Mariah Carey's All I Want For Christmas Is You could finally claim Number 1 on the Official UK Singles Chart this week, according to the latest data from the Official Charts Company.
On today's Official Chart Update (published 5.45pm, Nov. 3), Carey's festive classic climbs to Number 2 and is just 900 chart sales behind the midweek Number 1, Ariana Grande's Positions.
If the song continues on its current trajectory, All I Want For Christmas could very well reach the UK’s Official Chart summit for the first time in its long and storied history on Friday, 26 years after its release. This week’s Number 1 will be unveiled from 4pm Friday on BBC Radio 1’s The Official Chart with Scott Mills, with the Top 100 published on OfficialCharts.com.
Mariah’s much-loved festive hit is one of four Christmas songs set to break the Official Chart Top 10 on Friday - streams of Christmas songs in 2020 are surging strongly as Britain wishes away the troubles of 2020. Official Charts Company data shows that year-to-date streams of Christmas songs now stand at 252m, up nearly 44% on the same period in 2019.
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First released in 1994, All I Want For Christmas Is You famously lost out on that year's Official Christmas Number 1 crown to East 17's Stay Another Day, peaking at Number 2.
However, it’s unusually rapid ascent up the Official Chart this year now puts it as a strong contender for the 2020 Official Christmas Number 1, which this year is announced on Christmas Day, December 25. View this year's Official Christmas Number 1 contenders list here.
Since 2007 - in the age of downloads and streaming - the song has re-entered the chart every year around Christmas. The last three years have seen the song match its Number 2 peak, but this week could finally see it go all the way to Number 1. View All I Want For Christmas’ full UK chart run here.
The news comes as Carey is set to release a brand-new version of her festive song Oh Santa this Friday (Dec. 4) featuring Ariana Grande and Jennifer Hudson. The song features on upcoming Apple TV+ special Mariah Carey's Magical Christmas, which airs on the same day.
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The Official Christmas Number 1 race 2020 kicks off Friday, December 18 with sales and streams counting up until midnight (11.59pm) on Thursday, December 24.
Tune in to The Official Chart with Katie Thistleton on BBC Radio 1 on 25 December from 2-4pm to hear the Christmas Top 40 countdown and the exclusive reveal of the winner of the Official Christmas Number 1 2020.
You can also catch Top Of The Pops on BBC One on Christmas Day, more details of the broadcast to come. The full Top 100 Official Christmas Singles Chart and Albums Chart will be published on OfficialCharts.com from 5.45pm.
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