It may still be a week from December 25, but if you’re not hearing Mariah Carey’s festive ode All I Want For Christmas Is You approximately four times a day, is it even Christmas?
The chart topper may have been released in 1994, but it turns out it’s still all we want after earlier today.
Spotify revealed the tune is the most steamed Christmas song of all time.
That’s right, in the wise words of Kanye West, ‘OF ALL TIME!’
Streamed globally a whopping 217 million times, Mariah, 46, admitted she was ‘surprised’ at how well her ‘small’ track has stood the test of time.
‘I feel like this is something small compared to the rest of my catalogue. This song just continues to surprise me,’ she said.
‘I’m very thankful that people seem to still have an attachment to it. It makes me feel good when people tell me that it’s part of their lives.’
However, the woman once said she didn’t know who Jennifer Lopez was, so odds are she’s not keeping track of how well a song she released 24 years ago is doing.
Anyway, we bet you’re gagging to know who she pipped to the post…
Following close behind was Wham!’s Last Christmas (no surprises there), while Michael Buble’s It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas came in at third.
While the King of Christmas, Buble, charted five appearances on the list, it may shock you to know who came in at fourth.
Justin Bieber. We kid you not.
Not known for his festive prowess, the pop star followed Buble’s third place with his song Mistletoe.
Rounding out the list in 18th spot, was Chris Rea – who collapsed onstage last week during a concert in Oxford – with his hit Driving Home For Christmas.
Spotify’s Top 20 Christmas songs of all time:
1.Mariah Carey – All I Want for Christmas Is You
2.Wham! – Last Christmas
3.Michael Bublé – It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas
4.Justin Bieber – Mistletoe
5.Ariana Grande – Santa Tell Me
6.Andy Williams – It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year
7.Band Aid – Do They Know It’s Christmas? (1984 Version)
8.The Pogues – Fairytale of New York (feat. Kirsty MacColl)
9.Bing Crosby – White Christmas
10.Frank Sinatra – Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!
11.Michael Bublé – White Christmas (Duet With Shania Twain)
12.Bobby Helms – Jingle Bell Rock
13.Michael Bublé – All I Want For Christmas Is You
14.Elvis Presley – Blue Christmas
15.José Feliciano – Feliz Navidad
16.Michael Bublé – Holly Jolly Christmas
17.Coldplay – Christmas Lights
18.Chris Rea – Driving Home For Christmas
So, we guess this means Beyonce and Jay-Z are OK then
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Rather than battle the tabloids, the spouses used the gossip to fuel the creation of two critically beloved, commercially successful records: Beyonce's Lemonade and Jay-Z's 4:44. And, in them, they offered just as many details about their private lives as they chose.
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While she acknowledged there were male directors who created fresh and compelling women characters, Griffiths said the "male gaze" often reduced them to colouring the characters of their male counterparts.
"[They are created to] make him hot, make him authentic, make him empathetic, make him fatherly, make him conflicted, make him grieve," she said. "In the male gaze, we are so often not the gatekeepers; we're not the ferryman. Sometimes the mentor but usually only ironically, like Judi Dench's M…
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Griffiths, who is about to begin editing the Melbourne Cup drama Ride Like A Girl after finishing the shoot, endorsed Hollywood star Sandra Bullock's recent comment that it was time for women to "stop being polite" about gender equality. (more…)
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Maddow, who hosts her own show on MSNBC, was reading from a breaking news release from the Associated Press that revealed government officials have been sending babies and toddlers to what are being called "tender age" shelters in the US.
The youngsters are some of the 2,300 children who have been forcibly separated from their parents at the US-Mexico border since the White House announced a zero-tolerance policy on migrant families in May.
"The AP has just broken some new news," Maddow started.
"Um, this has just come out from the Associated Press, this is incredible. Trump administration have been sending babies and other young children – oh, hold on," she said, her voice breaking.
Maddow attempted to get through the breaking news piece one more time before moving the show over to a guest. "To at least three – three tender age shelters in South Texas. Lawyers and medical providers… I think I'm going to have to hand this off. Sorry."
Maddow took to Twitter shortly after the segment aired to say sorry to her viewers. "Again, I apologise for losing it there for a moment," she wrote. "Not the way I intended that to go, not by a mile."
She also tweeted out what she had been trying to say in her live read, writing out what was presented in the AP story. "Lawyers and medical providers who have visited the "tender age" shelters described play rooms of crying preschool-age children in crisis…" she wrote.
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