The Queen of Christmas has been dethroned.
Mariah Carey’s 1994 yuletide anthem “All I Want for Christmas Is You” has ended its decades-long reign as the most-played holiday song in retail stores, Paste magazine reports.
For the first time in 20 years, shoppers are more likely to hear a different festive tune: indie band The Shins’ cover of Paul McCartney’s polarizing “Wonderful Christmastime,” widely considered to be one of the former Beatle’s worst songs.
The Shins’ cover debuted on the 2012 compilation album “Holidays Rule,” which also featured songs from Rufus Wainwright, The Civil Wars and McCartney himself.
Santa Claus and Mariah Carey perform during a pre-air performance for NBC’s Christmas tree lighting at Rockefeller Center on Nov. 27, 2012.
A top-20 list released by PlayNetwork, an entertainment company that partners with more than 400 retail brands to curate their in-store playlists, revealed the Christmas coup this week.
Carey’s song now ranks second, per the Seattle-based company, followed by Christina Aguilera’s “Christmas Time,” The Waitresses’ “Christmas Wrapping” and Jack Johnson’s “Someday at Christmas.”
McCartney’s own rendition of “Wonderful Christmastime” falls much lower on the list, at no. 17.
The Shins are the new sheriff in town.
“Classics and covers tend to reign supreme,” PlayNetwork Director of Music Services Julia Cummings said in a statement. “The songs themselves transcend demographics, which is why we see the same titles more than once but performed by different artists.”
Fear not, Carey fans — the pop powerhouse’s iconic tune holds steady at No. 1 on Billboard’s current Holiday 100 list.
She’s also in the midst of an “All I Want for Christmas Is You” mini-concert series at New York’s Beacon Theatre, which will be reproduced as a Hallmark Channel special airing Dec. 19.