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The Shins react to dethroning Mariah Carey for No. 1 Christmas song: 'It was just a matter of time'

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Yuuki Matthews and James Mercer of The Shins (Barry Brecheisen/WireImage)

Mariah Carey may be the biggest Christmas diva of all time, but her holiday classic “All I Want For Christmas Is You” was recently knocked down from its No. 1 spot.

PlayNetwork, a company that creates playlists for more than 400 stores, announced this week that her iconic 1994 track was bumped to No. 2, and instead The Shins’ cover of Paul McCartney’s “Wonderful Christmastime” was deemed the most popular holiday song consumers want to hear most this time of year.

When asked how the band felt about their newest accolade, frontman James Mercer told EW in a statement, “Well, we’ve always been super-popular on the Island of Misfit Toys so it was just a matter of time before the human world embraced our incredible Christmas spirit!”

Carey, who’s currently in the middle of her eight-night Christmas concert series at New York’s Beacon Theatre has not reacted publicly to the news.

Reporting by Kevin O’Donnell