You, with an average of 1,134,500 searches. Not too far from one million searches is Let It Snow, which has been covered by Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin in 1950 and 1959 respectively. Let It Snow has had 959,700 searches. In fourth place, with an average of 779,100 searches since 2015, is Bobby Helm’s classic Jingle Bell Rock. Living up to their name, in fifth place is The Jackson 5 with Santa Claus Is Coming to Town. This song has had 412,500 searches globally.

Fairytale of New York, released in 1988 by The Pogues, has ranked sixth with an average search volume popularity of 351,200. It seems the invent of Whamaggedon has not deterred listeners, as the song Last Christmas by Wham! has a total of 321,400 in the last five Decembers. Eartha Kitt’s 1953 Santa Baby is in eighth place, with an average search volume of 241,820. Albeit in ninth place, Brenda Lee’s Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree is still rocking the Google searches, with 199,950 searches! Do They Know It’s Christmas? by supergroup Band Aid is the least popular of this list, with only 48,100 global searches between 2015-2020.

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