Mariah Carey is regarded as the unofficial Queen of Christmas thanks to her Christmas hit song “All I Want For Christmas Is You”.
The singer first released the hit song in 1994 and its popularity keeps increasing each year. The artist was 24 years old when she made the song after the then-husband and manager Tommy Mottola forced her to make a Christmas album. And according to Celebrity Net Worth, it took her 15 minutes to write and record the song.
And when she was asked what motivated her to release a Christmas song so early in her career, she responded: “I’m a very festive person and I love the holidays. I’ve sung Christmas songs since I was a little girl.”
Since then, the song has recorded over 16 million sales globally, making it one of her biggest international successes and the 12th best-selling single of all time. In addition, it is the best-selling Christmas single by a female artist overall.
The song has featured in several Christmas movies and according to Celebrity Net Worth, it is a massive hit around the holidays on streaming services such as Spotify and Pandora. In 2019, the song hit number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. And recorded more than $1 billion streams on Spotify.
“Thank you @spotify, the #lambily, and everyone who streams this song to add a little bit of festivity to the season. I truly appreciate each and every one of these 1 billion streams,” she posted.
The song climbed back to the top spot again in 2020 and stayed there for weeks and the momentum does not seem to be dying down. The song continuous to surge in popularity during Christmas and post-Halloween as well as post-Thanksgiving, Yahoo News quotes music analytics platform Chart Metric as saying.
The song has also been covered by a number of artists, including Ariana Grande, CeeLo Green, My Chemical Romance, Kylie Minogue and Mumford and Sons, Shania Twain, and many others.
The song also hit number 1 on charts in Australia, Austria, Canada, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Hungary and the Netherlands, according to Celebrity Net Worth. It also topped number 1 in New Zealand, Norway, Latvia, Lithuania, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United States.
It reached number two in Japan, Germany and the United Kingdom, and in several African countries, it featured in the top 10.
In all, Celebrity Net Worth notes that every Christmas Carey makes $600,000 to $1 million in royalties from this one song.