This makes the song’s sixth total week atop the Hot 100 and becomes the first song in the chart’s history to have led in three distinct runs on the ranking and honestly, we are not surprised. We’re actually happy for her.
The song has been a childhood Xmas anthem since the original dropped in 1994, and we’ve loved it ever since. Of course, there’ll be people saying that they are tired of hearing this song every year, it’s lost its touch. But seriously though, it hasn’t. Especially in this pandemic, we’re facing, we can’t afford to grunt over something like this. If you can’t beat them, join them.
Carey’s gift that keeps on giving (and leading) paces six holiday classics in the Hot 100’s top 10, with Brenda Lee’s “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” rising to No. 2 and Wham!’s “Last Christmas” returning to the tier at No. 9.
The Hot 100 blends all-genre U.S. streaming (official audio and official video), radio airplay and sales data. All charts (dated Dec. 25) will update ontomorrow (Dec. 21).
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The song spends a 13th total week at No. 1 on the Streaming Songs chart and rises 9-7 on Digital Song Sales; and 24-23 on Radio Songs. It also leads the multi-metric Holiday 100 chart for a 49th week, of the chart’s 54 total weeks since the list launched in 2011; it has topped the tally for 34 consecutive weeks, dating to the start of the 2015-16 holiday season, and dominates as the top title on the recently-revealed Greatest of All Time Holiday 100 Songs chart.
Since its release, the song has upped its U.S. totals to 4.3 billion in radio audience, 1.4 billion streams and 3.7 million in download sales.
For Mariah’s bank account, “AIWFCIY” is the gift that keeps on giving!
(Source: Billboard, B.Scott)