Mariah Carey’s ‘All I Want for Christmas’ tops the UK charts after 26 years

Completing a journey 26 years in the making, Mariah Carey’s All I Want for Christmas Is You has reached number one in the UK singles chart.

Taken from Carey’s 1994 Merry Christmas album, the modern classic was originally held off the top spot by East 17’s Stay Another Day. However, it finally climbed to the summit this week, after being streamed 10.8 million times.

On hearing the news, Carey said, “Happy Christmas UK! We finally made it! We are keeping the Christmas spirit alive together despite how dismal the year’s been.”

Radio 1’s Scott Mills, who revealed the countdown, said, “Truly one of the greatest songs never to be number one has finally reached the top spot. Hopefully it can hold on until Christmas Day!”

Carey knocked Ariana Grande’s Positions off the top of the charts, as Christmas songs continue their annual takeover of the top 40. Festive songs account for 22 of the week’s biggest-selling records, with six in the top 10.

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