Even with the latest data tracking week encompassing five days after Christmas (Dec. 24-30), Mariah Carey‘s “All I Want For Christmas Is You” holds at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart.
The song, released in 1994, logs its eighth total week atop the Hot 100, after notching three weeks at No. 1 beginning in December 2019, two more starting in December 2020 and now three this holiday season, beginning two weeks ago.
The Hot 100 blends all-genre U.S. streaming (official audio and official video), radio airplay and sales data. All charts (dated Jan. 8) will update on Billboard.com tomorrow (Jan. 5).
Here’s a deeper look as Carey’s “Christmas” continues atop the Hot 100 (even after Santa has returned to the North Pole).
Streams, airplay & sales: Carey’s “Christmas,” on Columbia Records/Legacy Recordings, drew 35.4 million U.S. streams (down 25%) and 16.5 million radio airplay audience impressions (down 49%) and sold 4,900 downloads (down 39%) in the Dec. 24-30 tracking week, according to MRC Data.
The carol claims a 15th total week at No. 1 on the Streaming Songs chart (the third-best sum in the list’s history) and drops 6-11 on Digital Song Sales and 13-40 on Radio Songs.
Unsurprisingly, holiday songs logged the bulk of their activity over the first two days of the Dec. 24-30 tracking week, with totals plunging the following five days. Still, that robust activity in those two days was enough to result in six seasonal songs in the Hot 100’s top 10, as well as 18 in the Streaming Songs chart’s top 19 positions.
“Christmas” was first released on Carey’s album Merry Christmas in 1994 and its success on the Hot 100 has snowballed in recent years as streaming has grown and holiday music has become more prominent on streaming services’ seasonal playlists.
Longest span atop the Hot 100: Carey’s “Christmas” extends its mark for the longest span from a song’s first week at No. 1 on the Hot 100 to its latest: two years and 18 days (Dec. 21, 2019-Jan. 8, 2022).
Plus, the latest week atop the Hot 100 for “Christmas” extends Carey’s record for the longest span of an artist ranking at No. 1 on the chart: 31 years, five months and a week, dating to her first week at No. 1 on the chart dated Aug. 4, 1990, with her debut single “Vision of Love.”
Carey’s record 87th week atop Hot 100: With “Christmas,” Carey claims her record-extending 87th week at No. 1 on the Hot 100, dating to the chart’s Aug. 4, 1958, inception.
Most Weeks at No. 1 on Hot 100
87, Mariah Carey
59, The Beatles
50, Boyz II Men
“Christmas” became Carey’s 19th Hot 100 No. 1, the most among soloists and one away from The Beatles’ overall record 20. It also made Carey the only artist that has ranked at No. 1 on the chart in four distinct decades.
Fifth for eight: Carey claims her fifth Hot 100 No. 1 to rule for eight weeks or more, tying her with Drake for the most such leaders. She matches the mark thanks to “One Sweet Day,” with Boyz II Men (16 weeks, 1995-96); “We Belong Together” (14, 2005); “Christmas” (eight, 2019-22); “Fantasy” (eight, 1995); and “Dreamlover” (eight, 1993).
Beyoncé and Boyz II Men follow with three such No. 1s each.