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Last Christmas Mariah Carey Was The Queen But This Year, Wham! Takes First Place

Last Christmas Mariah Carey Was The Queen But This Year, Wham! Takes First Place

  • Wham! beats Mariah Carey to the most-streamed Christmas song on Spotify.
  • Last Christmas has received nearly 2 billion streams on Spotify alone whereas All I Want for Christmas Is You falls behind with 1.4 billion streams.
  • Last Christmas has earned an estimated $15 million from Spotify alone.
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Move over Mariah Carey, there’s new Christmas royalty this year.

Wham!’s, “Last Christmas,” has sleighed its competition, becoming the highest-earning and most streamed Christmas song of the past 50 years. The surprising victory dethrones Mariah Carey’s iconic 1994 track, “All I Want for Christmas Is You.”

Streaming data from Spotify reveals that the 1986 hit received nearly 2 Billion streams. The song has earned more than $15 million from Spotify alone.

Conducted by CSGO gambling site CSGOLuck, the research delved into the last five decades of Christmas music, examining Spotify streams and estimated earnings. They also measured the songs’ ‘playlist reach,’ revealing the songs that dominate user-created Spotify playlists.

Mariah Carey’s, 1994, “All I Want For Christmas Is You” earned her the title of Queen of Christmas and ranks in second place after garnering 1.4 billion streams.

“All I Want For Christmas Is You” has made Carey more than $11.8 million in royalties. However, legal troubles loom as Carey faces a $20 billion lawsuit for alleged copyright infringement.

The rest of the top five belong to the 2010s.

Ariana Grande’s 2013 hit, “Santa Tell Me,” takes third place with 849 million streams, earning an estimated $6.7 million. Michael Bublé’s rendition of “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas” follows as the fourth most streamed, boasting 820 million streams and $6.5 million in royalties.

Sia’s 2017 release, “Snowman,” secures fifth place with 724 million streams and estimated royalties of $5.7 million. The song’s TikTok popularity in November 2020 solidified its status as a modern-day Christmas classic, with variants featuring different tempos racking up millions of streams.

@sia

Just counting down until we can start to feel this feeling again… who’s ready for the holidays?! 🤭☃️❄️ – Team Sia 🎥 @mrmie_

♬ Snowman – Sia

Justin Bieber’s 2011 hit, “Mistletoe,” claims the sixth spot, amassing 639 million streams, $5 million in estimated royalties, and a playlist reach of 85 million. José Feliciano’s “Feliz Navidad” comes in seventh, with 526 million streams and $4 million in royalties.

Rounding off the top ten are Kelly Clarkson’s “Underneath the Christmas Tree” in eighth place (494 million streams). Michael Bublé’s “Holly Jolly Christmas” comes ninth with 483 million streams. John Lennon’s “Happy Xmas (War is Over)” ranks in tenth with 467 million streams.

A spokesperson for CSGOLuck stated that, “Christmas music’s nostalgic charm remains a vital part of the holiday season. Social media, especially TikTok and Instagram, continues to influence the holiday playlist landscape, blending classic and modern tunes seamlessly.”

The diverse mix of songs ensures that everyone’s holiday playlist is a harmonious celebration of both old and new favorites.

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