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Here is a list of the biggest Christmas songs to chart since 1960. To keep it fair, I have made it based on peak position rather than points as the size of the chart varies wildly.

Have a wonderful Christmas everyone

PlaceYearNo.WksTitle/ArtistPeak
1198520Do They Know It's Christmas? - Band Aid1(4)
2200510Jingle Bells - Crazy Frog1(4)
3196713Snoopy's Christmas - The Royal Guardsmen1(2)
420074SPCA: A Very Special Silent Night - The Underdogs1(1)
520043Do They Know It's Christmas? - Band Aid 201(1)
620145Do They Know It's Christmas? (2014) - Band Aid 302
719994The Millenium Prayer - Cliff Richard2
820043Snoopy's Christmas - The Wobbles2
920102XXXmas - Jay Feeney feat Seth Haapu2
10198113Stop The Cavalry - Jona Lewis3
1119705I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus - The Jackson 53
12199415All I Want For Christmas Is You - Mariah Carey4
1319704Feliz Navidad - José Feliciano4
1419642Pretty Paper - Roy Orbison4
15198816Fairytale Of New York - The Pogues feat. Kirsty MacColl5
1620116Mistletoe - Justin Bieber5
1719641Blue Christmas - Elvis Presley5
1820101Christmas Wrapping - Dominic Harvey feat. Scribe6
1919795Mary's Boy Child/Oh My Lord - Boney M8
2019903Do They Know It's Christmas? - Band Aid II8
2119984Last Christmas - Rap Allstars9
2219944It's Christmas (You Don't Have To Cry) - Purest Form11
2319933Let It Shine (Christmas For The Children) - Annie Crummer 11
2420101Nothing More For Xmas - Mike Puru feat. Jason Kerrison13
2519733Happy Xmas (War Is Over) - John Lennon14
2620162Summer Wonderland - Ronan Keating14
2719857Last Christmas - Wham!17
2820064Last Christmas - Crazy Frog19
2920141Xmas Cake - Jay-Jay Harvey feat. Jupiter Project22
3019892Cat Among The Pigeons / Silent Night - Bros27
3119795Please Come Home For Christmas - The Eagles28
3219862My Hometown/Santa Clause Is Coming To Town-Bruce Springsteen28
3320101Christmas Light - Coldplay34
3420083Feliz Navidad (A Little Bit Wonderful (EP) - Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra 35
35198432000 Miles - The Pretenders36
3620161Christmas In New Zealand - Dennis Marsh and Friends37
3719832Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence - Ryuichi Sakamoto 38
3820132Little Drummer Boy - Pentatonix38
3919942Drummer Boy - Otara Phil-harmonic40
4019852Rock 'n' Roll Christmas - George Thorogood and the Destroyers45

There have been a number of popular Christmas songs over the years that have failed to chart. Here are some of them; see if you can add to the list.

Mistletoe and Wine - Cliff Richard (1988)
Saviour's Day - Cliff Richard (1990)
Merry Xmas Everybody - Slade (1973)
Step Into Christmas - Elton John (1974)
Cold As Christmas - Elton John (1986)
Someday At Christmas - Stevie Wonder (1967)
Thank God It's Christmas - Queen (1984)
Peace On Earth/Little Drummer Boy - Bing Crosby and David Bowie (1982)
Silent Night - Stevie Nicks (1987)
Wonderful Christmas Time - Paul McCartney (1979)
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Thanks for this! Summer Wonderland's positions are inverted though
Thanx Alley. I made a few mistakes. You spend hours working these things out and a minor mistake changes the whole chart. I fixed it but the song drops down the list majorly.
There will be a few more special charts coming in the next few days too as I process statistics from 2016. Watch this space.
Have a great Christmas.
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You too Tempest I just wanted Mariah to be a little bit higher haha!
If you base the chart on points she would be a lot higher but the chart would be much smaller.
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Hi Tempest, quite a few memories of Christmas's past.

Here is a list of some of my personal favorite Christmas songs that charted here in Australia, next to each song is the state that they charted.

"Christmas Time" Bryan Adams 1985. S.A., Q.L.D. & W.A.
"Mary's Boy Child" Harry Belafonte 1958. N.S.W. & Vic.
"Silent Night" Enya 1995. S.A., W.A. & Vic.
"Six White Boomers" Rolf Harris 1960. N.S.W., S.A., Q.L.D. & Vic.
"Jingle Bell Rock" Bobby Helms 1958. Vic.
"Xmas Guitar" Joy Boys 1962. N.S.W. & Q.L.D.
"Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree" Brenda Lee 1960. N.S.W.
"Bring Back The Sprit Of Christmas" Bert Newton 1981. N.S.W.
"(I Want A) Rockin' Christmas" Ol'55 1976. N.S.W., Q.L.D., S.A., W.A. & Vic.
"Little Drummer Boy" Royal Scots Dragoon Guards 1972. N.S.W.
"Mistletoe And Wine" Cliff Richard 1988. N.S.W., Q.L.D., S.A. & W.A.
"Song Of Joy" Miguel Rios 1970. N.S.W., Q.L.D., S.A., W.A. & Vic.
"Twistin' Bells" Santo & Johnny 1961. N.S.W., S.A. & W.A.
"Little Drummer Boy" Harry Simone Chorale 1959. N.S.W., S.A., W.A. & Vic.

Regards

John.
Thanx again John
Here's the Christmas Chart as it stand 0n 4 December 2023. This chart is based on points:

PlaceYearNo. WksTitle/ArtistPeakPoints
1199442All I Want For Christmas Is You - Mariah Carey1(3)1313
2198534Do They Know It's Christmas? - Band Aid1(4)1047
3198529Last Christmas - Wham!2(2)966
4201718It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas - Michael Bublé4612
5198822Fairytale Of New York - The Pogues feat. Kirsty MacColl5608
6195814Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree - Brenda Lee1(1)518
7201413Santa Tell Me - Ariana Grande6428
8198113Stop The Cavalry - Jona Lewie3427
9200510Jingle Bells - Crazy Frog1(4)370
1019706Feliz Navidad - José Feliciano8245
1120119Mistletoe - Justin Bieber11215
1219737Happy Xmas (War Is Over) - John Lennon, Yoko Ono and The Plastic Ono Band With The Harlem Community Choir10210
1319576Jingle Bell Rock - Bobby Helms5207
1419797Mary's Boy Child/Oh My Lord - Boney M8181
1520074SPCA: A Very Special Silent Night - The Underdogs1(1)178
1619636It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year - Andy Williams13178
1720176Snowman - Sia11166
1820145Do They Know It's Christmas? (2014) - Band Aid 302164
1919636Sleigh Ride - The Ronettes14153
2019944It's Christmas (You Don't Have To Cry) - Purest Form11148

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Did you exclude Snoopy's Christmas? I'm not sure how the points system works but I would've expected it to make it since it had 19 weeks charted in the original post.
Interesting list of songs that did not make the charts (Comments under the original post at top). I really like Elton Johns 'Step into Christmas', and also it's 'B' side: 'Ho, Ho, Ho, (Who'd Be A Turkey At Christmas?)'. However oddly enough both sides are shown as the 'A' side in NZ and Oz. As a side note, when I hear Mariah Carey's nauseating song, it all-but ruins Christmas day! John Ure's list is fairly good although 'Song of Joy' while being a great song, I've never considered it a Christmas song. Maybe in OZ it is?
Points are based on 50 for a #1, 49 for #2 and so on. I decided to go 50 due to the chart being a Top 50 from 1979.
The number of weeks for Snoopy's Christmas was my mistake. Six weeks in the NZ Listener chart and 7 in the current chart giving a total of 13. Oddly, despite its popularity, it never charts each Christmas otherwise it would be higher up my list. It hasn't charted since 2013. Let's get this song charting again....
Snoopy's Christmas currently sits at #24 and Step Into Christmas #52. I really like Step Into Christmas too. I also like Slade's Merry Xmas Everybody.

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It's a new week so here is an update on the Christmas Chart - dated 11 December 2023. There have been 68 Christmas songs chart since 1957.

PlaceLast WeekYearNo. WksTitle/ArtistPeakPoints
11199442All I Want For Christmas Is You - Mariah Carey1(3)1396
22198534Do They Know It's Christmas? - Band Aid1(4)1047
33198529Last Christmas - Wham!2(2)1038
44201718It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas - Michael Bublé4654
55198822Fairytale Of New York - The Pogues feat. Kirsty MacColl5637
66195814Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree - Brenda Lee1(1)581
77201413Santa Tell Me - Ariana Grande6469
88198113Stop The Cavalry - Jona Lewie3427
99200510Jingle Bells - Crazy Frog1(4)370
101019706Feliz Navidad - José Feliciano8259
111319576Jingle Bell Rock - Bobby Helms5251
121120119Mistletoe - Justin Bieber11215
131219737Happy Xmas (War Is Over) - John Lennon, Yoko Ono and The Plastic Ono Band With The Harlem Community Choir10210
141619636It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year - Andy Williams13201
151720176Snowman - Sia11185
161419797Mary's Boy Child/Oh My Lord - Boney M8181
171520074SPCA: A Very Special Silent Night - The Underdogs1(1)178
182120187A Holly Jolly Christmas - Michael Bublé12168
191820145Do They Know It's Christmas? (2014) - Band Aid 302164
201919636Sleigh Ride - The Ronettes14153
212019944It's Christmas (You Don't Have To Cry) - Purest Form11148
222220215Merry Christmas - Ed Sheeran and Elton John11145
232320043Do They Know It's Christmas? - Band Aid 201(1)132
2424196713Snoopy's Christmas - The Royal Guardsmen1(2)129
252519504Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow - Frank Sinatra15128
262620043Snoopy's Christmas - The Wobbles2125
272719994The Millenium Prayer - Cliff Richard2112
282819903Do They Know It's Christmas? - Band Aid II8112
292919984Last Christmas - Rap Allstars9111
303020064Last Christmas - Crazy Frog19100
313119933Let It Shine (Christmas For The Children) - Annie Crummer1190
323219864Merry Christmas Everyone - Shakin' Stevens2676
333319796Please Come Home For Christmas - The Eagles2875
343419863Driving Home For Christmas - Chris Rea2275
353519704Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town - The Jackson Five2773
363620162Summer Wonderland - Ronan Keating1472
373720102XXXmas - Jay Feeney270
383820063Jingle Bell Rock - Hall And Oates2070
394020222Underneath The Tree - Kelly Clarkson2064
403920083Feliz Navidad - Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra3557

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Here's a list of some well known Christmas songs that have never charted in New Zealand:

1990Saviour's Day - Cliff Richard
1975Santa Never Made It Into Darwin - Bill and Boyd
1966Someday At Christmas - Stevie Wonder
1979Wonderful Chistmastime - Paul McCartney
1984Thank God It's Christmas - Queen
1973Merry Xmas Everybody - Slade
1988Mistletoe And Wine - Cliff Richard
1983Cold As Christmas - Elton John
1975Please Daddy Don't Get Drunk This Christmas - Hauraki Good Guys
A few small changes in this weeks Christmas chart. I extended it to 50. Please note, this is based on points with a number one slot on the weekly chart getting 50 points, number two 49 points and so on. To date there have been 68 Christmas songs in the chart since 1957.

PlaceLast WeekYearNo. WksTitle/ArtistPeakPoints
11199442All I Want For Christmas Is You - Mariah Carey1(3)1445
23198529Last Christmas - Wham!2(2)1086
32198534Do They Know It's Christmas? - Band Aid1(4)1047
44201718It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas - Michael Bublé4695
55198822Fairytale Of New York - The Pogues feat. Kirsty MacColl5666
66195814Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree - Brenda Lee1(1)628
77201413Santa Tell Me - Ariana Grande6511
88198113Stop The Cavalry - Jona Lewie3427
99200510Jingle Bells - Crazy Frog1(4)370
101319576Jingle Bell Rock - Bobby Helms5289
111019706Feliz Navidad - José Feliciano8273
121120119Mistletoe - Justin Bieber11215
131219737"Happy Xmas (War Is Over) - John Lennon, Yoko Ono and The Plastic Ono Band With The Harlem Community Choir"10210
141619636It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year - Andy Williams13229
151720176Snowman - Sia11212
161419797Mary's Boy Child/Oh My Lord - Boney M8181
171520074SPCA: A Very Special Silent Night - The Underdogs1(1)178
182120187A Holly Jolly Christmas - Michael Bublé12191
191820145Do They Know It's Christmas? (2014) - Band Aid 302164
201919636Sleigh Ride - The Ronettes14153
212019944It's Christmas (You Don't Have To Cry) - Purest Form11148
222220215Merry Christmas - Ed Sheeran and Elton John11145
232320043Do They Know It's Christmas? - Band Aid 201(1)132
2424196713Snoopy's Christmas - The Royal Guardsmen1(2)129
252519504Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow - Frank Sinatra15128
262620043Snoopy's Christmas - The Wobbles2125
272719994The Millenium Prayer - Cliff Richard2112
282819903Do They Know It's Christmas? - Band Aid II8112
292919984Last Christmas - Rap Allstars9111
303020064Last Christmas - Crazy Frog19100
313119933Let It Shine (Christmas For The Children) - Annie Crummer1190
324020222Underneath The Tree - Kelly Clarkson2081
333219864Merry Christmas Everyone - Shakin' Stevens2676
343319796Please Come Home For Christmas - The Eagles2875
353419863Driving Home For Christmas - Chris Rea2275
363519704Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town - The Jackson Five2773
373620162Summer Wonderland - Ronan Keating1472
383720102XXXmas - Jay Feeney270
393820063Jingle Bell Rock - Hall And Oates2070
403920083Feliz Navidad - Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra3557
414119502Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow - Dean Martin1751
424219705I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus - The Jackson Five 350
434319622A Holly Jolly Christmas - Burl Ives1550
444420101Christmas Wrapping - Dominic Harvey645
454519422White Christmas - Bing Crosby2445
4646198927Silent Night - Bros241
474720101Nothing More For Xmas - Mike Puru1338
484819532The Christmas Song - Nat "King" Cole2738
494919862Santa Clause Is Coming To Town - Bruce Springsteen2831
505020141Xmas Cake - Jay Jay Harvey2229

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Here's this weeks Christmas chart. Apologies for lateness - been away...

PlaceLast WeekYearNo. WksTitle/ArtistPeakPoints
11199442All I Want For Christmas Is You - Mariah Carey1(3)1494
22198529Last Christmas - Wham!2(2)1133
33198534Do They Know It's Christmas? - Band Aid1(4)1072
44201718It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas - Michael Bublé4743
55198822Fairytale Of New York - The Pogues feat. Kirsty MacColl5694
66195814Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree - Brenda Lee1(1)676
77201413Santa Tell Me - Ariana Grande6554
88198113Stop The Cavalry - Jona Lewie3427
99200510Jingle Bells - Crazy Frog1(4)370
101019576Jingle Bell Rock - Bobby Helms5331
111119706Feliz Navidad - José Feliciano8302
121220119Mistletoe - Justin Bieber11239
131419636It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year - Andy Williams13264
141520176Snowman - Sia11249
151319737Happy Xmas (War Is Over) - John Lennon, Yoko Ono and The Plastic Ono Band With The Harlem Community Choir10225
161820187A Holly Jolly Christmas - Michael Bublé12224
171619797Mary's Boy Child/Oh My Lord - Boney M8181
181720074SPCA: A Very Special Silent Night - The Underdogs1(1)178
192019636Sleigh Ride - The Ronettes14175
201920145Do They Know It's Christmas? (2014) - Band Aid 302164
212220215Merry Christmas - Ed Sheeran and Elton John11159
222119944It's Christmas (You Don't Have To Cry) - Purest Form11148
232320043Do They Know It's Christmas? - Band Aid 201(1)132
2424196713Snoopy's Christmas - The Royal Guardsmen1(2)129
252519504Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow - Frank Sinatra15128
262620043Snoopy's Christmas - The Wobbles2125
272719994The Millenium Prayer - Cliff Richard2112
282819903Do They Know It's Christmas? - Band Aid II8112
293220222Underneath The Tree - Kelly Clarkson20111
302919984Last Christmas - Rap Allstars9111
313020064Last Christmas - Crazy Frog19100
323119933Let It Shine (Christmas For The Children) - Annie Crummer1190
333319864Merry Christmas Everyone - Shakin' Stevens2676
343419796Please Come Home For Christmas - The Eagles2875
353519863Driving Home For Christmas - Chris Rea2275
364119502Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow - Dean Martin1774
373619704Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town - The Jackson Five2773
383720162Summer Wonderland - Ronan Keating1472
393820102XXXmas - Jay Feeney270
403920063Jingle Bell Rock - Hall And Oates2070
414020083Feliz Navidad - Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra3557
424219705I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus - The Jackson Five 350
434319622A Holly Jolly Christmas - Burl Ives1550
444420101Christmas Wrapping - Dominic Harvey645
454519422White Christmas - Bing Crosby2445
4646198927Silent Night - Bros241
474720101Nothing More For Xmas - Mike Puru1338
484819532The Christmas Song - Nat "King" Cole2738
494919862Santa Clause Is Coming To Town - Bruce Springsteen2831
505020141Xmas Cake - Jay Jay Harvey2229

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The results are in. Here's the final Christmas chart to 1 January 2024. There are now 71 Christmas songs charted since 1957. Sadly, not many kiwis and Snoopy continues to miss the chart. Maybe the Red Barron finally got him.
Please remember, these charts are based ONLY on points).
I include here the Top 70:

PlaceLast WeekYearNo. WksTitle/ArtistPeakPoints
11199446All I Want For Christmas Is You - Mariah Carey1(4)1544
22198532Last Christmas - Wham!2(2)1181
33198536Do They Know It's Christmas? - Band Aid1(4)1110
44201722It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas - Michael Bublé4790
55198826Fairytale Of New York - The Pogues feat. Kirsty MacColl5730
66195818Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree - Brenda Lee1(1)725
77201417Santa Tell Me - Ariana Grande6599
88198113Stop The Cavalry - Jona Lewie3427
910195710Jingle Bell Rock - Bobby Helms5377
109200510Jingle Bells - Crazy Frog1(4)370
1111197010Feliz Navidad - José Feliciano8343
1214196310It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year - Andy Williams8307
1315201710Snowman - Sia11288
1412201111Mistletoe - Justin Bieber11271
1518201811A Holly Jolly Christmas - Michael Bublé12261
161319739Happy Xmas (War Is Over) - John Lennon, Yoko Ono and The Plastic Ono Band With The Harlem Community Choir10259
172019638Sleigh Ride - The Ronettes9217
182220217Merry Christmas - Ed Sheeran and Elton John11192
191619797Mary's Boy Child/Oh My Lord - Boney M8181
201720074SPCA: A Very Special Silent Night - The Underdogs1(1)178
211920145Do They Know It's Christmas? (2014) - Band Aid 302164
222519505Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow - Frank Sinatra15159
233220226Underneath The Tree - Kelly Clarkson11151
242119944It's Christmas (You Don't Have To Cry) - Purest Form11148
252320043Do They Know It's Christmas? - Band Aid 201(1)132
2624196713Snoopy's Christmas - The Royal Guardsmen1(2)129
272620043Snoopy's Christmas - The Wobbles2125
282819903Do They Know It's Christmas? - Band Aid II8112
292719994The Millenium Prayer - Cliff Richard2112
302919984Last Christmas - Rap Allstars9111
314119504Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow - Dean Martin16109
323419797Please Come Home For Christmas - The Eagles22104
333519864Driving Home For Christmas - Chris Rea22103
343020064Last Christmas - Crazy Frog19100
353619705Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town - The Jackson Five2698
363119933Let It Shine (Christmas For The Children) - Annie Crummer1190
374319623A Holly Jolly Christmas - Burl Ives1580
383319864Merry Christmas Everyone - Shakin' Stevens2676
393720162Summer Wonderland - Ronan Keating1472
403920063Jingle Bell Rock - Hall And Oates2070
413820102XXXmas - Jay Feeney270
424020083Feliz Navidad - Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra3557
434819533The Christmas Song - Nat "King" Cole2755
445219733Step Into Christmas - Elton John2054
454219705I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus - The Jackson Five 350
464519422White Christmas - Bing Crosby2445
474420101Christmas Wrapping - Dominic Harvey645
4846198927Silent Night - Bros241
495619582Run Rudolf Run - Chuck Berry3139
504720101Nothing More For Xmas - Mike Puru1338
514919862Santa Clause Is Coming To Town - Bruce Springsteen2831
5251198432000 Miles - The Pretenders3629
535020141Xmas Cake - Jay Jay Harvey2229
546019632Little Saint Nick - The Beach Boys3528
555319792Wonderful Christmastime - Paul McCartney2427
565520132Little Drummer Boy - Pentatonix3825
575420181Jingle Bells - Michael Bublé feat the Puppini Sisters2625
586319642Blue Christmas - Elvis Presley3824
59NEW19511It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas - Perry Como2823
605720101Christmas Light - Coldplay3417
615819832Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence - Ryuichi Sakamoto3816
62NEW20221Santa, Can't You Hear Me? - Kelly Clarkson and Ariana Grande3714
635920161Christmas In New Zealand - Dennis Marsh3714
64NEW20231DJ Play A Christmas Song - Cher4012
656219942Drummer Boy - Otara Phil-harmonic4012
666119581Winter Wonderland - Tony Bennett3912
676519852Rock 'n' Roll Christmas - George Thorogood and the Destroyers4511
686419642Pretty Paper - Roy Orbison411
696619911The Christmas Song - Natalie Cole456
706719901It's Christmas All Over The World - John Rowles492

And finally, the 71st song. As I don't have charts from 1957 I don't know total weeks charted, peak position or points:

716819596The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don't Be Late) - David Seville1


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