The career discography of pop singer Mariah Carey is abundantly filled with dance-friendly radio hits which range from “We Belong Together” to “Always Be My Baby”. There is that one song, however, which stands out above all the rest, mostly due to its dominance over the radio waves and karaoke clubs every December. The song in reference is Carey’s trademark holiday single, “All I Want For Christmas Is You”, which has become so popular since being released in 1994 that it managed to break Spotify‘s single-day streaming record on Christmas Eve 2018 with 10,819,009 total plays on the popular music platform.
Mariah Carey – “All I Want For Christmas Is You” [Music Video]
Spotify’s previous single-day record had been held by late rapper XXXTentacion, whose single, “Sad!” reached an equally impressive 10.4 million streams this past summer following his untimely death. “All I Want For Christmas Is You” is not the only holiday tune to have earned some impressive streaming stats on the day between Festivus and Christmas. “Last Christmas” by Wham! racked up 9,098,668 Spotify plays on December 24th (hope all you #Whamageddon players steered clear), followed by Ariana Grande‘s “Santa Tell Me”, which earned 7,086,794 total streams. One could also credit the rising popularity of reggaeton and Hispanic-based pop music here in America to explain how José Feliciano‘s “Feliz Navidad” out-streamed old man Bing Crosby‘s “White Christmas” by over 76,000 plays.
Such an impressive number of streams would be a real Christmas miracle for the standard indie musician. For Carey and her team however, the 10,819,009 plays really only amounted to an estimated $66,000 in royalties, which gets shared amongst the songwriting/production team, management, label personnel and, finally, Carey, who still gets a cut of the profits as the recording’s performer. The royalty earnings may not equal to what album sales offered back in the 1990s, but surely afforded the pop diva with enough holiday cash to buy a new chinchilla fur coat just in time for New Year’s Eve. The achievement was at least enough for Carey to acknowledge the streaming accomplishment via her Twitter on Christmas.
Mariah Carey isn’t the only popular artist breaking streaming records as of late. Queen also made history earlier this month when it was announced that “Bohemian Rhapsody” had become the most-streamed song of the 20th century, with the total number of 1.5 billion streaming being tallied from every online music service, including YouTube. The only real streaming test left for fans to help achieve is getting Bobby Pickett and Leonard L. Capizzi‘s “Monster Mash” to crack the single-day Halloween record next October. Your move, Millennials.
Wait… What?! 😳😳😳 https://t.co/C2zw3hGQeK
— Mariah Carey (@MariahCarey) December 25, 2018
[H/T Rolling Stone]