The Farr Side: Carey’s Christmas hit transcends time
Probably the last thing you want to think about now is Christmas music. I agree. But I think it’s worthy of mentioning what kind of a holiday season Mariah Carey had.
Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas Is You” topped the Billboard Hot 100 for two weeks during Christmas, and now has remained at the top for a third week, extending it into another decade. This song was released 25 years ago. It has never reached No. 1 prior to that.
It’s Carey’s biggest hit to date, and that’s saying a lot considering her track record.
“All I Want For Christmas Is You” was penned by the star for her first Christmas album, “Merry Christmas.” In fall 2019, a deluxe 25th anniversary edition of “Merry Christmas” was released to commemorate the album’s success, particularly this single.
It’s only the second time a holiday song topped the Hot 100. The first was in 1958-59 when The Chipmunks, with David Seville, did so for four weeks with “The Chipmunk Song.”
For those keeping score, this puts Carey’s total No. 1 singles at 19, which extends her record for the most among solo artists. It puts her within one of tying the record set by The Beatles.
“All I Want For Christmas Is You” continues Carey’s record run for total weeks occupying the No. 1 spot overall, to 81 weeks. The song also makes her the new record-holder for longest span between No.1s for any artist. The new mark is 29 years, four months and three weeks. She first hit No. 1 on Aug. 4, 1990, with her debut single, “Vision Of Love.”
Carey’s hits include “Vision,” “Love Takes Time,” “I’ll Be There,” “Dreamlover,” “Fantasy,” “One Sweet Day,” “Hero,” “Honey” and “We Belong Together,” just to scratch the surface. So how is it that “All I Want For Christmas Is You” is the biggest? The answer is simple: It’s a recurring favorite every year. People get caught up in the magic of the holidays and no other song puts that feeling into your heart quite like this. She was brilliant for coming up with such an iconic sound that transcends the times. The week of Christmas alone, the song was streamed 54.4 million times in the U.S.
“All I Want For Christmas Is You” has earned in upwards of $65 million in royalties over the last 25 years. That’s remarkable! Then again, we’re talking about Mariah Carey.
David T. Farr can be reached at email@example.com.