Mariah Carey was already feeling as festive as can be on Monday (Dec. 16), but the news that one of her most beloved hits went to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart 25 years after its initial release turned that mood from happy to euphoric in an instant.
Though her modern Christmas classic "All I Want For Christmas Is You" has topped Billboard's holiday chart and its streaming chart as well, this marks the first year that the single off her 1994 Merry Christmas album reached the summit of the Hot 100. The song serves as the grand finale of her Christmas show, which began as a residency at New York's Beacon Theatre and has since grown into an international spectacular featuring dancers, elaborate sets, gospel choirs and a cameo from Santa Claus himself. In 2018, Carey brought her yuletide cheer to arenas around the world, but this year, she opted for a tour closer to home -- and she wrapped it with a sold-out show at Madison Square Garden on Sunday night (Dec. 15), hours before "All I Want For Christmas Is You" officially became the No. 1 song in the country.
"It’s a little bit of a whirlwind!" she told Billboard shortly following the Hot 100 announcement. "Last night was [my show at Madison Square Garden]. I loved the show and the fans were incredible. I was just like, 'Okay, even if ["All I Want For Christmas Is You"] is No. 2, that’s a huge accomplishment.' Wow. I don’t even know what to say. We definitely wanted to kick it into high gear this year with the song to celebrate the 25th anniversary, but I definitely didn’t expect it to hit No. 1 two weeks before Christmas! I just want to thank everybody. I want the world to have the best holiday ever."