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Mariah Carey breaks record as “All I want For Christmas Is You” goes No. 1 for third holiday season in a row

The song, originally released in 1994, went to the top of the charts in 2019, 2020, and now, 2021.

December 20, 2021
Mariah Carey breaks record as “All I want For Christmas Is You” goes No. 1 for third holiday season in a row Mariah Carey in 2019. Photo credit by SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images  

It's time for our annual "Mariah Carey's 'All I Want For Christmas Is You' is No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100" post, but this time there's a twist: It's the track's third time in three years at No. 1, making it the first song in the chart's history to hit the top spot in three separate runs.

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The song was originally released in 1994 and made its debut at No. 1 in 1999. Changes at Billboard in how streaming counts towards chart placement led to the song's ascent that year and during the following year's holiday season.

"All I Want For Christmas" breaks a record previously held by Chubby Checker's "The Twist." That song went No. 1 in September 1960, and returned to the top spot in January 13 and 20, 1962.

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Mariah Carey breaks record as “All I want For Christmas Is You” goes No. 1 for third holiday season in a row