“All I Want for Christmas Is You” – Mariah Carey
This is right up my alley: a holiday music classic that just made chart history.
Twenty-five years after its release, “All I Want for Christmas Is You” is currently the #1 song in the country.
Because of weird chart rules, it did not officially qualify as a charting single for years and years. But as those rules have been relaxed in the streaming age, “AIWFCIY” has consistently charted in recent years, peaking as high as #3. Last week, it finally hit #1.
For starters, that is the longest gap between a song’s release and it hitting the top spot.
It is also Mariah’s 19th #1 single, putting her one behind the Beatles record of 20 #1’s.
And it is only the second Christmas song to ever top the charts. The first? “The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don’t Be Late)” back in 1958.
A historic week for a highly deserving song. It’s not the modern Christmas song that I love the most, but it is one of the very best of both my lifetime and the history of Christmas songs.