Mariah Carey's 'All I Want for Christmas Is You' Enters the Billboard Hot 100 Top 10 for the FIRST Time |

Mariah Carey’s ‘All I Want for Christmas Is You’ Enters the Billboard Hot 100 Top 10 for the FIRST Time

For the first time since its release 23 years ago, Mariah Carey’s 1994 hit “All I Want for Christmas Is You” has entered Billboard Hot 100’s top 10 — currently at No 9.

via Billboard:

Streams, Sales & Plays: First, the numbers that result in “Christmas” (on Columbia/Legacy Records and co-written and co-produced by Carey and Walter Afanasieff) hitting the Hot 100’s top 10. The song gains by 4 percent to 25.2 million U.S. streams in the week ending Dec. 14, according to Nielsen Music; dips 8 percent to 19,000 downloads sold in the same tracking span; and lifts 28 percent to 34 million in airplay audience in the week ending Dec. 17. Those totals place “Christmas” at No. 7 on the Streaming Songs chart, No. 13 on Digital Song Salesand No. 36 on Radio Songs.

Notably, streaming is the most prominent driver of the song, accounting for 70 percent of its chart points this week.

Carey’s 28th Top 10: Carey collects her 28th Hot 100 top 10. “Christmas” is her first since “Obsessed” reached No. 7 in 2009. She tallied 19 top 10s in the 1990s and eight in the 2000s. (Of those, 18 hit No. 1, the most among soloists; only The Beatles have more, with 20.)

‘Christmas’ in the Top 10: Perhaps surprisingly, Carey charts one of the few holiday top 10s in the Hot 100’s history. “The Chipmunk Song” by The Chipmunks with David Seville led for four weeks beginning Dec. 22, 1958; Dan Fogelberg’s “Same Old Lang Syne” reached No. 9 in February 1981 (after debuting in December 1980); and New Kids on the Block’s “This One’s for the Children” rose to No. 7 in the 1989-90 holiday season.

No other such song reached the top 10 until Kenny G’s “Auld Lang Syne” (No. 7, Jan. 8, 2000). Between that New Year’s Eve anthem and Carey’s “Christmas,” Justin Bieber came closest to the top 10 with “Mistletoe,” which hit No. 11 (Jan. 5, 2011).

Carey’s hit is, thus, the first Hot 100 top 10 with the word “Christmas” in its title.


For more on how this Christmas classic has managed to stay relevant on the charts for SO long, click here.

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