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Many people ask themselves: Can you imagine the Christmas season without the quintessential song of Mariah Caray, “All I Want Christmas Is You?, for them it is impossible. Walking into any store in winter you can hear it at least once.
The famous song, which is synonymous with Christmas cheer, has pierced hearts since its release in 1994. But behind this success there is a lot of history and fun facts that accompany it.
It is the first song to be a hit in four separate decades.
This song has played every Christmas season since it was released 28 years ago.
This means that 2020 marked the fourth consecutive decade in which this song was a number one hit.
In 2019, it reached the Billboard Hot 100 list.
Despite the song being No. 1 on the Holiday 100 chart in 2019 for 38 consecutive weeks, “All I Want for Christmas Is You” took No. 1 on the Hot 100 for the first time, 25 years later. .
For the singer, this was number 19 on the Hot 100, only surpassed by The Beatles.
Thanks to this song, Mariah has won three Guinness World Records
The artist thanks to “All I Want for Christmas Is You” has won the awards: Holiday song (Christmas / New Year) highest ranked on the Billboard US Hot 100 by a solo artist, the most played song on Spotify in 24 hours and most weeks in the UK Singles Top 10 chart for a Christmas song.
Twice he held the record for the most played song on Spotify
With 10.82 million views in 24 hours, on Christmas Day 2018, the song broke the record, but was surpassed a few months later by “I Don’t Care” by Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber.
However, at Christmas 2019 it was once again the most listened to song with 12 million views.
There is an animated movie inspired by the song and starring Mariah
In 2017, they released a Christmas movie based on the song “I Want for Christmas Is You”, which stars the artist herself and is about a girl with a Christmas wish to have a puppy.
Initially, Mariah was going to perform a version of another Christmas song
In an Amazon Music mini-documentary about the song, the record label originally thought the album would only have covers of other Christmas songs, but luckily, the artist was truly inspired by the holiday spirit and wrote her own hit.
Mariah co-wrote the whole thing in 15 minutes
She co-wrote the hit Christmas song with veteran songwriter Walter Afanasieff, who says the speed with which it was written is the secret to the song’s success. “Definitely not Swan Lake,” she said.