The bizarre validity of Christmas hits: Michael Bublé and Wham lead the year-end chart

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There are no explanations about it the phenomenon of christmas songsbut the truth is that the US and UK charts always show new and old recordings topping year-end sales.

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For this reason, albums with this theme continue to be recorded, as has now happened with artists such as Andrea Bocelli, Backstreet Boys and others.

Statistics for the last week of 2022 in England were released today, and the unusual thing is that Michael Bubble appears at the top of the albums chart with Christmas Y Wham! guide the simple with The Last Christmas.

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The Buble case

The Canadian singer reached number one in the UK charts for the fifth time in its history with the album Christmassince 2011, where he has recorded classics such as Santa Claus is coming to town, Jingle Bells, Merry Christmas Y Silent night.

The album had already been at No. 3 the week before and has now climbed to the top, just like it did in December 2011 and December 2021, among other years.

The numbers are spectacular: Christmas It has a total of over 16 million copies sold, making it one of the best-selling LPs of this century, and it also has more than 4,000 million views on digital platforms.

Indeed, earlier this year, to celebrate the record’s 10th anniversary, Bublé released a deluxe version with more songs.

“To be like a guest in the homes of people all over the world in a moment filled with love and kindness is amazing. I love everything. I love how people associate me with my favorite time of year. It couldn’t get any better,” she said.

The UK Top Albums list includes other artists with Christmas records, such as Cliff Richard with Christmas With The CliffAndrea Bocelli with A family ChristmasAndre Rieu & Johann Strauss Orchestra con Silver bellsand the legendary Bing Crosby with his Christmas classics the last century.

The immortal George Michael

On December 3, 1984 the duo Wham! was born, formed by George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley launched the topic The Last Christmaswhich this week reappeared at the top of the Official UK Singles Chart.

Last week it had been in second place and now it has leapt to the top, with 79,000 units sold and more than 18 million streams.

unusually, The Last Christmas had not reached the first place in its original version, because the throne was in the hands of success for many weeks They know it’s Christmas, by Band Aid, and Wham! they had to settle for second place. He only reached the summit in December 2021, after 37 years.

In the rest of this ranking, more Christmas themes appear, such as Mariah Carey and All I want for Christmas is youEd Sheeran and Elton John with Happy ChristmasBrenda Lee with Rockin’ around the Christmas tree (since 1962!), Michael Bublé with It’s starting to look a lot like ChristmasLizzo with Original One day at Christmas and the legendary Andy Williams with It’s the most wonderful time of the year.

One explanation given by many record industry analysts is that this invasion of holiday songs almost always occurs in the last week of the year because there are rarely new song releases and the holiday catalog dominates the scene.

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