Mariah Carey's 'All I Want For Christmas Is You' By The Numbers: How Much Does She Make?

By Grace Taylor
Mariah Carey performs "All I Want For Christmas is You" during "The Late Late Show with James Corden." (Getty Images)

Love it or hate it, the 1994 smash holiday hit "All I Want For Christmas Is You" by Mariah Carey is here to stay. In December 2020, it once again reached the number-one position on Billboard's Hot 100 Chart and garnered over 800 million streams on Spotify. For some, it's a treasured part of the Christmas season, while others loathe its ubiquity, but there is no denying it's a catchy and timeless tune that will probably outlive us all. So what's the story behind one of the most popular songs of the modern age?

What Christmas Means To Mariah Carey

It all begins with Mariah Carey, who was born in Huntington, New York in either 1969 or 1970 (somehow, she's managed to keep the exact year a secret despite being one of the most famous women in the music industry). Her parents were an interracial couple, and the racism of the time proved difficult for the Carey family to overcome. Her mother had been disowned by her family for the marriage, and the neighbors in Huntington didn't prove very supportive, either, going so far as to set the family car on fire and even poisoning their dog on one outrageous occasion. The marriage didn't survive, and Carey has been open throughout her career about her struggles navigating the world as a biracial person.