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All San Francisco Wants For Christmas Isn’t Christmas Music


Winter vacation may be several weeks away, but the holiday music season is in full swing, sweeping department store speakers and transforming Americans’ music listening habits.

However, San Franciscans – at least Spotify users in San Francisco – seem to be embracing this trend with a little less enthusiasm than the United States as a whole.

Spotify outputs weekly charts by listeners in his region showing the 100 most popular songs streaming this week. The Chronicle took a look at the company’s most recent charts, which encompass the week of November 26 through December 2, for the nine most populous U.S. cities, as well as San Francisco and the country as a whole. (We would have looked at the 10 most populous, but the 10th, San Jose, is not available separately on the platform.) We then counted the total number of openly Christmas and winter holiday-themed songs. that appeared at the top of each region. List of the 100 most popular songs for this week.

Overall, the data shows that the country as a whole enjoys holiday music much more than its larger cities. The United States currently has 31 holiday-themed songs in their top 100, which means almost a third of their biggest hits right now are Christmasy. The average number of holiday songs in the cities we looked at, meanwhile, was only 16.5.

So far, Spotify users in San Francisco enjoy Christmas music even less than most major cities. The city currently has just 14 Christmas carols in its top 100. That’s fewer songs than six of the nine major cities we looked at, and far fewer than the United States as a whole. Los Angeles is the musical Grinch of the group, with just nine Christmas-themed songs in its top 100.

Philadelphia, meanwhile, is the nation’s most obsessed big city with Christmas music in late November. A quarter of the city’s top 100 songs are Christmas-themed.

We also calculated a “Christmas score” for each region based on the position of their Christmas carols in the top 100; a higher score indicates that the city has more Christmas-themed songs higher in their rankings, while a lower score indicates that it has fewer Christmas songs that are broadcast less. For the score, a song ranked # 1 receives 100 points, a song ranked # 2 99 points, and so on.

The Christmas scores for each city correspond quite well to the number of songs each has on its map, although the positions of Phoenix and San Antonio are reversed. Philadelphia has the highest Christmas score of any city, at around 1,200, though the country’s total is still significantly higher at nearly 1,600.

While the overall popularity of vacation music in each city can vary widely, the top songs remain remarkably consistent. The most popular holiday-themed song in all places is, unsurprisingly, “All I Want For Christmas Is You” by Mariah Carey. In the last week of November, the effervescent favorite for sing-along songs made it to the top 20 on the list of most listened to in all regions, and in the United States overall it was in 6th place. rank.

Carey’s average smash hit ranking across all cities is 11.4. Other favorite tracks across the city include “Rockin ‘Around the Christmas Tree” performed by Brenda Lee (15.8), “White Christmas” performed by Bing Crosby (17.9) and “Jingle Bell Rock” by Bobby. Helms (19.3).

The holiday season is still early days, and perhaps LA and San Francisco’s scores will rise relative to other areas as Christmas and other winter vacations draw closer. Only time and additional data will tell.

Susie Neilson is a writer for the San Francisco Chronicle. Email: [email protected] Twitter: @susieneilson