Is there truly a song that encapsulates the spirit of the holidays more than Mariah Carey’s 1994 classic, “All I Want for Christmas Is You”? We don’t think so. Apparently, Spotify users from all over the world agree, because Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You” set a new one-day Spotify streaming record on Christmas Eve, 24 years after its release. The song raked in a whopping 10.8 million streams on Monday, according to The Hollywood Reporter, which beat out the previous record-holder.
Of course, this burst in popularity isn’t a new phenomenon. THR reports that Carey’s 1994 Merry Christmas album begins to climb the Billboard charts every year as the holiday season approaches and 2018 was a particularly big year. In addition to blowing up on Spotify, the lead single from the album also reached No. 6 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart and as of Tuesday, the album was in its fourth week at No. 1 on the R&B charts.
To celebrate, Carey posted a screenshot of the accomplishment on Instagram on Christmas day, writing, “Such an amazing Christmas gift!! THANK YOU”
The website Pop Crave seemingly first alerted Carey to the news of her Spotify success. On Christmas morning, the website’s social media team tweeted about her record-breaking, which Carey quote-tweeted with some embarrassed emojis and the simple caption, “Wait… What?!”
Carey also quote-tweeted journalist Brian A. Hernandez, who jokingly said, “We all know @MariahCarey invented Christmas, as my sweater is reminding everyone, so stream and buy her music today. But while you’re at it, also give some love to these other holiday songs, most of which aren’t as jolly.” We won’t lie, we kind of want this sweater for ourselves.
In the spirit of the holiday, Carey also shared lots of photos with her loved ones enjoying Christmas together, remarking, “I am so grateful for all my blessings this year. I am so thankful for having my loved ones by my side – my family, friends & fans. I wish you all the merriest Christmas, may it be filled with joy, peace & laughter! That’s all I *really* want for Christmas!”
Jokes aside, the singer has clearly embraced the lasting power of her Christmas music, even going on a Christmas tour this year that took her throughout Europe. The question is, how will she top these accomplishments next Christmas?
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