There’s just no stopping Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You”

It’s that time of year again when “All I Want for Christmas is You” is everywhere. Last week–the week before American Thanksgiving/Black Friday and still officially outside the US Christmas shopping season–the song was spun 4,636 times on North American radio. Since its release in 1994, it’s been played over 557,000 times.

There’s no escaping it. No wonder British radio listeners have voted it the most annoying Christmas song of all time.

This week, the Guinness Book of World Records presented Carey with her third record attributable to this song. It’s the highest-charting holiday song on the US Hot 100 by a solo artist.

It also holds the record for the most-streamed song on Spotify in 24 hours (11 million streams in December 2918). And no song has been in the Top 20 on the UK Singles Top 10 Chart longer (20 weeks).

It’s a Mariah Carey Christmas. Again.

More analysis can be found here.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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