Music News Digest: Week Of December 18, 2022

December 25, 2022 by Amy Gold

During the week of December 18, 2022, "A Charlie Brown Christmas," originally recorded in 1965 by the Vince Guaraldi Trio, returned to the Billboard Top Album Sales chart and peaked at no. 2, its highest position to date on this tally. This classic album features the soundtrack to the same-named holiday TV cartoon special based on the "Peanuts" comic strip that aired on CBS from 1965-2000 before moving to ABC.

Also that week, it was announced that Elton John's "Farewell Yellow Brick Road" tour topped Billboard's list of the highest-grossing tours for the month of November. This is the sixth time the Rocket Man has topped this chart, extending his record as the artist with the highest number of months at #1 overall.

Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" reached a new milestone in popularity after recently amassing a whopping two billion views on Spotify. This 1975 smash previously had a resurgence in popularity in 1992 after being featured in the soundtrack to "Wayne's World," and after the release of the same-named Queen biopic in 2018, "Bohemian Rhapsody" became the most streamed song of the 20th century.

Finally, Rolling Stone recently updated its list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time which is now available both online and as a book. Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On" tops this list, and several recordings by other veteran bands and artists also made the Top 10, among them The Beach Boys' "Pet Sounds" at #2, Joni Mitchell's "Blue" at #3, Stevie Wonder's "Songs In The Key Of Life" at #4, The Beatles' "Abbey Road" at #5, Fleetwood Mac's "Rumours" at #7, and Bob Dylan's "Blood On The Tracks" at #9.

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