Billboard’s Top Holiday Albums chart returns for the 2023 holiday season, with Cher’s Christmas album debuting atop the tally (dated Nov. 4). It’s the pop superstar’s first holiday collection. The 13-song set has a blend of classic tunes and newly written tracks, and boasts a starry lineup of guests in Michael Bublé, Cyndi Lauper, Darlene Love, Tyga and Stevie Wonder.
The new Nov. 4-dated chart will be posted in full on Billboard‘s website on Oct. 31.
The Top Holiday Albums chart will continue to be published on a weekly basis through early January of 2024, when it will dash away until the next holiday season. (The chart generally returns to Billboard’s weekly chart menu every October.)
The Top Holiday Albums chart ranks the 50 most popular seasonal albums of the week in the U.S. based on multi-metric consumption as measured in equivalent album units. Units comprise album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). Each units equals one album sales, or 10 individual tracks sold from an album, or 3,750 ad-supported or 1,250 paid/subscription on-demand official audio and video streams generated by songs from an album. For all chart news, follow @billboard and @billboardcharts on both Twitter and Instagram.
Cher’s Christmas earned 21,000 equivalent album units in the U.S. in the week ending Oct. 26, according to Luminate. Of that sum, album sales comprised 20,000, SEA units comprised a little under 1,000 and TEA units comprised the remaining negligible sum. The album was available to purchase as a digital download album and in four different CD variants (each with alternative cover art). A vinyl LP, on ruby red-colored vinyl, is scheduled for release on Nov. 17.
Cher also makes waves on the all-genre Billboard 200 chart, where Christmas bows at No. 32, marking her 14th solo top 40-charting album on the tally. Further, she becomes only the second woman, and third soloist, with a new top 40-charting albums in the 1960s, ‘70s, ‘80s, ‘90s, 2000s, ’10s and ‘20s. The only other acts to have achieved this feat are Bob Dylan, Barbra Streisand and The Rolling Stones.
The top 10 of the Nov. 4-dated Top Holiday Albums chart is dotted with familiar favorites, as the soundtrack to the Halloween-meets-Christmas film Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas is No. 2, Pentatonix’s new The Greatest Christmas Hits debuts at No. 3, Bublé’s Christmas is No. 4 and Vince Guaraldi Trio’s TV soundtrack for A Charlie Brown Christmas is No. 5. The top 10 is rounded out by *NSYNC’s Home for Christmas (No. 6), Mariah Carey’s Merry Christmas (No. 7), Frank Sinatra’s Ultimate Christmas (No. 8), Nat King Cole’s The Christmas Song (No. 9) and Bing Crosby’s Christmas Classics (No. 10).
Among the artists that have new holiday albums dropping later this holiday season (or have recently released a new holiday set in the past month or so): Michael Bolton, Brandy, Jim Brickman, Ally Brooke, Bing Crosby, Jessie James Decker, Seth MacFarlane and Liz Gillies, Samara Joy, Johnny Mathis, My Morning Jacket, Oak Ridge Boys, Jon Pardi, Gregory Porter, Matt Rogers, Michael W. Smith, Straight No Chaser and The Tenors.