Mariah Carey's 'All I Want for Christmas Is You' Is No Longer the Most-Played Holiday Song
By John Boone
We wouldn’t be surprised if Mariah Carey canceled Christmas over this.
The pop diva and unofficial Queen of Christmas -- she has a Hallmark holiday movie coming out soon, for Santa's sake! -- no longer boasts the most-played song of the season. Before we continue, press play below to enjoy “All I Want for Christmas Is You” as a soundtrack while we break the bad news.
Instead, the 1994 classic -- not to be confused with "All I Want for Christmas Is You – Extra Festive" -- is now the No. 2 most-heard song by holiday shoppers, according to PlayNetwork, a company that curates playlists for more than 400 stores, like Forever 21 and Urban Outfitters.
So, who dethroned her? The Shins, with "Wonderful Christmastime." The song is actually a cover of a 1979 Christmas song by Paul McCartney, but The Shins recorded it for a Starbucks compilation album in 2012 and here we are.
If you haven’t heard it yet, take a listen now. (Or don’t and just wait until you hear it nine gajillion times during your holiday shopping, apparently.)
Here’s the rest of the Top 10 most-played Christmas songs this year:
1. The Shins, “Wonderful Christmastime” 2. Mariah Carey, “All I want for Christmas Is You” 3. Christina Aguilera, “Christmas Time” 4. Waitresses, “Christmas Wrapping” 5. Jack Johnson, “Someday at Christmas” 6. Kelly Clarkson, “Underneath the Tree” 7. Michael Buble, “A Holly Jolly Christmas” 8. Bing Crosby, “White Christmas” 9. Train, “What Christmas Means to Me” 10. Ella Fitzgerald, “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”
What? No love for Britney Spears’ 2000 classic, “My Only Wish (This Year)”?!
Anyway, find out how Mariah met her billionaire boyfriend, James Packer: