Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas” hits No. 1 after 25 years

Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas” hits No. 1 after 25 years

Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas” jingled its way to the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 music charts Monday. After a 25-year-long summit, the hit’s rise to the top marks the longest journey for a song to reach No. 1 and the first holiday single to snag the designation since “The Chipmunk Song” in the late 1950s.

Debuted in 1994, the holiday classic has long-filled the air during the season, though a recent spike in streaming and digital sales have certainly helped to push the song up in rank. At the end of last week, the song reached 45.6 million U.S. streams (up 30% from last year), while digital sales totaled 27,000 sold the week ending on Dec. 12 alone.

The accomplishment represents Carey’s 19th No. 1, bringing her closer to beating the Beatles’s record of 20 and further establishing her as the most decorated soloist on the chart. The song is also Carey’s first No. 1 since 2008’s “Touch My Body.”

The ode to joy was ushered in this season by a cheeky campaign of teaser videos done by Carey herself. Additionally, the singer will also be releasing a new music video for “All I Want for Christmas,” which is set to debut on Dec. 20 at 12 a.m. after a live Q&A on YouTube at 11:30 p.m.

But just because the song has finally hit No. 1 doesn’t mean that all is won. If the song can remain in the top slot through Jan. 4, Carey will become the first artist to have a single on the Hot 100 in four separate decades.

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Top Image: Still from Mariah Carey's "All I Want for Christmas Is You" tour announcement.