Dec 23 2017

'All I Want for Christmas Is You' Hits New Peak at Hot 100!

Mariah Carey's 'All I Want for Christmas Is You' Hits Hot 100's Top 10 for First Time

Mariah Carey's "All I Want for Christmas Is You" hits the Billboard Hot 100's top 10 at last, jingling from No. 11 (its prior peak) to No. 9 on the chart dated Dec. 30. The modern yuletide classic reaches the top 10 for the first time 23 years after its 1994 release.


Streams, Sales & Plays: First, the numbers that result in "Christmas" (on Columbia/Legacy Records and co-written and co-produced by Carey and Walter Afanasieff) hitting the Hot 100's top 10. The song gains by 4 percent to 25.2 million U.S. streams in the week ending Dec. 14, according to Nielsen Music; dips 8 percent to 19,000 downloads sold in the same tracking span; and lifts 28 percent to 34 million in airplay audience in the week ending Dec. 17. Those totals place "Christmas" at No. 7 on the Streaming Songs chart, No. 13 on Digital Song Sales and No. 36 on Radio Songs.

Notably, streaming is the most prominent driver of the song, accounting for 70 percent of its chart points this week.

Carey's 28th Top 10: Carey collects her 28th Hot 100 top 10. "Christmas" is her first since "Obsessed" reached No. 7 in 2009. She tallied 19 top 10s in the 1990s and eight in the 2000s. (Of those, 18 hit No. 1, the most among soloists; only The Beatles have more, with 20.)

Carey ties Stevie Wonder for the fifth-most Hot 100 top 10s in the chart's history (which dates to its Aug. 4, 1958, inception):

Top 10s in the '90s, '00s & '10s:
Carey joins an elite list of acts with Hot 100 top 10s in the '90s, '00s & '10s. Its previously-inducted members: Christina Aguilera, Dr. Dre, Whitney Houston, Enrique Iglesias, Michael Jackson, JAY-Z, Jennifer Lopez, Madonna, Snoop Dogg, Britney Spears and Usher. Two of those acts boast streaks dating even further back than the '90s: Jackson ('70s-'10s) and Madonna ('80s-'10s).

'Christmas' in the Top 10:
Perhaps surprisingly, Carey charts one of the few holiday top 10s in the Hot 100's history. "The Chipmunk Song" by The Chipmunks with David Seville led for four weeks beginning Dec. 22, 1958; Dan Fogelberg's "Same Old Lang Syne" reached No. 9 in February 1981 (after debuting in December 1980); and New Kids on the Block's "This One's for the Children" rose to No. 7 in the 1989-90 holiday season.

No other such song reached the top 10 until Kenny G's "Auld Lang Syne" (No. 7, Jan. 8, 2000). Between that New Year's Eve anthem and Carey's "Christmas," Justin Bieber came closest to the top 10 with "Mistletoe," which hit No. 11 (Jan. 5, 2011).

Carey's hit is, thus, the first Hot 100 top 10 with the word "Christmas" in its title.

Upon its initial release, on Carey's album Merry Christmas (released on Nov. 1, 1994; coincidentally, that marked the 100th anniversary of the first Billboard magazine, dated Nov. 1, 1894), the song was not a commercially available single and, per rules at the time, was ineligible to chart on the Hot 100; it did reach No. 12 on the Radio Songs chart that season. In December 1998, album cuts became eligible for the Hot 100 and "Christmas" dented the chart for the first time on Jan. 8, 2000, spending a week at No. 83.

Beginning in 2012, and coinciding with the addition of streaming to the Hot 100's formula, the song has hit the Hot 100 annually, as, per current rules, older songs are eligible to debut or return if ranking in the top 50 and are gaining in multiple metrics with a significant reason for their resurgences. In the 2015-16 holiday season, "Christmas" hit a prior No. 11 Hot 100 high, which it matched last week before hitting the top 10 at last this week. Again, with streaming contributing 70 percent of the song's Hot 100 chart points this week, the metric has clearly helped the track reach the top 10 at last.

Meanwhile, "Christmas" is believed to be the first song to have taken as many as 23 years from its recording to reach the Hot 100's top 10.

An Even Merrier 'Christmas':
That two-decade-plus journey to the Hot 100's top 10 for Carey's "Christmas" has been aided by various offshoots of the song in recent years, including this year. The animated movie All I Want for Christmas Is You was released Nov. 14, four days after the arrival of its soundtrack, which includes the title song. The movie is based on a 2015 children's book of the same name, inspired by the song.

A year earlier, in December 2014, Carey's All I Want for Christmas Is You, a Night of Joy and Festivity, an annual residency at New York's Beacon Theatre, began and she's continued it each holiday season since; this year, the show expanded to include dates in Paris; Manchester, England; and Las Vegas. Even before this decade, "Christmas" benefited from adult contemporary radio's expansion to 24/7 yuletide music on many stations throughout the holiday season, a strategy that began around the early 2000s.

Holiday 100 Chart Queen:
Beyond its new Hot 100 honor, Carey's "Christmas" crowns the Holiday 100 chart, which ranks seasonal songs of all eras (using the same measurement metrics as the Hot 100), for a 29th week. No other song has led for more than two frames since the list's 2011 launch.


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