Christmas is coming early for Mariah Carey and fans.
The Pop diva, whose enduring holiday classic ‘All I Want for Christmas’ has become an anthem synonymous with the season’s arrival, has been burning up streaming and digital download platforms with the song since early November.
And, while the tune’s annual ascension on Billboard charts is by no means a surprise, now – just a day after learning its parent album, ‘Merry Christmas,’ cracked the Billboard 200’s top 10 again – the Walter Afanasieff-co-written cut has snipped out the competition to land at #3 on this week’s Hot 100 (mirroring last year’s re-peak).
25 years after its debut, ‘Christmas’ could claim Billboard’s top spot in the coming weeks. See what why inside:
Mariah Carey dashes 18-3 on the Hot 100 with “All I Want for Christmas Is You,” returning to its peak to-date first reached last holiday season (on the chart dated Jan. 5, 2019), when it became the first top-five holiday hit on the survey in 60 years.
It’s the highest-charting holiday song by a soloist in the Hot 100’s archives, bested overall in the category only by The Chipmunks’ “The Chipmunk Song” (with David Seville), which ruled for four weeks in 1958-59.
Carey stands to become the first recording artist in history to nab a Hot 100 chart-topper with a holiday tune. If accomplished, the jump would not only be her 19th run atop the tally, but would also extend her reign as the Billboard Hot 100’s most successful female artist ever.