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Mariah Carey's "All I Want For Christmas Is You" Nabs First Top 10 Spot
With the holidays fast approaching, and people everywhere sinking deeper into the nostalgic embrace of the spirit of the season, some funny things can start to happen to the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
The annual resurgence in popularity of classic holiday tunes is always to be expected, so it should come as no surprise when, say, Vince Guaraldi's soundtrack to A Charlie Brown Christmas pops back in the Top 40 of the Billboard 200 for the third year running. Even more so is the perennial holiday mainstay that is Mariah Carey's famous 1994 rendition of "All I Want For Christmas Is You," which in recent years has become almost as ubiquitous as Jackson 5's "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town."
In fact, Carey's sultry Christmas earworm has gotten so popular that listeners around the country lost in the annual grips of seasonal streaming syndrome have just propelled the track into the Top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 for the first time ever. The hit hopscotched its previous peak rank of No. 11 to land at No. 9. Plus, according to Billboard, "All I Want For Christmas Is You" was streamed more than 25 million times last week in the U.S. alone.
Impressive though it may be for the song to be making its first trip to the Top 10, Carey's Christmas is one of only five holiday songs to rank in the Top 10 in the history of the chart. Granted, there were two time periods, 1963—1972 and 1983—1985, during which holiday songs were not technically eligible for consideration on the Hot 100 and were instead ranked on a dedicated Holiday Songs chart. But even taking that into consideration, Carey's "All I Want …" still has the distinction of being the only song in the history of the Billboard Hot 100 to chart Top 10 with the word "Christmas" in its title.