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All I Want for Christmas Is a Song that Mentions Jesus

Jesus is the reason for the season. But he doesn’t show up much in the top Christmas songs played on Spotify. According to October 2021 data from the streaming service collected by Every Noise, the most-played Christmas song around the world is Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas,” followed by Wham!’s “Last Christmas,” and Ariana Grande’s “Santa Tell Me.” Some top songs make oblique references to the religious aspect of Christmas, but most stick to love, the weather, and an occasional chestnut.

Globally, the most popular Christmas song to mention Jesus is Boney M.’s “Mary’s Boy Child/Oh My Lord,” which comes in at No. 71. It is followed by Nina Nesbitt singing “O Holy Night” at No. 79 and Josh Groban and Faith Hill performing “The First Nöel” at No. 90.

The presence of Jesus in popular Christmas music varies widely by country, however, revealing differences in musical taste, holiday traditions, and the spread of Christianity by missionaries, militaries, markets, and immigration.

Top Christmas Songs to Mention Jesus Around the World:

In Sri Lanka at #1 is “Bethlehem Pure” by Anil Bharathi

In Nigeria at #4 is “Silent Night” by Just Faithful

In Egypt at #6 is “What Child is This?” by Peter Basket

In Australia at #6 is “Silent Night” by Dean Martin

In the United States at #10 is “Hark the Herald Angels Sing” by Perry Como

In France at #28 is “O Holy Night” by Tracy Chapman

In Hong Kong at #93 is “O Holy Night” by Nina Nesbitt


Daniel Silliman, “All I Want for Christmas Is a Song that Mentions Jesus,” CT Magazine (11-22-21)

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