The Most Christmassy Songs & Countries on Spotify

You might have heard holiday music on the radio or in stores last month, and thought, “hmmmm, that’s a bit early.” In fact, Spotify data shows that most listeners weren’t ready for it that soon. As you can see from the data visualization below, which shows Christmas listening by country and day this year, when people get to choose their own music, they don’t get into the holiday spirit until December.

This interactive audiographic contains three sections. Directions: Click a flag in the top section to control the rest of the graphic, revealing the Christmas listening habits of each country:

Top 20 Christmas songs globally

Bringing it all together for a global view, here are the favorite Christmas tracks worldwide.

  1. Mariah Carey – All I Want for Christmas Is You
  2. Wham! – Last Christmas
  3. Michael Bublé – It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas
  4. Justin Bieber – Mistletoe
  5. Ariana Grande – Santa Tell Me
  6. Andy Williams – It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year
  7. Band Aid – Do They Know It’s Christmas? (1984 Version)
  8. The Pogues – Fairytale of New York (feat. Kirsty MacColl)
  9. Bing Crosby – White Christmas
  10. Frank Sinatra – Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!
  11. Michael Bublé – White Christmas (Duet With Shania Twain)
  12. Bobby Helms – Jingle Bell Rock
  13. Michael Bublé – All I Want For Christmas Is You
  14. Elvis Presley – Blue Christmas
  15. José Feliciano – Feliz Navidad
  16. Michael Bublé – Holly Jolly Christmas
  17. Coldplay – Christmas Lights
  18. Chris Rea – Driving Home For Christmas
  19. Nat King Cole – The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas To You)
  20. Michael Bublé – Santa Claus Is Coming To Town

Christmas Music by Country

Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You” is the most popular song in every country but two (Helgi Björnsson’s “Ef ég nenni” in Iceland and Denmark: Gulddreng’s “Guld Jul” in Denmark). So we figured it would be more interesting to find which Christmas song trends hardest there — i.e. the song most distinctive to each country.

Which countries traditionally listen to the most Christmas music? As it turns out, the Nordic home of Santa Claus himself is where festive listening reigns, while countries with more sun and no snowfall (near listen to a smaller overall share of Christmas music.

Countries are ranked by how hard Christmas music trended there last year, along with their most distinctive yuletide track:

  1. Iceland: Helgi Björnsson – Ef ég nenni
  2. Norway: Kurt Nilsen, The Norwegian Radio Orchestra – Himmel På Jord
  3. Sweden: Adolphson & Falk – Mer jul
  4. Denmark: Gulddreng – Guld Jul
  5. Ireland: Picture This – This Christmas
  6. Finland: Suvi Teräsniska – Hei Mummo
  7. United Kingdom: Bob B. Soxx & The Blue Jeans – Here Comes Santa Claus
  8. Canada: Sarah McLachlan – Away In A Manger
  9. Netherlands: Bianca Ryan – Why Couldn’t It Be Christmas Everyday?
  10. Austria: Joyful Christmas All Stars – Joyful Christmas to You All
  11. Liechtenstein: Detlev Jöcker – Bald ist Nikolausabend da
  12. Hungary: Csondor Kata – Add Tovább – Hóban Ébred
  13. Slovakia: Pavol Habera,Karel Gott,Peter Dvorsky – Svet lasku ma
  14. Greece: Typaldos’ Children’s Choire – Rudolf to Elafaki
  15. Germany: 257ers – Holz – Weihnachtslied
  16. United States: Jim Carrey – You’re A Mean One Mr. Grinch – From “Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas” Soundtrack
  17. Latvia: Lauris Reiniks – Tik Balti
  18. Luxembourg: Sternschnuppe – Oh Tannenbaum
  19. Italy: Laura Pausini – White Christmas (with the Patrick Williams Orchestra)
  20. Poland: Margaret & Siemacha – A kto wie czy za rogiem
  21. Monaco: Joshua James – God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
  22. Czech Republic: Dětský sbor – Štědrej večer nastal
  23. Lithuania: Ricky Martin, Rosie O’Donnell – Ay, Ay, Ay It’s Christmas
  24. New Zealand: Stevie Nicks – Silent Night
  25. Estonia: Maarja – Sulle Kes Sa Kaugel
  26. Belgium: Bart Peeters – Vrolijk Kerstfeest
  27. Singapore: The Graduate Singers – A TGS Christmas Medley: Joy to the World / When Blossoms Flowered ‘Mid the Snows / Mary, Did You Know? / Hark! The Herald Angels Sing / Angels We Have Heard On High
  28. Hong Kong: 衛詩/Jill Vidal – Lonely Christmas
  29. Switzerland: Bing Crosby – A Christmas Toast
  30. Philippines: Aiza Seguerra, Carol Banawa, Juris,Yeng Constantino – Star Ng Pasko
  31. Australia: Dean Martin – Silent Night
  32. Malaysia: Whitney Houston – I’ll Be Home for Christmas
  33. Japan: AI – ハッピークリスマス
  34. Portugal: João Gilberto – Presente De Natal
  35. Bulgaria: Demenzia – Let It Snow
  36. Panama: El Gran Combo De Puerto Rico – La Cabeza del Lechon
  37. Spain: Raya Real – La Virgen Gitana
  38. Taiwan: 四葉草 – 在一起
  39. Guatemala: Actitud.Fm, Celeste Nova – Se Oye Un Son En Alta Esfera
  40. Dominican Republic: Conjunto Quisqueya – Trulla Navideña
  41. France: Mel Tormé – The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire)
  42. Honduras: Chino John – Aquellos Diciembres
  43. Ecuador: Grupo Coral Borkis – Alégrate
  44. Indonesia: Amelia Ong – Let It Snow
  45. Costa Rica: Son De Tikizia – Navidad, Navidad (Jingle Bells)
  46. El Salvador: Los Hermanos Flores – Mix Navideno
  47. Mexico: Juanes – El Burrito De Belén
  48. Colombia: Rodolfo Aicardi, Los Hispanos – Cantares de Navidad
  49. Peru: Marcarmen Marín – Navidad Rock
  50. Bolivia: Il Volo – Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
  51. Chile: La Sonora De Tommy Rey – Un Año Más
  52. Paraguay: Purahei Soul – Dos Trocitos de Madera
  53. Brazil: Simone – Então É Natal (Happy X-Mas)(War Is Over)
  54. Uruguay: Stefano Vettorazzi – Una navidad (versión A0)
  55. Argentina: El Mato A Un Policia Motorizado – Navidad en los Santos

Age Groups

Overall, we found that older fans listen to more holiday fare than younger fans. Here’s how Christmas music taste varies by age this year, in the form of the most distinctive Christmas song to each age group globally:

The ‘Official’ Christmas Anthem of Each US State

Here’s the Christmas music each state listens to the most relative to listeners in the rest of the country. In a way, this is the Christmas song that most defines each state, like the state bird or motto.

Hawaii, Maine, Mississippi, Nevada, New Hampshire, and New Mexico have the same Nat King Cole track in common vs. the rest of the country. Bill Murray and friends make a guest appearance on New York’s song. Meanwhile, Colorado, Indiana, and Texas work their names into their Christmas anthems.

As with the country list above, states are ranked by how hard Christmas music trended there last year. The top six states are all in New England:

  1. Vermont: Gene Autry – Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer
  2. New Hampshire: Nat King Cole – The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas To You)
  3. Connecticut: Glee Cast – Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree (Glee Cast Version)
  4. Rhode Island: Trans-Siberian Orchestra – Christmas Eve / Sarajevo (Instrumental)
  5. Maine: Nat King Cole – The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas To You)
  6. Massachusetts: George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker – Act II: Waltz of the Flowers
  7. Utah: David Archuleta – Angels We Have Heard On High
  8. Montana: John Debney – Christmas Medley
  9. Washington: Sufjan Stevens – Lo! How A Rose E’er Blooming
  10. Oregon: Sofia Talvik – When It Rains On Christmas Day
  11. Idaho: Capital Lights – His Favorite Christmas Story
  12. Minnesota: Amy Grant – I Need A Silent Night
  13. South Carolina: Darius Rucker – What God Wants For Christmas
  14. Virginia: Stillroom – Another (Lonely) Christmas Song
  15. Pennsylvania: Billy Squier – Christmas Is the Time to Say “I Love You”
  16. Wisconsin: Faith Hill – Little Drummer Boy
  17. Hawaii: Nat King Cole – The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas To You)
  18. New Jersey: Jon Bon Jovi – Please Come Home For Christmas
  19. Ohio: Baby Magic Melodies – Silent Night
  20. Colorado: Nitty Gritty Dirt Band – Colorado Christmas
  21. Wyoming: Harry Simeone Chorale – The Little Drummer Boy – Single Version
  22. Alaska: The Jackson 5 – Frosty The Snowman
  23. North Carolina: Sufjan Stevens – Holy, Holy, Holy
  24. Delaware: Trans-Siberian Orchestra – Christmas Eve / Sarajevo (Instrumental)
  25. Maryland: The Jackson 5 – Little Drummer Boy
  26. Indiana: Straight No Chaser – Indiana Christmas
  27. Missouri: Home Free – I’ll Be Home for Christmas
  28. New York: Phoenix, Bill Murray – Alone on Christmas Day
  29. Illinois: Barenaked Ladies – Elf’s Lament
  30. Tennessee: The Ghosts of Christmas Past – Stockingfeet! Reprise-Surprise
  31. Michigan: Trans-Siberian Orchestra – Siberian Sleigh Ride – Instrumental
  32. Kentucky: Sovereign Grace Music – Who Would Have Dreamed
  33. Georgia: Carol of the Bells – Carol of the Bells – Choral
  34. Louisiana: Big Freedia – Rudy, The Big Booty Reindeer
  35. Nebraska: Mannheim Steamroller – Christmas Lullaby
  36. Kansas: Bette Midler – Cool Yule
  37. Iowa: Sarah McLachlan – What Child Is This? (Greensleeves)
  38. Alabama: Casting Crowns – God Is With Us
  39. Florida: Dej Loaf – All I Want for Christmas (feat. Kodak Black)
  40. South Dakota: The Drifters – White Christmas – Voice
  41. New Mexico: Nat King Cole – The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas To You)
  42. California: Bryan Lazar – Please Come Home for Christmas
  43. North Dakota: The Drifters – White Christmas – Voice
  44. Arizona: The Kiboomers – Jesus Loves Me – Music Box and Heartbeat
  45. Arkansas: Andra Day – God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
  46. Oklahoma: Emery – (Ho Ho Hey) A Way For Santa’s Sleigh
  47. West Virginia: Bing Crosby – It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas
  48. Mississippi: Nat King Cole – The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas To You)
  49. Texas: George Strait – When It’s Christmas Time In Texas
  50. Nevada: Nat King Cole – The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas To You)

Additional Insights

Graphic by Skyler Johnson

2 thoughts on “The Most Christmassy Songs & Countries on Spotify

  1. Why did you guys stop posting on this blog? This is the most lit data science blog of all time. Considering you people sit on the most powerful music consumption database, you have a societal obligation to post dank visualizations at least once a month.

    Your biggest fan,
    AK

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