Mariah Carey’s ‘All I Want for Christmas’ Tops List for Most Annoying Song at Holidays

With the end of Thanksgiving and Black Friday, the Christmas season is in full swing. That means a swarm of Christmas music has taken over your favorite streaming services and radio stations. One of the top songs of the season is Mariah Carey's "All I Want for Christmas is You," a record breaker and favorite for many at this time of year. But for voters in the U.K., it fills another role.

A recent poll conducted by Huawei in the U.K. named Carey's iconic version of the Christmas classic as the most annoying of the season. It topped several British-centric choices according to Variety, like Band-Aid's "Do They Know It's Christmas" or Wham's "Last Christmas" at numbers two and five.

Some American songs that rounded out the top 10 include The Jackson 5's "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town," Eartha Kitt's "Santa Baby," and the classic "Jingle Bells" by the Andrews Sisters.

Surprisingly missing from the list is Paul McCartney's "Wonderful Christmastime," a staple of holiday radio and a song that has been demonized for years and alleged to have caused a rise of suicides in Japan at the holidays.

Still, Carey's presence at the top could be surprising to some fans of the song. The song is the highest-charting holiday song in 60 years since its release in 1994. Since that point, Carey has earned more than $60 million in royalties from just the one song and reportedly earns $500,000 every year, not counting licensing fees or streaming costs.

For 2019, Carey is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the song by going on tour that will be themed after the classic Christmas song and her album, Merry Christmas. She also released a new video cut for the song to celebrate the anniversary and kick off the Christmas season.

"Kicking off the festivities with a brand new video cut for 'All I Want For Christmas Is You (Unreleased Footage)'. Hope you like it!!!" Carey wrote on social media.


Despite the new top 10 and voting, it would seem plenty of fans still love the Christmas classic and the voice that Carey brings to it.

Check out the full list below courtesy of Variety.

  • All I Want for Christmas is You – Mariah Carey
  • Do They Know It's Christmas? – Band Aid
  • I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday – Wizzard
  • Merry Xmas Everybody – Slade
  • Last Christmas – Wham!
  • Fairytale of New York – The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl
  • Baby It's Cold Outside – Tom Jones & Cerys Matthews
  • Santa Claus is Coming to Town – Jackson 5
  • Santa Baby – Eartha Kitt
  • Jingle Bells – Andrews Sisters