Mariah Carey’s ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’ Is Highest-Charting Billboard Hot 100 Holiday Hit in 60 Years

December 18, 2018

Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You” becomes the highest-charting yuletide hit in 60 years on the Billboard Hot 100, as it rises from No. 7 to No. 6 (on the chart dated Dec. 22).

Carey’s carol is the top-charting song of the season on the Hot 100 since “The Chipmunk Song,” by David Seville and The Chipmunks, which remains the only such single to have hit No. 1, for four weeks beginning Dec. 22, 1958 (just after the chart’s inception that Aug. 4).

Carey’s “Christmas,” first released in 1994, hit the top 10 for the first time last holiday season, reaching No. 9; a week ago, it bested that rank, rising to No. 7.

“Christmas” passes two No. 7-peaking Christmas-season songs, by Kenny G and New Kids on the Block, and now trails only “The Chipmunk Song” as the highest-charting such hit in the Hot 100’s 60-year history:

Highest-Charting Holiday Songs in the Hot 100’s History
No. 1 peak, four weeks, beginning Dec. 22, 1958, “The Chipmunk Song,” by David Seville & The Chipmunks
No. 6, Dec. 22, 2018, “All I Want for Christmas Is You,” Mariah Carey
No. 7, Jan. 8, 2000, “Auld Lang Syne,” Kenny G
No. 7, Jan. 6, 1990, “This One’s for the Children,” New Kids on the Block
No. 9, Feb. 21, 1981, “Same Old Lang Syne,” Dan Fogelberg
No. 11, Nov. 5, 2011, “Mistletoe,” Justin Bieber
No. 12, Jan. 6, 1962, “White Christmas,” Bing Crosby
No. 13, Dec. 22, 2018, “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” Andy Williams
No. 13, Dec. 21, 2013, “Little Drummer Boy,” Pentatonix
No. 13, Jan. 19, 1985, “Do They Know It’s Christmas?,” Band-Aid
No. 13, Jan. 12, 1959, “The Little Drummer Boy,” Harry Simeone Chorale
No. 14, Dec. 26, 1960, “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree,” Brenda Lee
No. 15, Dec. 22, 2018, “Jingle Bell Rock,” Bobby Helms
No. 15, Jan. 11, 1964, “Pretty Paper,” Roy Orbison
No. 16, Jan. 31, 1970, “Winter World of Love,” Engelbert Humperdinck
No. 18, Jan. 1, 2000, “The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire),” Christina Aguilera
No. 18, Jan. 6, 1979, “Please Come Home for Christmas,” Eagles

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