Mariah Carey scores her 19th Number 1 single in America as All I Want For Christmas Is You hits the top spot 25 years after its original release

Mariah Carey's festive favourite reaches Number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, 25 years after its release.

Mariah Carey's All I Want For Christmas Is You is Number 1 in the United States, 25 years after its original release.

Chart publication Billboard confirmed today (Dec. 16) that AIWFCIY finally hit the top spot on its silver anniversary, following the release of a new music video for the song featuring unreleased footage from the original 1994 shoot, a deluxe edition of its parent album, and a new mini-documentary about the song.

All I Want For Christmas Is You was initially ineligible to chart on release, due to not being commercially released as a single. Those rules were relaxed in 1998, and All I Want... first hit the chart in December 2000 at Number 83.

The festive favourite becomes Mariah's 19th Number 1 single in the US, surpassing Elvis Presley on 18, making her the solo artist with the most chart toppers in her own right. Only The Beatles have more, with 20.

Can AIWFCIY finally claim Number 1 in the UK too this year? The song reached Number 2 in 1994, losing out on the Official Christmas Number 1 to East 17's Stay Another Day. It then returned to its peak position again in 2017 and 2018. In the race for Friday's #XmasNo1, the song currently places at Number 6 in the latest sales flash.

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