Many of the favorite things mentioned in this song don't cost a thing; raindrops on roses and silver-white winters, for example. Decades later, the "favorite things" concept became more materialistic, especially when Oprah Winfrey turned it into an annual event spotlighting products like DVD players and designer jeans. "Oprah's Favorite Things" became a buying guide for the holidays, which in turn associated the song with the Christmas season, pushing it onto more holiday playlists. With mentions of winter and sleigh bells, it's no less festive than other Christmas songs that don't specifically reference the holiday
, but in modern times it became more about buying something than about making something or simply enjoying the beauty of your surroundings.
In 2018, Ariana Grande took the song into the luxury segment when she used the melody on her track "7 Rings
," where she lists diamonds among her favorite things and sings about how money can indeed buy happiness:Whoever said money can't solve your problems
Must not have had enough money to solve 'em