Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You” No Longer Most-Played Christmas Song: Which Tune Dethroned It?

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All I want for Christmas is . . . a new song? Mariah Carey’s classic holiday hit “All I Want for Christmas Is You” has been a go-to for shopping mall soundtracks and holiday party playlists for decades — but according to a new report, the 1994 tune is no longer the most-played Christmas song!

PlayNetwork, which compiles the holiday playlists for hundreds of retailers every year, reported that The Shins’ cover of “Wonderful Christmastime” pushed Carey out of the top spot this year.

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Don’t worry: “All I Want for Christmas Is You” is still No. 2 on the list — which also includes carols from Christina Aguilera, Kelly Clarkson and Bing Crosby — but it’s a change we thought we’d never see, as Carey’s megahit topped the list for exactly two decades.

“All I Want for Christmas Is You” was released on November 1, 1994, as the lead single from Carey’s first holiday album, Merry Christmas. The song has continued to surge in popularity every year.

The Shins’ cover of “Wonderful Christmastime” also outranked Paul McCartney’s original version, which placed at No. 17.

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See PlayNetwork’s Top 10 list below and tell Us what your favorite Christmas song is!

1. “Wonderful Christmastime” by The Shins

2. “All I Want for Christmas Is You” by Mariah Carey

3. “Christmas Time” by Christina Aguilera

4. “Christmas Wrapping” by The Waitresses

5. “Someday at Christmas” by Jack Johnson

6. “Underneath the Tree” by Kelly Clarkson

7. “Holly Jolly Christmas” by Michael Bublé

8. “White Christmas” by Bing Crosby

9. “What Christmas Means to Me” by Train

10. “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” by Ella Fitzgerald

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