'All I Want I Want For Christmas Is You' Hits No. 1—Here's All the Ways Mariah Carey Made Billboard History

Mariah Carey made history on Monday when her perennial Christmas favorite "All I Want For Christmas Is You" reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, 25 years after it was initially released.

The holiday anthem, first released in 1994, has consistently charted across Billboard magazine's various charts since it first hit airwaves—including the Radio Songs chart and the Holiday 100—but it was not eligible for the Hot 100 until 1998 because it was not initially released as a commercial single.

In recent years, "All I Want..." has climbed higher on the Hot 100 because of updated chart rules accounting for streaming numbers. In 2017, the Christmas song cracked the top 10 for the first time, reaching No. 9, and last holiday season, it cracked the top three with a new peak of No. 3.

Monday's news that "All I Want..." had reached the Hot 100 summit prompted an emotional response from Carey on social media. She tweeted: "We did it."

We did it 😭❤️🐑🎄🦋 https://t.co/Cp80uhYdI9

— Mariah Carey (@MariahCarey) December 16, 2019

Not only has Carey done it—but the Christmas classic has also made history in myriad other ways. Let's break it down:

"All I Want For Christmas Is You" makes chart history

The longest journey to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100

As reported by Billboard Monday, with 25 years between its initial release and hitting the top spot on the Hot 100, "All I Want..." has had the longest journey to the No. 1 spot in chart history.

According to Billboard, only Elton John has experienced similar resurgence with an old hit. John's Princess Diana tribute "Candle in the Wind 1997" hit No. 1 on the Hot 100 in 1997, 11 years after the original version of the song first charted on the Hot 100.

A live version of "Candle in the Wind," which was originally a tribute to Marilyn Monroe recorded in 1973, hit No. 6 on the Hot 100 in 1986.

19 No. 1 songs, the most of any solo artist in Billboard history

Carey is already a history-maker on the Billboard Hot 100, but this latest No. 1 extends her lead.

The pop star has the most Hot 100 No. 1 songs out of any solo artist in chart history with 19 top-charting songs, "All I Want..." included.

Trailing behind her are Rihanna with 14 No. 1 songs, Michael Jackson with 13 No. 1s and The Supremes and Madonna with 12 No. 1s each.

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"All I Want For Christmas Is You" unseen footage. Columbia/Legacy

If Carey can score another No. 1 hit, she would tie The Beatles for most No. 1s on the Hot 100 with 20. Two more and she would have the most No. 1 hits in history.

Carey's other No. 1 classics include "We Belong Together," "Vision of Love," "Emotions" and "One Sweet Day."

No. 1 hits in the 1990s, 2000s and 2010s

If there was any doubt about Carey's musical legacy, consider this: She is one of the few artists to have a No. 1 hit in each of the last three decades.

Carey's latest No. 1 means she has had No. 1s in the 1990s, 2000s and 2010s. That puts her in elite company with Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera and Usher.

Carey had 14 No. 1s in the 1990s, four in the 2000s—including her last No. 1 hit, "Touch My Body," in 2008—and "All I Want..." marks her first in the 2010s.

Billboard reports that if "All I Want..." can remain at No. 1 going into 2020, she will make history as the first major artist to have a No. 1 in four different decades.