29th December 17: The Real Christmas Charts

The last issue of the year and it looks so different to all the others of 2017. But let's start from the beginning.

At the very top this week reflects completely the year. Still at #1 Ed Sheeran stands. He serves with the best sold single of the year as Shape Of You invaded the charts at January and still sells well. The #1 song this current week of course is Perfect which is as popular due to the duet version with Beyoncé.
In 2017 Ed Sheeran spent 19 weeks at #1. This is the best performance for an recording artist since the beginning of the weekly charts. So far this mark was held by Boney M. which in 1978 managed to occupy 18 weeks at the top position.
To mention dueting partner Beyonce as well: With a span of more than ten years she is the artist with longest #1 career of 2017.

As this list reflects all sales from 22nd to 28th of December this is the survey definitely showing which hits people like on Christmas most. The list is fully crapped with seasonal tunes which perform better than in any other year–a situation similarly seen on the British charts. So there is a lot to tell about Christmas carols this year. Here we are:

#3 All I Want For Christmas Is You Mariah Carey: In 2016 the song reached its all time peak at #5. In 2017 the song performs even better as it climbs two further places to #3 23 years and 24 days after it charted for the very first time. So it even beats the result of Last Christmas that had an exactly 11 days shorter way to its all time peak.
And here is:

#4 Last Christmas Wham!: the ultimate Christmas pop song for more than a decade. It reached its peak at #4 in 2007–well the list reflecting its success was issued on January 4th 2008. Back than it had 72 chart weeks under his belt. Ten years later it eclipses its own feat. Meanwhile it collected 128 weeks–only one week short of the record held by Sky And Sand by Paul & Fritz Kalkbrenner which also is the song that had a longer run to reach its peak.

#8 Driving Home For Christmas Chris Rea: jumping 22–8 in its 48th chart week the song now is the most succesfull single by Chris Rea of all times. Even better it is the very first appearance inside the German top 10 for the British singer. Starting his chart career in Germany in August 1984 it took him 33 years to become a real top 10 act. The song itself had a 31 years run to its so far peak. It charted first in December 2002–so its chart career "only" spans a period of 15 years so far.

#10 Wonderful Dream (Holidays Are Coming) Melanie Thornton: this is one of the younger Christmas classics. Released in 2001 it peaked back than at #4 and recharted every season performing not lower than #41. This season it dips the top10 for the very first time since its initial chart run. It is the 107th chart week and the second most listed song right behind Last Christmas.

#12 Hallelujah Pentatonix: Last year's #1 Christmas song still is popular in 2017 too. It ranks now as the fifth best sold Christmas tune which is quite a good result. Hallelujah still is the one and only singles chart entry of the a capella project.

#14 Merry Christmas Everyone Shakin' Stevens: Recorded in 1985 the song reaches its peak at #14 after 32 years although it only spent eight weeks on the charts–four weeks this year alone. The popularity of this song is a quite new occurance as it reappeared in December 2015 for the first time after its first chart entry. Now it becomes Shakin' Stevens' twentieth top20 hit.

#15 Happy Xmas (War Is Over) John Lennon & Yoko Ono and The Plastic Ono Band (with The Harlem Community Quire): The song peaks at #15 almost 45 years after it first appeared on the German charts. It is far and away the Christmas song spanning the longest time period with its chart appearances. For this feat there were 19 chart weeks taken.
Two years ago the song reached its all time peak at #40 so far.

#18 Thank God It's Christmas Queen: In its tenth chart week the Queen's Christmas song reaches the top20. So far its best performance was #48 reached in 2016. When it first entered the list in 1984 it peaked at #57.

#22 Santa Tell Me Ariana Grande: Recorded in 2014 the song this year has its first chart run. By jumping 99–22 it takes the biggest leap inside the charts in 2017–and doubtlessly one of the biggest in chart history.