Mariah Carey's 'All I Want for Christmas Is You' is no longer the most-played holiday song in a mall near you

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'All I Want For Christmas Is You' No Longer Most Played Song of the Season


Mariah Carey can no longer claim the unimpeachable dominion over the holiday season that she once, like Narnia's White Witch, so thoroughly enjoyed.

According to Paste, the singer's hit ode to love and her own vocal chords, "All I Want for Christmas Is You," has lost its number 1 spot in the list of most-played Christmas songs in retail to The Shins' cover of "Wonderful Christmastime" (because nothing says "nothing matters, buy more shit" like post-Beatles Paul McCartney).

Paste cites a report from PlayNetwork, which helps build playlists for all those stores in the mall you stumble through in that Arnold-in-Jingle All the Way-like quest for that one action figure your cousin wants, to compile a list of your brands' favorite inoffensive Muzak. After The Shins' "Wonderful Christmastime,"the list puts "All I Want for Christmas Is You" in second place, Christina Aguilera's "Christmas Time" third, and leaves Darlene Love's "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)" all the way at 20th, because brands truly have no taste.

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Mariah Carey's 'All I Want for Christmas Is You' is no longer the most-played holiday song in a mall near you
EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - NOVEMBER 30: Virgin Money Street of Lights launches with a specially designed architectural installation of 26 arches of 60,000 lights stretching along the Royal Mile, from City Chambers to the Tron Kirk, on November 30, 2015 in Edinburgh, Scotland. The new event is part of the Edinburgh's Christmas and the show will take part on the Old Town twice a day until December 24. (Photo by Roberto Ricciuti/Getty Images)
PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC - NOVEMBER 30: People visit the illuminated Old Town Square with the Christmas tree at the Christmas market on November 30, 2015 in Prague, Czech Republic. Christmas markets, traditionally selling mulled wine, roasted chestnuts, hot mead, and Christmas tree decorations amongst other products opened across the Czech Republic during the first Advent weekend. (Photo by Matej Divizna/Getty Images)
PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC - NOVEMBER 30: A general view of the illuminated Old Town Square with the Christmas tree at the Christmas market on November 30, 2015 in Prague, Czech Republic. Christmas markets, traditionally selling mulled wine, roasted chestnuts, hot mead, and Christmas tree decorations amongst other products opened across the Czech Republic during the first Advent weekend. (Photo by Matej Divizna/Getty Images)
MADRID, SPAIN - NOVEMBER 29: Christmas lighting illuminates crowds visiting the Christmas market in Mayor square on November 29, 2015 in Madrid, Spain. LED lighting is switched on in the city center during the Spanish Christmas season which stretches from November 27 until the Christian Epiphany festival on January 5 known as ''Reyes Magos''. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - NOVEMBER 28 - People skate and take pictures at the Nathan Phillips Square ice rink during the Cavalcade of Lights event on November 28, 2015. (Carlos Osorio/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - NOVEMBER 28 - The city of Toronto's official Christmas Tree was lit at Nathan Phillips Square during the Cavalcade of Lights event on November 28, 2015. (Carlos Osorio/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
People gather around the Luminarie light sculpture during the Christmas light-up festival at Garden by the Bay in Singapore on November 27, 2015. AFP PHOTO / ROSLAN RAHMAN / AFP / ROSLAN RAHMAN (Photo credit should read ROSLAN RAHMAN/AFP/Getty Images)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 27: The unveiling and lighting of the Lego Christmas tree at Federation Square on November 27, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia. Over half a million Lego bricks were used to create the Christmas tree, while the Christmas star consists of 13,195 pieces. (Photo by Chris Hopkins/Getty Images)
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Luckily for all those Mariah Lambs out there, "All I Want for Christmas Is You" retains its top spot in Billboard's Holiday 100, its importance to the plot of Love, Actually, and its place in the hearts of millions who think a few glasses of rum-spiked eggnog mean they should sign up for karaoke at the company holiday party.

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