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Mariah Carey's Christmas Classic Reigns Billboard Again

Mariah Carey at Christmastime


Mariah Carey's holiday masterpiece, "All I Want for Christmas Is You," has once again ascended to the pinnacle of the Billboard Hot 100, marking its impressive fifth consecutive holiday season at the top. The song, a perennial favorite, first broke into the top 10 in 2017 and has consistently claimed the number one spot every year from 2019 through 2022. This year's surge in popularity can be attributed to the December 8 release of the song's new “Festive Lambs Edition” video and a strategic 69-cent holiday pricing on iTunes.


In total, Carey's 1994 hit has spent an extraordinary 13 weeks at the summit of the chart, setting a record for a holiday song. This achievement surpasses other festive hits like “The Chipmunk Song” and “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree,” which have also reached number one, but for shorter durations.


Billboard also highlights a unique milestone for the song: it is the first track to top the Hot 100 and then return to the peak position six additional nonconsecutive times, surpassing the records held by Harry Styles' “As It Was” and Morgan Wallen's “Last Night.”


The financial success of this holiday anthem is equally notable. In 2022 alone, "All I Want for Christmas Is You" generated a staggering $8.5 million globally. This figure includes $3.2 million in publishing royalties. Although Mariah Carey shares the profits with her record label and co-writer Walter Afanasieff, who receives half the publishing royalties, Billboard estimates her annual earnings from the song alone exceed $2 million. This estimate does not even account for income from covers or TV special licensing.


Mariah Carey's Christmas classic continues to be a cultural and financial powerhouse, illustrating the enduring charm and profitability of holiday music in the modern era.

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