All I Want for Christmas Is You

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"All I Want for Christmas Is You"
Single by Mariah Carey
from the album Merry Christmas
B-side "Miss You Most (At Christmas Time)"
Released November 1, 1994[source?]
  • CD single
  • 7”
  • cassette single
Length 4:01
Label Columbia
  • Mariah Carey
  • Walter Afanasieff
Certification 2× Platinum + Gold (RIAA)
Mariah Carey singles chronology
"Anytime You Need a Friend"
"All I Want for Christmas Is You"
"Joy to the World"

"All I Want for Christmas Is You" is an extremely popular Christmas song first done by Mariah Carey for her fourth studio album Merry Christmas. It was first released in November 1994. The lyrics of the song declare that the protagonist doesn't care about the Christmas presents or lights and that all she is wanting is to be united alongside her lover for the Christmas holidays. The song has been remixed and covered by other musicians, such as The Cheetah Girls, Shania Twain, Miley Cyrus and John Mayer since it was introduced. Carey wrote and produced the song with her longtime collaborator Walter Afanasieff.

The song's length is 4 minutes and 1 second.

The song has reached number two on the UK Singles Chart. On December 18, 2017, Billboard announced that the song had reached the top ten on the Hot 100 for the first time in the 23 years that the song was released. It has so far reached number 9 on the Hot 100 and number 5 in Canada.[1]

Popular culture[change | change source]

In December 2016, British talk show host James Corden recorded a version of the song as part of his Carpool Karaoke segment on CBS's The Late Late Show. The video features British musicians Adele, Elton John, and Chris Martin, along with American entertainers Lady Gaga, Selena Gomez, Nick Jonas, Demi Lovato, Gwen Stefani, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Carey herself, singing lines from the song. As of December 2017, this version has over 34 million views on YouTube.[2]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Mariah Carey's 'All I Want for Christmas Is You' Hits Hot 100's Top 10 for First Time, 'Perfect' Still No. 1". Billboard. Retrieved 2017-12-19. 
  2. The Late Late Show with James Corden (2016-12-15), 'All I Want for Christmas' Carpool Karaoke, retrieved 2017-12-19