Merry, Merry Christmas

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Merry, Merry Christmas
Studio album by New Kids on the Block
Released September 19, 1989
Recorded 1988–1989
Genre Pop, holiday
Length 42:17
Label Columbia
Producer Maurice Starr
New Kids on the Block chronology
Hangin' Tough
(1988)
Merry, Merry Christmas
(1989)
Step by Step
(1990)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Smash Hits (8/10)[2]

Merry, Merry Christmas is the third album by pop act New Kids on the Block, released in the United States by Columbia Records on September 19, 1989 (see 1989 in music). It is a holiday album, featuring seasonal songs, both cover versions and original material. Released at a time when the group was peaking, it went double platinum and spawned the top ten single, "This One's for the Children." On October 14, 2008 the album was released to iTunes.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Lead vocals Length
1. "This One's for the Children"   Maurice Starr Jordan Knight, Donnie Wahlberg 3:58
2. "Last Night I Saw Santa Claus"   Al Lancellotti, Starr Donnie Wahlberg 3:31
3. "I'll Be Missin You Come Christmas (A Letter to Santa)"   Kenny Nolan, Starr Donnie Wahlberg, Joey McIntyre, Jordan Knight 5:06
4. "I Still Believe In Santa Claus"   Al Lancellotti, Starr Danny Wood, Joey McIntyre 3:24
5. "Merry, Merry Christmas"   Al Lancellotti, Starr Jordan Knight 4:08
6. "The Christmas Song"   Mel Tormé, Robert Wells Jordan Knight 4:18
7. "Funky, Funky Xmas"   Donnie Wahlberg, Starr Danny Wood, Donnie Wahlberg, Joey McIntyre, Jordan Knight 5:06
8. "White Christmas"   Irving Berlin Jonathan Knight 3:40
9. "The Little Drummer Boy"   Harry Simeone, Henry Onorati, Katherine K. Davis Danny Wood 4:14
10. "This One's for the Children" (reprise) Starr Jordan Knight, Donnie Wahlberg 1:12
Total length:
36:58

Singles[edit]

  • "This One's for the Children" – October 12, 1989
  • "Funky, Funky Xmas" – December 20, 1989

Chart positions[edit]

Year Chart Positions[3]
1989 Australian Albums Chart 34
1989 Austrian Albums Chart 13
1989 Canadian RPM Albums Chart[4] 15
1989 Dutch Album Chart 76
1989 European Albums Chart[5] 31
1989 Finnish Albums Chart[6] 24
1989 German Albums Chart 30
1989 Japanese Albums Chart[7] 33
1989 Norwegian Albums Chart 16
1990 Swedish Albums Chart[8] 43
1989 UK Album Chart 13
1989 U.S. Billboard 200 9

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Canada (Music Canada)[9] 2× Platinum 200,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[10] Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[11] 2× Platinum 2,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Review: Merry, Merry Christmas - New Kids On The Block". Allmusic. Retrieved 17 July 2009. 
  2. ^ Andrews, Marc. "Review: New Kids On The Block: Merry Merry Christmas (Epic)". Smash Hits (EMAP Metro) (28 November–11 December 1990): 60. 
  3. ^ http://swisscharts.com/showitem.asp?interpret=New+Kids+On+The+Block&titel=Merry%2C+Merry+Christmas&cat=a
  4. ^ http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/rpm/028020-119.01-e.php?&file_num=nlc008388.6645&type=1&interval=20&PHPSESSID=89muc3jjikjojqso4ihp6dsi00.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  5. ^ http://books.google.ca/books?id=bSQEAAAAMBAJ&lr=&rview=1%7Ctitle=Hits of the World - Eurochart|work=Billboard|publisher=Nielsen Business Media, Inc.|date=5 January 1991
  6. ^ Pennanen, Timo (2006). Sisältää hitin - levyt ja esittäjät Suomen musiikkilistoilla vuodesta 1972 (in Finnish) (1st ed.). Helsinki: Kustannusosakeyhtiö Otava. p. 263. ISBN 978-951-1-21053-5. 
  7. ^ http://www.oricon.co.jp/prof/artist/120104/ranking/cd_album/
  8. ^ Merry, Merry Christmas on Swedish charts
  9. ^ "Canadian album certifications – New Kids on the Block – Merry, Merry Christmas". Music Canada. 
  10. ^ "British album certifications – New Kids on the Block – Merry, Merry Christmas". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter Merry, Merry Christmas in the field Search. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Click Go
  11. ^ "American album certifications – New Kids on the Block – Merry, Merry Christmas". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH