'We did it': Mariah Carey's 'All I Want For Christmas is You' hits No. 1 for first time
Mariah Carey's "All I Want For Christmas is You" reached the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s Hot 100 for the first time, 25 years after its release.
It’s only the second Christmas song to ever reach the top spot, joining The Chipmunks' "The Chipmunk Song" (with David Seville), which ruled for four weeks in 1958-59, according to Billboard.
Carey tweeted "We did it" in response to the news.
Carey’s ubiquitous holiday song has been a cultural favorite for years, but has only risen to chart success over the last several. It first entered the Top 10 songs in 2017 and reached its previous high of No. 3 last year.
This is Carey’s 19th No. 1 song on the Hot 100, extending her record for the most among soloists, according to Billboard. She’s now within one of The Beatles' overall-record of 20. The news will be reflected on the chart dated Dec. 21, which goes live Dec. 17.
Carey has been celebrating the song's 25th anniversary.
In “Mariah Carey is Christmas: The Story of ‘All I Want for Christmas Is You’”, a new mini-doc from Amazon Music, Carey looks back at the making of her modern classic. She reminisces about having “It’s a Wonderful Life” playing in background as she wrote the song, and how her favorite line in the song is “I won’t even wish for snow” because “I always wish for snow,” she says.
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"(It's) a genius piece of music, especially from an arrangement standpoint," says entertainment journalist Annie Zaleski, who wrote about the song's lasting appeal for the AV Club. "The slow tempo in the beginning creates drama and suspense, especially when paired with the festive percussion, church bells and Mariah's precise, drawn-out singing. Then when the song picks up speed, it continually layers on catchy musical elements – the backing harmonies, sleigh bells and jaunty piano – so there's always something different to latch onto via repeated listens."
Contributing: Patrick Ryan