How Mariah Carey’s ‘All I Want for Christmas Is You’ Finally Hit No. 1
The QUEEN of Christmas and muva of ALL high notes is here to collect her THINGS!
That's right twenty five years after it's original release, Mariah's Holiday classic 'All I Want For Christmas is You" has finally hit No.1 on the Billboard charts thanks to a little Christmas magic, modern day streaming, and flat out good taste in music.
Get the FULL scoop on how it happened below from the folks over at The New York Times:
For Mariah Carey, this year’s Christmas season started promptly on Halloween night, just as the clock struck 12 a.m. and the calendar rolled over into November.
In a charmingly lo-fi skit posted to the singer’s social media channels, Carey falls asleep at 11:59 p.m. in her costume (a hair-metal rock star) before being awakened at midnight (now wearing wintry pajamas) by a call from Santa.
“It’s tiiiiiiiime,” Carey declares with a whistling scream.
So began the most spirited edition yet of the singer’s now-annual campaign to push “All I Want for Christmas Is You,” her 25-year-old seasonal hit, to the next level — again. On Monday, that mission was accomplished as the song reached an unprecedented industry pinnacle, hitting No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for the first time, becoming both the song that took the longest to do so and the first Christmas track to take the top spot since “The Chipmunk Song” 60 years ago.
Carey, in an interview, demurred on the importance of hitting No. 1. “It’s something my die-hard fans think about, and people that are really close to me are talking to me about it literally all year,” she said. “But I don’t need something else to validate the existence of this song. I used to pick it apart whenever I listened to it, but at this point, I feel like I’m finally able to enjoy it.”
“I just truly love the holidays,” she added. “I know it’s corny, and I don’t care.”
Still, a commercial juggernaut of this size requires a plan. As one of three Carey originals on her 1994 album “Merry Christmas,” which also included takes on “Silent Night” and “Joy to the World,” “All I Want for Christmas” has become a cottage industry unto itself for the singer, who, in recognizing its everlastingness, has spent years building an extended universe around the track.
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