The Holiday Season Is Here. What Song Is Popular? Again!!!


Anjie He, Contributor

All I Want For Christmas Is You, by Mariah Carey.

I believe many people already know this song by now. If not, how? Every year around the holidays there is a specific song that always appears. And that song is sung by Mariah Carey. She is considered the “Queen of Christmas,” because of that specific song. The original release of this song was in October 29, 1994. Since the release, the song has been a global success in 26 countries: Australia, Canada, France and Germany. In 2019, the song topped the US Billboard Hot 100 for the first time in 25 years after its original release. Breaking records such as the longest climb to number one. And with the sales of over 16 million copies worldwide, All I Want For Christmas Is You, is the bestselling holiday song.

In 2017, it was reported that Mariah Carey had earned $60 million in royalties (Per every million copies sold, makes 1 million royalties). Between 1994 and 2016, Carey had made about $60 million, averaging around $2.6 million per year. The week of December 24 – December 30, 2021, the song was still number 1 on the Hot 100s, with about 35.4 million streams, 16.5 million radio plays, and 4,900 sales. We can predict the outcome of next year, as this song keeps rising. On average, Mariah would earn round $3 million each holiday season, and it will keep rising for every performance she does for the holidays.

Not only does Mariah Carey’s song goes popular every year, but others have as well:

Everyone should know this iconic song, Never Gonna Give You Up, by Rick Astley. The song was released in 1987, hitting number one worldwide upon its release date. Despite how old it is, people still know the song by heart. This song has become an internet meme throughout the years. At this point, the lyrics have been ingrained in our minds despite it being a meme.

Baby, by Justin Bieber was released in 2010, featuring Ludacris. The song went viral, especially for Bieber considering he was only 16 years old. It charted the top 10 in multiple countries and the song spent several weeks on that chart. The music video has remained one of the most viewed videos on YouTube and I’m sure about 99.99% of people in the world know the song’s lyrics.

Gangnam Style, by PSY was the staple of 2012. At the time, no one had expected a Korean song to be blowing up in the United States, reaching number 2 on the Hot 100 in the United States. The music video has received more than 4.2 billion views on YouTube, making it about the 11th most viewed video of all time. Till this day, people still play this song and are doing the choreography that comes with it!