It Took 25 Years, But Mariah Carey's Holiday Earworm Reaches No. 1 "All I Want For Christmas Is You" was released in 1994. This modern Christmas classic tapped out at No. 3 last season. Now, the Queen of Christmas claims her No. 1 crown on the Billboard Hot 100.

It Took 25 Years, But Mariah Carey's Holiday Earworm Reaches No. 1

It Took 25 Years, But Mariah Carey's Holiday Earworm Reaches No. 1

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"All I Want For Christmas Is You" was released in 1994. This modern Christmas classic tapped out at No. 3 last season. Now, the Queen of Christmas claims her No. 1 crown on the Billboard Hot 100.

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm David Greene. And you may know this song.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS YOU")

MARIAH CAREY: (Singing) Oh, baby, all I want for Christmas is you.

GREENE: This week, Mariah Carey's holiday earworm "All I Want For Christmas Is You" reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. It only took 25 years. It's her 19th No. 1 hit, just one less than the Beatles. An uptick in streaming is one reason for the song's recent climb on the charts. Or maybe it's a Christmas miracle.

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