Twenty-five years after launching her Christmas classic, Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas is You” has finally made it to the top of US music charts.
“We did it,” emotional Mariah said in a tweet on Monday.
Many on social media questioned why the hit song had not jingled its way to the top before.
But to clarify it, Mariah released the song in 1994 as part of her album “Merry Christmas” and Billboard’s rules during that time did not let it compete on the Hot 100 chart since it was not commercially available as a single.
This, however, changed in December 1998, when cuts off an album were welcomed to the US top songs list, making Mariah’s song onto the chart for the first time on January 8, 2000.
In 2003, “All I Want for Christmas is You” gained popularity when it was featured in the hit film “Love Actually.”
And for its silver anniversary, Mariah promoted it even harder. In fact, she produced a news video for it and released it as a stand-alone CD single.
Billboard stated that the song reached 45 million streams, 34 million radio plays and 27,000 digital sales only in the past week.
This is currently Mariah’s 19th top one hit in the Hot 100. That also means that she beat the record she already held as the most chart-topping solo artist, placing her one song behind The Beatles who had 20 songs.
In an interview with New York Times interview, Mariah said:
“[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 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,” she added.
“I just truly love the holidays. I know it’s corny, and I don’t care.”