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Mariah Carey's "All I Want For Christmas" Breaks Streaming Record
If there was any doubt that Mariah Carey is the queen of modern Christmas songs, a streaming record broken by "All I Want For Christmas Is You" leaves no doubt.
The popular Christmas song, created in 1994, that comes back every holiday season broke Spotify's one-day streaming record with over 10.8 million streams ramping up the Christmas cheer on Dec. 24.
Wait... What?! https://t.co/C2zw3hGQeK
— Mariah Carey (@MariahCarey) December 25, 2018
The all-time record on the leading streaming platform was previously held by late rapper XXXTentacion whose song "SAD!" reached 10.4 million streams on June 19, a day after his death.
"All I Want For Christmas Is You" has become the big hit of the GRAMMY winner's Merry Christmas album, and as of 2017 has earned $60 million in streaming royalties, according to Rolling Stone.
"It’s kind of amazing to me because I wrote it just out of love for Christmas and like really loving Christmas music," Carey said in 2015 of the song's success.
Co-producer and co-writer Walter Afanasieff told Billboard in 2014 that he did not at all expect the song's success when the album came out.
"[Twenty] years ago, Christmas music and Christmas albums by artists weren’t the big deal that they are today," he said. "To think of it as a single that’s going to No. 1, that’s going to drive an album…we didn’t have an inkling of that. That’s not what the time was. That’s what made it such a modern phenomenon: Because it’s not like 'White Christmas' or 'Jingle Bells' – the song doesn’t have any of those traditional elements, but it became a huge pop hit."
Carey's Christmas album also holds other popular songs including her version "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)," which reached No. 3 on the Billboard 200.