Somehow, the National Anthem of Christmas, Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas is You,” had never been a top 10 single on the Hot 100 in its 23 years of existence. That changed yesterday, when Billboard revealed that Mariah’s classic about wanting a lover (or also a dog?) for Christmas landed at No. 9 on the most recent charts.
It’s still so wild that this hadn’t happened before, but “Christmas” had some chart rules working against it. When the song first debuted in 1994, it was deemed ineligible to chart on the Hot 100 since it wasn’t commercially available as a single, but still hit No. 12 on the Radio Songs chart. (It was only available on her album Merry Christmas initially.) By 2000, Billboard softened its rules to allow album cuts on the chart, but “All I Want For Christmas Is You” only placed at No. 83 for a week for its first trip to the charts.
The game’s different now, with streaming making up a significantly larger portion of chart influence. This was also the case during the 2015-16 holiday season, when Carey peaked just a bit outside of the top 10 at No. 11. After coming so close to the milestone, Mariah damn well knew what had to be done, telling fans on Twitter to get in the Christmas spirit by streaming the hell out of “All I Want For Christmas Is You.” And it’s worked: She currently sits at No. 9 on the Spotify U.S. top 50 as well.
Billboard, apparently unable to analyze its own data or simply unaware of how to, says that this maybe, potentially could be the longest gap from recording to top 10 in chart history:
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.