At this point, Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas Is You” has achieved yuletide classic status. The single from her holiday album Merry Christmas was released in 1994. For years, the song has been getting plenty of airtime on radio stations during the holidays, and now, it’s getting even more recognition.
The single made the top 10 of Billboard’s Hot 100 list for the first time since its release 23 years ago. The song climbed the ladder from its previous peak at number 11, and is Carey’s 28th top-10 single, tying her with Stevie Wonder for the fifth-most Hot 100 top 10s in the chart’s history.
“As a songwriter, I feel so honored to have this song reach Billboard’s [Hot 100] top 10 for the first time. I honestly never thought we’d be talking about this happening, but I’m so thankful to everyone who embraces this song as part of their holiday tradition,” Carey told Billboard. “It truly warms my heart, and I am proud of this song that I wrote basically as a kid on my little Casio keyboard.”
“All I Want For Christmas Is You” is one of the few holiday singles that have charted in the top 10, and is the only that has “Christmas” in its title. It first appeared in the Hot 100 in 2000, debuting at number 83. This year, the song stands in the top 10 among chart topper “Perfect (feat. Beyonce)” by Ed Sheeran, as well as music from Post Malone, Camila Capello, Lil Pump, Imagine Dragons and others.
Listen to the song below, find out where it landed on our 2013 ranking of the best Christmas songs, and check out a Carey performance circa 1992 from the Paste Cloud.