Some Christmas songs are classics, which listeners only groan about when they start playing too early in the year. Others, like Mariah Carey's "All I Want For Christmas Is You" and Wham!'s "Last Christmas," have turned into memes instead, with thousands of people trying to avoid them every year (despite their continued popularity).
Beginning in 1958, Billboard has released information about the top Christmas songs and albums nearly every year. However, they changed the name and style of their Christmas lists so often that it can be difficult to understand which songs were at the top of the charts for the longest.
By pulling together the data from Billboard's many holiday hit lists, it's possible to know which song(s) dominated each year. Check out important years in your life, and be sure to get to the bottom to see fast facts about which songs, artists, and albums have set records.