It doesn’t matter if she doesn’t have a new track or album to release; every late November/early December, Mariah Carey returns to the Billboard Hot 100 when “All I Want For Christmas Is You” rears its beautiful head because, ’tis the season. Yet, shockingly, it’s never been No. 1 on the chart — until now.
It’s been 25 years but the song, which she co-wrote with Walter Afanasieff in 1994, has finally taken the top spot on the charts. The highest it’s ever charted was No. 3 in 2018 but that wasn’t enough for the Lambily, who made it their mission to get Mimi that coveted position. It also helped that Carey has been celebrating the heck out of the song, from her recent holiday tour in Vegas, Atlantic City and NYC’s Madison Square Garden, to being honoured with three new records. The cherry on top of all this is it gives Mariah her 19th No. 1 single overall, extending her record for the most of any other solo artist, and edging her one spot closer to taking down The Beatles, who hold the overall record of 20.
Speaking of records, Billboard pointed out what being No. 1 with “All I Want” after all this time means. Obviously it’s taken 25 years for the song to reach the top spot, marking the record longest trip to No. 1. Also, the first time the singer made a chart-topper was in 1990 with “Vision of Love,” and the last time Carey topped the Hot 100 was in 2008 with “Touch My Body.” Throw in her holiday classic this year and that gives Mariah No. 1s in the ’90s, ’00s and ’10s, yet another amazing, long-awaited feat, and she couldn’t be happier.
We did it 😭❤️🐑🎄🦋 https://t.co/Cp80uhYdI9
— Mariah Carey (@MariahCarey) December 16, 2019
In case you’re wondering how (no, really, HOW?!?!) the first true modern Christmas song has never reached No. 1 until 2019, there’s a reason for the madness. “All I Want” was the second track of Carey’s album, Merry Christmas, but Billboard reported that because it wasn’t made available as an actual single, it was ineligible for the Hot 100 charts — despite it being a massive radio hit. Those were simply the rules at the time. Also, for a while there, holiday songs weren’t eligible to chart, instead appearing on separate seasonal rankings.
In 1998, that all changed, but the song was no longer making a dent in the charts. In 2012, however, for whatever reason, the song began to pick up steam once again and, well, look at it now.
Current mood 🥳😘 pic.twitter.com/W9jVBDvedt
— Mariah Carey (@MariahCarey) December 17, 2019
Oddly enough, “All I Want” isn’t the first Christmas song to reach the top of the charts. The only other highest-charting holiday ditty was in 1958 when “The Chipmunk Song” by David Seville & The Chipmunks held the top spot for four weeks. Now, let’s see how long Mimi and the Lambily can keep it there.