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Holiday-themed singles are all over the Hot 100 songs chart this week, with many beloved classics either rising to new peaks or appearing on the listing for the first time. One such
song that makes its Hot 100 debut this frame starts just high enough that the man behind it has scored another hit decades after his death, moving up in an important all-time ranking
in the process.

Elvis Presley’s
“Blue Christmas” debuts at No. 40 on the Hot 100 this week, and while it’s surprising to see any track from the King appear on the chart for the first time ever so long
after it was initially released, the fact that it entered at No. 40 is notable and important. When a song reaches the Top 40, it is generally considered to be a "hit," if even a minor one.
No. 40 is something of a decided-upon benchmark for what makes a truly successful single, and Elvis’ career total when it comes to those successes is one of the greatest in history.

“Blue Christmas” is Presley’s eighty-first Top 40 hit in the U.S., and that sum not only stands as one of the most impressive in the chart’s decades-long tenure, it matches another
industry favorite. Elvis is now tied with rapper Lil Wayne for the second-most Top 40 hits on the Hot 100, as both have managed 81 placements inside the region. Wayne has
obviously done so in a shorter span of time, as Presley has been lifting tracks into that vital area for over half a century now.

It should be mentioned that many of Elvis’ most popular tunes appeared before the Hot 100 had been properly established, so if he had emerged and become a star just a few years
later, he would likely have the most Top 40 hits of all time.