It’s the time of the season, snow falling from the sky, stockings hung over the fireplace, gifts under the tree, and the radio is on. But do you hear that? It’s Mariah Carey sweeping the airwaves with All I Want for Christmas is You. This song has become the unavoidable jingle for the holidays for years and it doesn’t seem to want to disappear. The song has appeared in all sorts of mediums, such as Christmas movies and streaming platforms.
As a matter of fact, the song became the #1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 in December 2019. That is quite impressive since the song was released in 1994, 25 years since it first broke everyone’s’ radios and TV sets. When it hit #1, Carey tweeted with joy with the words “We did it” along with certain emojis to express her happiness.
Top of the Charts
After 25 years since the song’s release, it was the first time since 2008 Mariah Carey’s other number 1 song ”Touch My Body”. “All I Want for Christmas is You” is the first song to be the number 1 Christmas hit since “The Chipmunk Song” in 1958.
How The Song Came to Life
In 1993, Mariah Carey’s future husband and manager Tommy Mottola told her to make a Christmas album. Mariah stated that her career was starting to kick off after three albums, and if they start a Christmas album, that usually means it’s the end of a musician’s career. However, Mottola thought otherwise and persisted that Carey and songwriter, Walter Afanasieff, to start writing and composing for the songs in an album to be called Merry Christmas. Of course, at the time no one could’ve thought how much money they would make from one song alone. According to sources, it only took them 15 minutes to write and compose the song. Little did they know the song made them a ton of money. The album was released in the Summer of 1994