It’s one of the most popular Christmas songs in the American songbook and arguably the last one to really enter into the canon of classic holiday tunes, but the crowning achievement of topping the Billboard Hot 100 has eluded the hit since it debuted in 1994. Yes, Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas Is You” has become a sensation without ever snagging that true mark of a sensation: a No. 1 spot.
Until now. On Monday, a journey 25 years in the making reached its conclusion when “All I Want for Christmas Is You” ascended to the very top of the Billboard chart, the first Christmas song to do so since “The Chipmunk Song” in 1958.
The song has never been in this spot before, but Mariah, of course, has. In fact, this is her 19th No. 1 hit — the most for any soloist. This also puts her just one away from tying the Beatles’ all-time record of twenty number one hit songs. She’s been on the charts for longer than any other artist, having spent a total of eighty weeks at number one. Rihanna is in a distant second at 60 weeks.
But hey, records for another, more cynical time. Today is a day to celebrate a Christmas miracle. Take it away, Mariah!