Despite being a holiday staple for the last quarter century, Mariah Carey’s hit song, All I Want For Christmas just hit No. 1 on Billboard for the first time ever.
Carey was only 24 when she released the Christmas classic in 1994 as part of her “Merry Christmas” album, and now at 49, the song has literally been around for half of her life. It’s used by the artist as an annual Christmas season kickoff, which has also been covered by Ariana Grande and Cee-Lo Green, according to CNN. Previously it had peaked at No. 3 on the chart.
But CNN reports it wasn’t till this week that the self-proclaimed “Queen of Christmas” was finally crowned with top honors during that is arguably the most lucrative season of her career.
— Billboard Charts (@billboardcharts) December 16, 2019
According to a 2016 estimate by The Economist, Carey has reportedly earned over $60 million in royalties just from this one song, which also holds the distinction of being Spotify’s most-streamed Christmas song of all time, with more than 602 million plays on the streaming service alone.
Since being first added to Spotify, the track has already earned more than $2 million in royalties. Further, Broadband Deals projects that if this holiday season is anything like the last year, Carey’s cash cow is estimated to pull in about $600,000 in the 7 weeks between November 2019 and Christmas.
Hoping to capitalize on how beloved the track is, Amazon is set to debut a mini-documentary about the history of the song, called Mariah Carey is Christmas.
Check out the trailer below.