Mariah Carey’s ‘All I Want for Christmas Is You’ Finally Hit No. 1 After All Of These Dang Years
Christmas came early for Mariah Carey and the Lamb fam this year in a moment that for many will be the most surprising of the week.
While The Voice has become synonymous with the Christmas season, Carey is only now being paid her due diligence for gifting the world the now iconic 1994 carol “All I Want for Christmas Is You.” Known to almost anyone with a pulse as the ultimate song of the holiday season, Mariah Carey’s Christmas hit has officially hit the No. 1 on Hot 100.
Yes, mi gente.
Carey is so much of a queen, her 25-year-old song is still decking the halls.
The spirit of Christmas is giving us the ultimate gift this year with ‘All I Want for Christmas.”
It was announced on Monday that the modern classic finally and officially reached the Hot 100’s top 10. According to Billboard, the song also topped the Streaming Songs chart for a second week in a row. The song has also taken over the No. 1 on Digital Song Sales. The last time the song led up to the list was on December 24, 2005. Billboard states the song gained upwards of 185% to 27,000 sold last week. According to Billboard “All I Want for Christmas” is the second holiday No. 1 ever on the Hot 100. The last time a holiday song achieved this was in 1958 when The Chipmunks‘ “The Chipmunk Song” sleighed.
For Carey, “All I Want For Christmas Is You” proves to be the gift that keeps on giving.
Upon its original release, “All I Want For Christmas Is You” topped charts across the globe. Besides being a hit at home here in the United States, the song made waves in Australia, Austria, Canada, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Hungary, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Latvia, Lithuania, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, and Switzerland. At the time the song brought in 16 million copies in global sales.
In the years since its first release, Mimi’s Christmas hit has been praised and worshipped by music critics and reviewers. In 2006 write up about the song, The New Yorker described “All I Want For Christmas” as on of the “few worthy modern additions to the holiday canon.” To date, the song, which is the 12th best selling song of all time, is Carey’s biggest international success. In 2017, it was reported that the song had earned Carey $60 million in royalties.
What’s more, recently it was announced that the top charter had inspired a documentary.
Earlier this month, Amazon Music announced it would feature the song in an upcoming mini-documentary series.
The new documentary, “Mariah Carey is Christmas: The Story of “All I Want for Christmas Is You,” offers a look into the making the seminal song. The documentary is meant to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the album from which the song is from and will feature Carey herself.
Every year since 1994, the soulful chanteuse’s song “All I Want For Christmas” makes its climb to the top of Billboard charts, making its mark on local radio stations, and proving its staying power as the most deserving modern performance of the classic holiday canon.
1. “All I Want For Christmas” was part of Carey’s first holiday album.
“Merry Christmas” was the fourth studio album. The agents and studio execs behind her albums had only seen famous singers with waning careers do albums as a last-ditch effort to gain money and attention from fans. Initially, they had tried to dissuade the singer from performing the song, but Carey and her then-husband Tommy Mottola decided to do otherwise. went full Christmas.
2. The song was written in 15 minutes.
Carey co-wrote the holiday hit alongside songwriter Walter Afanasieff, who has admitted in interviews that the speed at which they wrote the song might have been the main contributor to its success. “It was an easier song to write then some of the other ones. It was very formulaic; not a lot of chord changes. I tried to make it a little more unique, putting in some special chords that you really don’t hear a lot of, which made it unique and special. I think that’s one of the components that made it unique year after year. That part of it took maybe an hour, and then I went home.”
3. Carey wasn’t originally interested in recording the album
In his autobiographical book, “Hitmaker: The Man and His Music,” Carey’s former husband and music executive Mottola wrote that when Carey first heard of his idea to do an album she said, “What are you trying to do, turn me into Connie Francis?”
4. There are no musicians playing in the song.
Embracing the digital age, Carey’s co-songwriter Afanasieff arranged the whole thing on his computer.
4. Mariah’s ex-husband made a cameo in the music video.
Tommy Mottola made a cameo as Santa Claus in the video. In it he is the one person Carey wanted for Christmas and who ultimately gave her a gift on a red sleigh.
5. It’s not the only song with that name.
Mariah Carey’s hit is a true original, but the title of the song had been used before. Just a few years before, country group Vince Vance & The Valiants’ released “All I Want For Christmas is You” in 1989.
6. They love it in Japan.
“All I Want for Christmas” was a commercial hit in a lot of countries, but the song took on a cult status in Japan. It also topped charts in Hungary, Australia, the Netherlands, Norway, and the United Kingdom.
7. The song was recorded in the summer.
The Christmas classic got its start during one of the hottest months of the year. Still, even though the song was written during the hot season, Carey was still able to get into the Christmas mood. “We had Christmas trees and lights brought into the studio to get us in the mood,” said co-songwriter Afanasieff. “There was even talk of bringing in some snow at one point, but we didn’t go with that, thank God!”
8. The song was a hit amongst goats apparently.
Back in 2010, a British goat farmer revealed that his goats produced more milk when they were played a loop of Carey’s hit.
9. It’s Carey’s greatest international success.
The song has reached global sales of over 14 million copies. It ‘s the singer’s greatest international success and the 11th best-selling single of all time.
10. The song still makes that money.
As of 2013, the song earned $50 million in royalties. And just when you thought that could be it. The song reportedly gets MORE popular every year.
11. The song got adopted into a book
The book came out in 2015.
12. The song has three music videos.
Carey directed a video in the style of a classic home movie which was filmed by her in Christmas of 1993. She then did, another one inspired by The Ronettes. There’s also a remix one that is animated and featured Lil BowWow.
13. The song has been featured multiple times.
The song was covered by the likes of Shania Twain, Demi Lovato, John Mayer, and My Chemical Romance.
14. It’s been praised as groundbreaking.
In an analysis of the song’s harmony, Adam Ragusea of Slate wrote that “despite its seeming simplicity, a relatively sophisticated piece of pop songwriting that has more in common with the Great American Songbook than it does with any of its peers on the charts in 1994.”
15. It’s the most successful Christmas song written after 1963.
The most popular Christmas songs on American radio were all written between 1934 and 1963. That is until Carey’s song came out.
16. The song is every kind of person-friendly.
Co-writer Walter Afanasieff explained that Carey “created a lyric that probably, to this day, is the only uptempo Christmas love song. I think people like this positive love song because it’s interchangeable: Anybody can sing it to anybody. It’s about everybody, and it can only mean one thing from father to child or mother to child or wife to husband. It’s just, ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You.'”
17. Justin Bieber recorded a cover of it.
In 2011, Bieber covered the song in his “Under the Mistletoe” album. Bieber had originally attempted to cut the song in a lower range but Carey proposed that they record the song together as a duet.
18. The song was featured in the 2003 hit film “Love Actually.”
In a classic cover of the film, Olivia Olsen sang the song in a school Christmas concert.
19. After Mariah Carey became the first rider on James Corden’s Carpool Karaoke, the song made an appearance.
Carey made her appearance in March 2015, and appeared on the show again to sing “All I Want For Christmas Is You,” which was slice with footage of Carpool Karaoke guests singing along as well including Lady Gaga, Elton John, and Adelle.
20. Some people have been a grinch about it.
In 2015, conservative magazine writer Andrew Ferguson of The Weekly Standard wrote”‘All I Want’ is a bit of musical misdirection, a love song swaddled in Christmas clothes (velvet miniskirt, Santa cap)… The seasonal references to reindeer and snow and Santa and Christmas trees are used as a means to convey the singer’s earthier, and less Christmassy, need for a hunk-a hunk-a burning love.”