Mariah Carey's "Everything I Wish For Christmas Is You" is already one of the best-selling singles of all time. It has broken so many records that it is almost impossible to check how many.
You might think that the song has little to prove yet, but this morning, over a quarter of a century after its release, Billboard announced that it is the No. 1 hot-100 title for the first time of the magazine. It has pushed The Weeknd & # 39; s Heartless off the top.
The achievement either extends Carey's previous milestones or creates brand new ones most frequently for an act (only the Beatles have 20 more).
It is the longest climb a song has ever made to first place, and gives Carey the longest gap in an artist's history in history between their first number 1 (1990's "Vision of Love") and their latest , The singer is now number six on the list of the most ones and she is also the most successful producer on the chart. Carey is now the fourth most successful songwriter (behind just Paul McCartney, John Lennon and Max Martin). Previously she was associated with Elvis Presley for the most cumulative weeks on the chart, but holds this record for herself with 80 combined weeks. Here's how it happened:
The song was originally not suitable for the Hot 100
The Hot 100 was not originally a "songs" chart, but a "singles" chart founded. While it always took more than just sales into account, the justification for a song was that it had to be released individually as a CD single (as described in, you could go to your local Specs Records or Sam Goody and from there on a separate CD the album, maybe with a B-side or some pinned remixes.
In the mid-1990s, record label managers began to believe that selling singles had a negative impact on album sales (vice versa, critics and much more) the public began to believe that too many albums were made with too few hits and too much filler). So the labels began to use songs for radio and MTV without publishing them as separate singles.
The most famous example was No Doubt & # 39; s "Don & # 39; t Speak", which was the most played song on the radio for 16 weeks, but never on the Hot 100 due to the single rule charted. Songs like "Iris" the Goo Goo Doll and "Torn" by Natalie Imbruglia had similar fates. So in 1998 Billboard decided to change the rules and also open the table for album editing. In today's world where most songs are separately available digitally, this is a controversial point.
"All I Want" received a respectable placement on the charts during its original release, such as the Airplay table and the Adult Contemporary song table. In 2000, with new rules in the game, the title finally appeared for the first time on the Hot 100 under number 83.
The Internet beings that fuel the perseverance of the song
Hot on the Apple launched the iTunes Store in 2003. Of course, this changed the music industry forever, but in Carey's case, it may have changed the development of the "All I Want" heritage and established it as a canonically classic.
In 2005, the title topped the Hot Digital Sales chart for the first time (the chart itself was only created in 2004).
Due to the billboard rules at that time The title, which was supposed to prioritize current songs, was called "recurring" and was therefore again not qualified for the Hot 100. From 2005 to 2008, however, the song took first place in a separate recurring table, thus proving its place appeal from year to year.
Another rule change allows songs to be played back into the chart
In 2012, Billboard decided that any song that should end up in the top 50 should end up in the top 50 and thus, as long as "All I Want" had to justify the streaming, selling and airplay, it would be welcome in the charts again. The song has more than proven itself and has appeared in first place in the top 10 of 2017, the top 5 of last year and finally this year.
Competition is everything
] So: Why is the song number one this year when it has always developed upwards around Christmas? Well, probably because there isn't too much competition.
Lizzo's "Truth Hurts" was the last big single hit that peaked in October. Since then, no song has spent more than two weeks at the top, indicating a lack of staying power.
thank you, next "fever".
In 2017 Post Malones "Rockstar" was at its peak, in 2016 this song was Rae Sremmurd's "Black Beatles" and in 2015 it was Adele's "Hello". These weren't vacation-related hits, but they were hits that the vacation wouldn't disrupt their popularity.
In 2019 we simply don't have a song like the ones mentioned above and the latest album releases by marquee pop stars like Camila Cabello or Harry Styles have failed to bring songs of conquest to the market.
Carey was able to march to the top without much competition.