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All I Want For Christmas Is You by Mariah Carey

Album: Merry ChristmasReleased: 1994Charted:
  • This Motown-flavored song has a simple message: Mariah Carey is not concerned about all the paraphernalia of Christmas - she just wants to be with her man.
  • This was co-written and co-produced by Carey and Walter Afanasieff, who started off as Whitney Houston's arranger and has co-produced and co-written many of Carey's hits, including "One Sweet Day" and "Hero." He also won a 1999 Grammy award for co-producing Celene Dion's "My Heart Will Go On."
  • In terms of airplay (at least in America), this is by far the most successful Christmas song written after 1963, when Bing Crosby recorded "Do You Hear What I Hear?." The most popular holiday songs on American radio were all written between 1934-1963, with "Sleigh Ride" (1948), usually the most-played.

    "All I Want For Christmas Is You" was not released as a commercial single, serving instead to drive sales of Mariah Carey's Merry Christmas album. On airplay, the song made #12 US in 1994 when it was first issued to radio stations as a promotional single. It returned to the Airplay chart at #35 each of the next two years, establishing a place on holiday playlists. By 1999, the Hot 100 no longer stipulated that a song had to be sold as a single to be eligible, and with airplay now a factor, "All I Want For Christmas Is You" made the chart at #83.

    In 2010, the song found a new audience when a version by Big Time Rush (as "All I Want For Christmas") made #124. In 2011, it nicked the charts with recordings by Justin Bieber & Mariah (#86), Michael Bublé (#99), and the Glee Cast (#118). There is one modern Christmas song that has beat this one for US chart position: Justin Bieber's "Mistletoe" made #11 in 2011.

    In the UK, the chart positions are even more impressive. It was prevented from being the 1994 Christmas #1 by "Stay Another Day" by East 17. Thanks to downloads (our friends in the UK tend to buy a lot of music around Christmas), the song made #4 in 2007, #12 in 2008, #18 in 2009 and #22 in 2010. We can't declare it the most successful UK Christmas song of the modern era because "Do They Know It's Christmas?" has made #1 in some form three times since 1984.
  • In December 2006 this became the first ringtone to achieve a RIAA gold certification for sales of over 500,000.
  • Vince Vance & the Valiants released a completely different song called "All I Want For Christmas Is You" in 1989. That one, which was written by Troy Powers and Andy Stone, has a similar sentiment, but more of a country vibe. It made a few appearances on the Country chart around Christmas time in the '90s.
  • An English farmer named Angus Wielkopolski discovered that goats produce more milk listening to this tune than any other song. The discovery was made at St. Helen's farm near York where staff listen to music while they milk the cows. They found that the goats produced up to half a pint more when Carey's famous Christmas track was played. We hope they don't play Herman's Hermit's "No Milk Today" for the goats!
  • Justin Bieber recorded a cover of this song for his 2011 Under the Mistletoe album. He originally cut the song in a lower range, before Carey suggested that they record it as a duet, with the Canadian teen star reverting his vocals to her original key. However, Bieber's voice broke just before he hit the studio, which made it the hardest track on the album for him to record. "Yes, that was high," the Biebster told Billboard magazine. "But I grinded it out and we got it down."

    The video for this duet shows Mariah in a skimpy Santa outfit showing off how well she recovered her form after having twins. The clip, chock full of product placement, shows Beiber and Carey in a department store setting, although most of the shots have them appearing separately. Carey is very particular about how she appears on screen, and if you look carefully, you'll see that her shots have a different video treatment than Bieber's. Mariah prefers a look created by shooting at double speed and then slowing it down in post production, generating a nice film effect. This means she has to sing at double speed, and also might explain why in the shots at the end, we don't see Justin doing any "singing."
  • In Japan, this became Carey's first Japanese chart-topper, selling over a million units.
  • Carey was married to Sony Music executive Tommy Mottola when this was released. In his book Hitmaker, Mottola claims that she initially balked at doing a Christmas album, since she thought it would damage her hip-hop credibility. When she saw the now-famous cover with her dressed in Santawear, she said, "What are you trying to do, turn me into Connie Francis?"
  • A children's picture book inspired by and featuring all the lyrics of this song was published on November 10, 2015. The All I Want For Christmas Is You book recounts the story of a Mariah-esque little girl, whose greatest Christmas wish is for a new puppy.
  • The conservative magazine The Weekly Standard devoted the cover story of their December 21, 2015 issue to "The debasement of Christmas songs," with this track cited as a prime offender. "'All I Want' is a bit of musical misdirection, a love song swaddled in Christmas clothes (velvet miniskirt, Santa cap)," Andrew Ferguson wrote. "The seasonal references to reindeer and snow and Santa and Christmas trees are used as a means to convey the singer's earthier, and less Christmassy, need for a hunk-a hunk-a burning love."
  • A cover by child star Olivia Olsen was used at the climax of the 2003 holiday feel-good film Love Actually.
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Comments: 5

I agree with James, this song was ripped off. It is a very close copy of the song by Vince Vance and Valiants which came out in 1992. Carey and a big corporation (Sony) ripped off the title and even some of the words are similar. The song by Vince Vance and sung by Lisa Layne is a better Christmas song.Coy - Palestine, Tx
the vince vance song is horrible.i like the one by mariah carey much better!Ce - Miami, Fl
The Vince Vance song is nice, but wanting a significant other for Christmas isn't really an original idea, so Carey didn't "steal" the song. There are plenty of songs out there with the same title.Carrie - Roanoke, Va
Mariah Carey is a rip off. This title and song was released in 1992 by Vince Vance and The Valiants and sung by the incredible Lisa Layne.
Written by Andy Stone and Troy Powers of Dallas Tx.
Its a damn shame that Ms. Carey was able to use the same words as a title for her song. Her lyrics are different.
The Vince Vance song is my preference.
James - Ft. Worth Tx., Tx
Aww, this is one of my favourite christmas songs. People tend to download it in their thousands in December.Louise - Newcastle, United Kingdom
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