Mariah Carey's 'All I Want For Christmas Is You' Broke Music Streaming Record

Exactly 24 years after it was first released, Mariah Carey's hit Christmas classic "All I Want for Christmas Is You" has set a brand new one-day streaming record on Spotify.

According to Rollingstone, the catchy tune reached this all-time record this past Christmas Eve when it officially hit 10,819,009 streams on the music service. This effectively beat out previous record-holder XXXTentacion, whose single "Sad!" was streamed 10.4 million times on June 19, 2018 — the day after the rapper had been shot and killed.

In response to this momentous news, Carey first retweeted a post congratulating her achievement with disbelief. A few hours later, she took to Instagram to share a picture of the official 1994 Merry Christmas album cover accompanied by Chart Data's announcement via Twitter that the song had indeed broken the global Spotify record for biggest single day streams.

"Such an amazing Christmas gift!" Carey captioned the photo. "Thank you!"


Over two decades since her single first hit the airwaves, Carey has continued to enjoy incredible success from the track every holiday season as it keeps climbing the Billboard charts. This year, Billboard reported that the catchy tune reached new heights when it peaked at number six on the Hot 100 chart and is currently spending its fourth week in a row at number one on R&B charts.

"All I Want for Christmas Is You" reportedly took Carey only 15 minutes to write, alongside her author-composition partner, Walter Afanasieff. However, since penning the number, there apparently hasn't been much love between Afanasieff and the singer. In an interview with Radio Times this month, Afanasieff revealed that he and Carey had a falling out after the song was released and even accused her of trying to take all the credit for their hit jingle.

"She doesn't like to acknowledge other people," Afanasieff told Radio Times."It doesn't matter how many interviews she's done or when she's on stage, she'll never ever say 'here's the song that I wrote with Walter.'" 

"She came up with some crazy, crazy story over the last couple years that she wrote All I Want For Christmas Is You when she was a kid on her Casio [keyboard]," he added. "And I go, that's crazy, I wasn't with you when you were a kid writing that song on the Casio, so why am I 50% owner of the song? It's crazy stuff."

Despite its hasty inception and apparent bad blood between the writing duo, this song has gone on to earn Carey plenty of money and is still helping her rake in the cash to this day. The Economist reported this year that the track has made the singer a total of $60 million since it was first released, having annually earned millions from royalties and being played on streaming services.

According to Maxim, the only Christmas jingle in history to have outperformed Carey's yuletide number is "The Chipmunk Song" as performed by David Seville & The Chipmunks in 1958.


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