How Long Ago Did Mariah Carey Release ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You?’

For nearly four decades, Mariah Carey has built an incredible catalog of songs. With 19 songs having reached the top of the Billboard Hot 100, her music has proven timeless. While she has a vast collection of music in her repertoire, a specific song of hers has shown to stand the test of time nearly three decades after its release. As spooky season comes to a close, holiday season is officially upon us, and this season was welcomed by Carey earlier this morning (November 1), as she shared a video of herself literally defrosting. As we enter the holidays, we can expect to hear Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas Is You” on every radio station, in every store, and pretty much anywhere music is played for the next eight weeks.

It may be tough to remember when “All I Want For Christmas Is You” first dropped, as it feels like its always been part of our lives. At this point, hearing the song everywhere is part of the American zeitgeist.

How long ago did Mariah Carey release “All I Want For Christmas Is You?”

“All I Want For Christmas Is You” first appeared on Carey’s Merry Christmas album, which was released on October 28, 1994. At the time of writing, this would make the song 29 years old. While “All I Want For Christmas Is You” has been around for nearly 30 years, it didn’t actually reach No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 until 2019, on the 25th anniversary of the song.

To date, the song has sold over 16 million units worldwide.