Mariah Carey has been a household name since the 90s when she took the music industry by storm with her phenomenal voice and top-tier songwriting. She had accumulated a record-breaking 18 No.1 singles throughout the course of her career… until December 2019 came along and gifted her with yet another. It only took 25 years, but “All I Want For Christmas Is You” has finally topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart for the first time ever — and just in time for the holidays!
Excited to debut my brand new music video for ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS YOU in celebration of #MC25. Tune in for the world premiere on DECEMBER 20th at 12AM ET!!! Join me for a LIVE Q&A right before at 11:30PM ET on YouTube ❄️🎅🏼🎄I can’t wait to share this moment with you all!! pic.twitter.com/ly7iuwJ8wQ
— Mariah Carey (@MariahCarey) December 17, 2019
We could write a novel about why this achievement is so impressive, but it all boils down to Mariah and her team retaining a firm understanding of the industry. An artist landing the top spot on the Hot 100 30 years into their career is practically unheard of. The fact that it happened for Mimi on the 25th anniversary of “AIWFCIY” is no mere coincidence. In fact, it’s a testament to her tenacity in being able to push the track up the charts in 2019 when attention spans are borderline nonexistent. Luckily, she had the power of social media and streaming on her side. Her annual holiday-themed shows also helped solidify Carey’s position as the official queen of Christmas.
The most curious aspect about this news is that it took a quarter of a century for the modern Christmas classic to accomplish such a feat. Casual listeners were presumably shocked that “AIWFCIY” (which Mariah wrote and produced with the aid of Walter Afanasieff) wasn’t one of Carey’s previous 18 No.1 singles. Perhaps it was too ahead of its time, but its success couldn’t have lined up any more conveniently for Mimi.
Thanks to the late bloomer that is “All I Want For Christmas”, Mariah has now logged No.1 singles in all three decades of her career. For reference, No. 18 had come courtesy of 2008’s ridiculously catchy “Touch My Body.” Of course, the diva extraordinaire isn’t stopping there. Mariah is dropping a brand new music video for the track on December 20 because she truly is the Christmas gift that keeps on giving.
Featured Image: Columbia Records