Spotify have named this absolute banger the most-played Christmas song of all time, but can you guess which one it is?
Christmas songs, although intended as a source of festive joy, are often the cause of many a debate.
From quarrels over how early is too early (watch out for those premature jingles, experts say they can be bad for your mental health) to which Christmas songs are the best, we’ve all got something to say on the matter.
But if you’re looking for some ammon to validate your Christmas music choices, Spotify hadone some research that could be useful.
The hugely popular music streaming platform has collated data on the 20 most-played Christmas songs across the globe, identifying one in particular as the most-loved of all.
Coming in at number one, with overwhelming popularity, it is (of course) Mariah Carey’s All I Want For Christmas Is You.
The 1994 classic was the most-played seasonal song in every single country the world over apart from Iceland and Denmark, who favoured traditional songs in their own language.
It also takes home the title as Spotify’s most streamed Christmas song ever, with 217 million streams globally so far.
Other hugely popular titles are Wham!’s Last Christmas which comes in at number two, and the dulcet tones of Michael Bublé in It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas taking the third spot.
We have to admit, although these findings happily affirm our love of our favourite Christmas songs, they aren’t overly shocking. Although what may surprise you is that oldie but goodie tunes such as The Pogues’ Fairytale of New York (feat. Kirsty MacColl) and White Christmas are moving further down the list for younger singers like Ariana Grande and Justin Bieber’s relatively new jingles.
Take a look at the full list below for festive playlist inspiration:
1. Mariah Carey - All I Want for Christmas Is You
2. Wham! - Last Christmas
3. Michael Bublé - It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas
4. Justin Bieber - Mistletoe
5. Ariana Grande - Santa Tell Me
6. Andy Williams - It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year
7. Band Aid - Do They Know It’s Christmas? (1984 Version)
8. The Pogues - Fairytale of New York (feat. Kirsty MacColl)
9. Bing Crosby - White Christmas
10. Frank Sinatra - Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!
11. Michael Bublé - White Christmas (Duet With Shania Twain)
12. Bobby Helms - Jingle Bell Rock
13. Michael Bublé - All I Want For Christmas Is You
14. Elvis Presley - Blue Christmas
15. José Feliciano - Feliz Navidad
16. Michael Bublé - Holly Jolly Christmas
17. Coldplay - Christmas Lights
18. Chris Rea - Driving Home For Christmas
19. Nat King Cole - The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas To You)
20. Michael Bublé - Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
So if you’re a Mariah fan, consider your argument to have All I Want For Christmas Is You blaring all day every day in the office until Christmas well and truly won.
Images: Mariah Carey All I want for Christmas is you album cover