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Mariah Carey Will Always Be The Queen Of Christmas And Here Are All Of The Reasons Why

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Mariah Carey has firmly held the white and red pompon crown since the debut of her 1994 Christmas album and “All I Want For Christmas Is You.” Every year, she systematically and steadily usurps Santa Claus as the most important Christmas figure.

There’s a reason her reputation has only grown stronger almost 25 years later: she goes harder at Christmas than anyone. From casual strolls around the block to annual performances of that iconic album, Carey embodies all that is Christmas.

Mariah Carey released her album “Merry Christmas” in 1994 and it is still a cultural phenomenon.

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Carey wasn’t sure if she had the musical clout to release the album so early in her career but she went for it. Everyone who celebrates Christmas is so happy that she did, tbh.

Her “Merry Christmas” album, especially the song “All I Want For Christmas Is You” always makes it back to the Billboard Top 100 charts this time of year.

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There is no surprise when you think about it. Carey has been the Christmas icon so many of us recognize and admire. Not only does her song keep coming back, she also has Christmas concerts and spends the days of December sharing her love of Christmas nonstop.

The meme community fully recognizes her royalty status.

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While Carey recently dropped a new album, “Caution,” all I’ve listened to today is “All I Want For Christmas Is You.” ‘Tis the season to see Carey all over your Twitter feed.

She’s already hanging out with The Rockettes.

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Carey made an appearance when radio station 107.9 switched over to Christmas music, debuting with the Queen of Christmas’ “All I Want for Christmas Is You” track. Of course she had to drop by to say hi. Someone mentioned Christmas.

Her Buena Noche outfit last year was legendary.

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Caption: “@MariahCarey spotted in Aspen on Christmas eve”

It’s Aspen. We’re over here in Los Angeles wearing three layers of flannel pajamas to keep warm when it drops to 50 degrees, but she is flawless.

She only takes interviews on board a Christmas sleigh, as she should.

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Okay, that’s not entirely true, but it’s how it should be. She is Christmas royalty and this seems like the most appropriate setting for a Christmas time interview with her.

Last year, she brought her kids to meet real live reindeers with Santa, of course.

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Note that Santa Claus is in the backdrop. It’s the only place he belongs when Mariah Carey is involved. La Reina is front and center.

She’s made it puro claro that the tree stays up long after Three Kings Day.

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The Queen of Christmas has spoken. That’s why my mami has a “year round Christmas tree.” She decorates it for Fourth of July, tambien.

Oh, her album is the best selling Christmas album of all time.

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When copies were a thing, it sold over 15 million copies. When ringtones were a thing, it was the best selling holiday ringtone of all time. There is no stopping the power of “All I Want For Christmas Is You.”

Because of her track record, she’s gone on to write songs for “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” (2000).

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Her musical and Christmas prowess really made the film everything that it is. Who else could pull together such amazing Christmas music for a film?

She then released a second Christmas album in 2010.

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She called it “Merry Christmas II You.” Get it? The album debuted at #1 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, making it the second ever Christmas album to top that chart.

Then she dueted “All I Want for Christmas is You” with Justin Bieber.

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She literally can’t get enough of the Christmas compilations. Wonder when the Christmas music starts playing in her head?

Carey told Jimmy Fallon that her urge to listen to Christmas music is so strong she has to create rules to moderate herself.

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“I have this rule where I try to get through Thanksgiving. I don’t like when people rush it because once I start, I don’t stop until after like almost New Year’s,” she told Fallon.

When her label first asked her to write the Christmas album, she thought it was too early in her career.

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She’s that humble. Her love of Christmas eventually took over and she decided to give it a shot. Good thing she did.

She once rejected the title, “Queen of Christmas.”

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She told People that she doesn’t “accept that name because I feel like it’s [too much].” Only a true queen would say that. Spoken like a true royal.

“All year long I just wait and I look forward to cooking and just like decorating the Christmas tree.”

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She told People that she has actually has “a few different Christmas trees, and we decorate some of them and some of them there’s a lady that helps us with that, and then there’s one that the kids and I do together with my extended family and friends.”

She even has an animated movie coming out this year called “Mariah Carey’s All I Want for Christmas Is You.”

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We cannot freakin’ wait. Want to know why? Because all I want for Christmas is Mariah Carey in all her Christmas glory.

For the last five years she’s kicked off  the holiday season in Rockefeller Centre.

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She’s not giving up that title this year. Though she’s had to cancel several holiday performances because of an ‘illness’, she’s still breathing life into all of us with three of her albums in the top charts already.

The Lambily agrees. Carey is our forever Queen of Christmas.

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I don’t care how humble you are about it, Mariah. The only photos I want to ever see of you are with your eight personal Christmas trees in the backdrop.

Fact: Santa’s reputation is gone.

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Caption: “Most people don’t know this, but this was the last time anyone saw Santa Claus publicly before Mariah Carey usurped his position, thus becoming Queen of Christmas.” Verdad.

Because we all know this to be true:

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It wouldn’t be Christmas without Mariah Carey, i.e. Mariah Carey must exist for Christmas to exist, i.e. Mariah Carey invented Christmas. That’s how math works.


READ: Let’s See If You Can Ace This Lyrics Quiz On Mariah Carey’s ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’

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This Is What We Were Dancing To In 2005 And These Songs Still Hit

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This Is What We Were Dancing To In 2005 And These Songs Still Hit

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While 2005 feels like it happened just yesterday, it’s already been nearly 15 years since these tracks first graced our FM radios. Even in 2019, we all know your party playlist ain’t mierda without a throwback track from Mariah Carey and some of the OG reggaetoneros like Daddy Yankee and Calle 13. Your 2005 playlist probably didn’t include “Beverly Hills” by Weezer or “Behind These Hazel Eyes” by Kelly Clarkson. Prepare yourself for a walk down memory lane.

These songs were our summer jams. We were just some young people trying to figure out who we were and where we were heading in this world. Most of these songs became part of our DNA with how much we played them. We were these songs. These songs were the soundtrack to a summer of young love, loss, adventure, and heartache. Sit down and take a listen.

1. “We Belong Together” by Mariah Carey

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This is the song you belt after all your early 2000s breakups. Back then, we related to Mariah when the song gets “too deep (too deep) / I gotta change the station / So I turn the dial tryin’ to catch a break.” Except we’re not hearing Babyface “I Only Think of You” on the radio anymore. 

2. “La Tortura” by Shakira

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Your abuela was threatened and offended by Shakira’s ‘hips [that] don’t lie”, but everyone else and their mother was obsessed with Shakira’s deep, sultry voice, and, yes, those hips. We also can’t get over the scenes of her chopping onions. 😂

3. “Rompe” by Daddy Yankee

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Daddy Yankee was King of the 2000s, and while Billboard wasn’t even recording year-end top songs for the Latin genre, “Rompe” remained at number one for weeks on end. There was nothing Daddy Yankee could do that didn’t make you want to move that body all over the living room.

4. “1, 2 Step” by Ciara featuring Missy Elliot

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Ladies and gentlemen, this song was the bop of the summer, no question. The music video is an actual time capsule, with scenes of bros spraying themselves with AXE, and it being sexy. We all started 1, 2 stepping everywhere we went.

5. “La Camisa Negra” by Juanes

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Remember when this song was fresh? Juanes was topping all the Latin charts in 2005, and shockingly, his music video may be the original Boomerang. There’s no question: this song is just as relevant in 2005 as it is today. Sure, he’s playing with the trope of the witchy seductress, but our kind has all kinds of brujería in us.

6. “Pon de Replay” by Rihanna

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Only second to Mariah Carey’s “We Belong Together,” Rihanna’s debut single from her very first album captured everyone’s hearts. She spoke truth to power, and what everyone else in the club was thinking: “Mr. DJ, turn the music up!”

7. “Let Me Love You” by Mario

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Who didn’t have a major crush on Mario, especially as he was smooth-talking all of us about what a loyal, loving boyfriend he would be. “Show you the way love’s supposed to be, you deserve betterrr,” he coos. Someone ought to play this when I get down to the last Taki crumbs, before I’m covered in spicy dust.

8. “Atrévete te te” by Calle 13

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Calle 13 may have won 21 Latin Grammy awards since their first 2005 album, which included”Atrévete-te-te”, but the group could have won zero and would still have Boricua hearts. The group is also famous for advocating for Puerto Rican independence and commenting on the social issues in Latin America. With the rise of the Internet, Calle 13 asks, “Who cares if you like Green Day? Who cares if you like Cold Play?” The song is all about Puerto Rican pride and we felt that.

9. “Hollaback Girl” by Gwen Stefani

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This absolutely B-A-N-A-N-A-S song was only the third single Stefani ever released and reached No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 that summer. There was no choice in whether that song would get stuck in your head. Everyone knew the song by mid-summer.

10. “Lose Control” by Missy Elliot featuring Ciara & Fat Man Scoop

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The music video for this summer jam went on to win a two MTV VMA awards for “Best Dance Video” and “Best Hip Hop Video” and a Grammy for “Best Music Video.” It is a must-watch, especially for the close-up shots of Missy Elliot using a very advanced stylus pen on her Nokia touch screen. 

11. “Gold Digger” by Kanye West featuring Jamie Foxx

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Remember when nobody knew who the Kardashians were, and we were all just enjoying Kanye West’s peak artistry? Kanye originally produced this song in Ludacris’ home for Shawnna’s debut album, but nobody knows why she passed on it. Kanye eventually went on to win a Grammy for “Best Rap Solo Performance.”

READ: Fans Are Freaking Out Over Mariah Carey Graciously Honoring Lil Nas X For Beating Her Billboard Record

Fans Are Freaking Out Over Mariah Carey Graciously Honoring Lil Nas X For Beating Her Billboard Record

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Fans Are Freaking Out Over Mariah Carey Graciously Honoring Lil Nas X For Beating Her Billboard Record

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Everyone and their mother has come to know who Lil Nas X is through their favorite country channel or literally anywhere on social media. Lil Nas X’s country hit “Old Country Road” is meaningful for a number of reasons. It means that the King of Country is a black man. When he came out as gay on World Pride Day, it broke another barrier in country music–proving its fans aren’t as backward as the stereotype suggests.

This week, Lil Nas X just broke another seemingly unbeatable record: “Old Country Road” officially dethroned Mariah Carey’s 1995 classic “One Sweet Day” as the longest No. 1 record on Billboard’s Top 100 chart. While Mariah Carey’s Boyz II Men’s “One Sweet Day” was settled into the number one spot for 16 weeks in 1995, “Old Country Road” just hit 17 weeks. 

Mariah Carey, being the classic queen that she is, photoshopped this metaphorical “passing of the torch” to congratulate Lil Nas X.

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In a heartfelt social media post, Carey penned to Lil Nas X directly, “Sending love & congrats to @lilnasx on breaking one of the longest running records in music history! We’ve been blessed to hold this record with a song that means a great deal to @BoyzIIMen and myself and has touched so many. Keep living your best life! One Sweet Day will always hold a special place in my heart and I want to thank anyone who’s ever told me how this song has affected them and their loved ones.”

She also shared a BTS video of the recording of “One Sweet Day” and fans are paying their own tributes to the classic.

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You’d be hard-pressed to find any of her lambs talking shade on Lil Nas X. One fan commented, “queens supporting queens. we stan.” Others are trying to support Mariah by saying she still holds the record for female artist with the longest No. 1 record on Billboard’s Top 100 chart.

The Lambs 4 Life club is taking this moment to add Mariah’s music to their gratitude list.

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One fan even attributes the song to saving her life, tweeting that “one sweet day saved me when I lost the most important people in my life back in 2012, I was going to end it all but I heard it on the radio and I felt like it was my message to keep on living  and that’s what I did, it will always hold a special place in my heart so thank you mc.”

Another fan shared the heartbreaking meaning “One Sweet Day” will always hold in his family’s hearts: “My younger cousin was four when he passed away and One Sweet Day was first released. His mother still plays it to this day to commemorate his memory at every major gathering. Thank you and Boyz II Men for giving us this wonderful song, it will always mean so much to our family.”

Meanwhile, others are remembering what it was like to listen to that song on cassette.

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Some think that the song will never truly be dethroned because of the way streaming services are able to account for how many times a song is played. You can’t count how many times a cassette tape was played. One fan said, “I promise I’m not hating, but Mariah achieved this without social media, hype, clout, etc., so the record will never be broken in my eyes. These artists today have way more avenues and tactics to get their music out there and heard.”

Some fans are just not letting go of that torch.

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They’re all-caps shouting, “TAKE IT BACK” at the singer and “a timeless song by a timeless angel, it’ll always be the longest-running number one in my heart.”

One fan felt like the thread was a memorial for the song and just had to say it, “You act like the song Died.. It Didn’t.. The World has changed.. just think if you had tools like Social Media.. Pandora.. YouTube Twitter Back Then..”

The rest of the lambs are rooting for beating that record all over again with the 25th anniversary of “All I Want For Christmas Is You.”

Plus, take it from this fan who is transcending the meaning of competition with this thought: “One Sweet Day will always hold a special place in everyone’s heart. Time changes and so is the taste of listeners, however the inspiration and hope that it brought to the world will never be surpassed by anything and will not be define by a number. #OneSweetDay”

Felicidades to Lil Nas X and to Mariah Carey for being timeless.

READ: Mariah Carey Hinted That She Is Open To Collaborating With Lil Nas X And People Are Freaking Out