Merry, Merry Christmas

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Merry, Merry Christmas
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Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 19, 1989
Recorded1988–1989
GenrePop, holiday
Length42:17
LabelColumbia
ProducerMaurice Starr
New Kids on the Block chronology
Hangin' Tough
(1988)
Merry, Merry Christmas
(1989)
Step by Step
(1990)
Singles from Merry, Merry Christmas
  1. "This One's for the Children"
    Released: October 12, 1989
  2. "Funky, Funky Xmas"
    Released: December 20, 1989
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic3/5 stars[1]
Smash Hits(8/10)[2]

Merry, Merry Christmas is the third studio 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 one, featuring seasonal songs, both cover versions and original material. Released at a time when the band was peaking, it went double platinum and spawned the top ten single, "This One's for the Children". On October 14, 2008 it was released to iTunes.

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Lead vocalsLength
1."This One's for the Children"Maurice StarrJordan Knight, Donnie Wahlberg3:58
2."Last Night I Saw Santa Claus"Al Lancellotti, StarrDonnie Wahlberg3:31
3."I'll Be Missin You Come Christmas (A Letter to Santa)"Kenny Nolan, StarrDonnie Wahlberg, Joe McIntyre, Jordan Knight5:06
4."I Still Believe In Santa Claus"Al Lancellotti, StarrDanny Wood, Joe McIntyre3:24
5."Merry, Merry Christmas"Al Lancellotti, StarrJordan Knight4:08
6."The Christmas Song"Mel Tormé, Robert WellsJordan Knight4:18
7."Funky, Funky Xmas"Donnie Wahlberg, StarrDanny Wood, Donnie Wahlberg, Joe McIntyre, Jordan Knight5:06
8."White Christmas"Irving BerlinJonathan Knight3:40
9."The Little Drummer Boy"Harry Simeone, Henry Onorati, Katherine K. DavisDanny Wood4:14
10."This One's for the Children" (reprise)StarrJordan Knight, Donnie Wahlberg1:12
Total length:36:58

Charts and certifications[edit]

Certifications and sales[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Canada (Music Canada)[15] 2× Platinum 200,000^
Finland (Musiikkituottajat)[16] Gold 28,609[16]
United Kingdom (BPI)[17] Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[18] 2× Platinum 2,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments 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. ^ "Australiancharts.com – New Kids on the Block – Merry, Merry Christmas". Hung Medien. Retrieved March 6, 2016.
  4. ^ "Austriancharts.at – New Kids on the Block – Merry, Merry Christmas" (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved March 6, 2016.
  5. ^ "Top Albums/CDs - Volume 51, No. 6, December 09 1989". Archived from the original on December 31, 2013. Retrieved 2013-12-30.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link). Collectionscanada.gc.ca.
  6. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – New Kids on the Block – Merry, Merry Christmas" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved March 6, 2016.
  7. ^ 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.
  8. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – New Kids on the Block – Merry, Merry Christmas" (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved March 6, 2016.
  9. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – New Kids on the Block – Merry, Merry Christmas". Hung Medien. Retrieved March 6, 2016.
  10. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – New Kids on the Block – Merry, Merry Christmas". Hung Medien. Retrieved March 6, 2016.
  11. ^ "New Kids on the Block | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart. Retrieved March 6, 2016.
  12. ^ "New Kids on the Block Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved March 6, 2016.
  13. ^ Top Albums/CDs - Volume 51, No. 8, December 23 1989 Archived 2013-12-31 at the Wayback Machine RPM. Retrieved March 13, 2016.
  14. ^ "Year-end Charts – Billboard 200 – 1990". Billboard. Retrieved April 28, 2014.
  15. ^ "Canadian album certifications – New Kids on the Block – Merry, Merry Christmas". Music Canada.
  16. ^ a b "New Kids on the Block" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland.
  17. ^ "British album certifications – New Kids on the Block – Merry, Merry Christmas". British Phonographic Industry. Select albums in the Format field. Select Gold in the Certification field. Type Merry, Merry Christmas in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  18. ^ "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.