The holiday season and Mariah Carey have become one in the same for more than two decades now. The release of her monumental Christmas albums, “Merry Christmas” (1994) and “Merry Christmas II You” (2010), have made her the top selling Christmas artist annually. While her albums see a rise in the holiday time, there’s no storm or monster quite like that of her hit single, “All I Want for Christmas Is You”.
The single has been covered by several artists over the years, but no version is a constant fixture into our culture like the original churn of Mariah’s herself. The single has been featured in films and lead to Carey writing her first children’s book as a result of its success. This has extended into Carey’s annual Christmas tour named after the record and continued success annually on every chart possible. The record is a heavy streaming, airplay, and digital favorite.
The continued growing success of the single every year has garnered it many achievements, including it becoming one of the biggest selling singles of all time. And this past week, the single now adds three more achievements. While performing at one of her recent annual holiday shows, Carey was greeted by a representative from the Guiness Book of World Records. She was presented with a plaque for three separate accomplishments: highest charting holiday song of all time by a solo artist, most streamed single by a female artist in the United States in 24 hours, and biggest holiday song in the United Kingdom.
In 2018, the song reached #3 in the United States and on spotify set the record for most streamed song in a day by a female artist on two separate occasions, outperforming Ariana Grande’s “thank u, next”, on two occassions. The single peaked at #2 in the United Kingdom.
A little over a month ago, Carey was announced as the top female artist of all time by Billboard, ranking as the fourth overall artist behind The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and Elton John. This feat is largely attributed to US album sales exceeding 64 million and a record 18 #1 singles, the most for any solo artist in music history. However, more history could be on the horizon for Carey. Last year, “All I Want for Christmas Is You” peaked at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the last week of the holiday season off of just THREE DAYS of eligibility. With a start earlier than it has ever seen this year, the tune is a prime candidate to reach #1 on the chart this year and become Carey’s 19th #1 single, extending both her Hot 100 record and her new Guiness World Record.