Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You” Returns to No. 1 on Billboard Hot 100

Mariah Carey is bringing Christmas back to the summit…

The 54-year-old half-Venezuelan Grammy-winning songstress’ “All I Want for Christmas Is You” has returned to the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100, as it adds a 13th total week at the chart’s summit.

Mariah CareyThe contemporary carol reigns in a record-extending fifth holiday season. It was originally released on Carey’s album Merry Christmas in November 1994 and, as streaming has grown and holiday music has become more prominent on streaming services’ playlists, it hit the Hot 100’s top 10 for the first time in December 2017 and the top five for the first time in the 2018 holiday season. It led at last, prior to this week, over the holidays in 2019 (for three weeks), 2020 (two), 2021 (three) and 2022 (four).

“When I wrote [it], I had absolutely no idea the impact the song would eventually have worldwide,” Carey marveled of the inescapable track in 2021. “I’m so full of gratitude that so many people enjoy it with me every year.”

The insta-classic holiday track drew 42.2 million streams (up 10%, boosted by the December 8 premiere of its “Festive Lambs Edition” video, which features the song’s original audio) and 26.1 million radio airplay audience impressions (up 8%) and sold 8,000 downloads (up 68%, aided by the iTunes Store’s 69-cent sale-pricing, for multiple holiday titles) in the U.S. December 8-14, according to Luminate.

Now up to 13 weeks, Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas is You” extends its mark as the holiday song with the most time tallied atop the Hot 100, among three such No. 1s. “The Chipmunk Song,” by The Chipmunks with David Seville, spent four weeks on top beginning in December 1958, followed by Brenda Lee’s two weeks on top with “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree.”

Thanks to Carey’s and Lee’s No. 1s, two holiday songs have led the Hot 100 in the same holiday season for the first time.

Carey’s track is the first song to top the Hot 100 in five distinct runs on the chart, its latest coronation following its commands in the 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022 holiday seasons. (Just one other song has led in each of even two stays: Chubby Checker’s “The Twist,” in 1960 and 1962.)

Plus, the song makes its record-breaking sixth nonconsecutive ascent to No. 1 on the Hot 100, having previously led for three straight weeks in the 2019 holiday season; two nonconsecutive weeks over the 2020 holidays; three weeks in a row during the 2021 holidays; and four straight weeks last season. With its sixth distinct rise to No. 1, it surpasses Morgan Wallen’s “Last Night” and Harry Styles’As It Was,” both of which made five separate climbs to the top, this year and in 2022, respectively.

Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas is You” rules the Hot 100 in its 63rd week on the chart. It ties Glass Animals’ “Heat Waves” for the latest, by total chart weeks, that a song has led the list. The latter completed a record 59-week trip to No. 1 in March 2022 and reigned for five consecutive weeks, through its 63rd frame; it went on to log a record 91 weeks on the chart.

Carey ties Boyz II Men as the only artists with three songs that have topped the Hot 100 for 13 or more weeks each. Notably, Carey and the group teamed for one smash that contributes to the feat: “One Sweet Day.”

Mariah Carey:
16 weeks, “One Sweet Day,” with Boyz II Men, 1995-96
14 weeks, “We Belong Together,” 2005
13 weeks (to-date), “All I Want for Christmas Is You,” 2019-23 

Boyz II Men:
16 weeks, “One Sweet Day,” with Carey, 1995-96
14 weeks, “I’ll Make Love to You,” 1994
13 weeks, “End of the Road,” 1992

With “All I Want for Christmas Is You,” Carey adds her record-extending 92nd week at No. 1 on the Hot 100, dating to the chart’s Aug. 4, 1958, inception.

Most Weeks at No. 1 on Hot 100:
92, Mariah Carey
60, Rihanna
59, The Beatles
56, Drake
50, Boyz II Men
47, Usher
43, Beyoncé
37, Michael Jackson
34, Adele
34, Elton John
34, Bruno Mars
34, Taylor Swift

The Hot 100 blends all-genre U.S. streaming (official audio and official video), radio airplay and sales data, the lattermost metric reflecting purchases of physical singles and digital tracks from full-service digital music retailers; digital singles sales from direct-to-consumer (D2C) sites are excluded from chart calculations.

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