It’s not every day that a songwriter can sit down and pen a classic hit that lives on to generation after generation. Some would argue that it would be even rarer for a songwriter to pen an original Christmas classic. Haven’t we said and sang everything there is to sing and say about Christmas?
Mariah Carey didn’t think so, which is why her hit “All I Want For Christmas Is You” has become a holiday classic. Penned in 1994, the song has sold over 16 million copies and is the 12th best-selling single of all-time (ever). It’s also the best-selling Christmas single of all-time.
So, how much money has songwriter Carey made from the tune over the last 25 years? $60 million.
The song recently hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for the first time in 25 years and is featured in an Amazon mini-documentary, “Mariah Carey is Christmas: The Story of ‘All I Want for Christmas is You’.”