Cher’s ‘DJ Play a Christmas Song’ Tops Adult Contemporary Chart

With "DJ Play a Christmas Song," Cher soars to the top of Billboard's Adult Contemporary radio airplay chart (dated December 9).

Luminate reports that during the tracking week of Nov. 24–30, the single saw a 31% increase in plays.

Since 2000, when the majority of the format's stations started to play holiday music heavily—that is, around the clock—between Thanksgiving and Christmas, the carol has been the 29th holiday to debut at No. 1 on the AC chart.

The first of these leaders was NewSong's "The Christmas Shoes," while Backstreet Boys' rendition of Wham!'s "Last Christmas" ruled for five weeks during the previous Christmas season.

In addition to making history, "DJ Play a Christmas Song" is Cher's first AC No. 1 since "If I Could Turn Back Time," which topped the charts for a week in September 1989.

In the 62-year history of the chart, she ends the longest gap between No. 1s at 34 years and 2 weeks.

She surpasses Elton John, who lasted 23 years, 11 months, and 1 week without listening to his own holiday song, "Merry Christmas."

With Ed Sheeran two Yuletide seasons earlier, until "Something About the Way You Look Tonight" in 1997–1998.

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