All I Want for Christmas Is You

Mariah Carey

About All I Want for Christmas Is You

"All I Want for Christmas Is You" is a Christmas song recorded by American singer and songwriter Mariah Carey. She co-wrote and co-produced it with Walter Afanasieff for her fourth studio album and first holiday album, Merry Christmas (1994). Columbia Records released it as the lead single from the album on October 29, 1994. The track is an uptempo love song that includes bell chimes, heavy back-up vocals, and synthesizers. Upon release, "All I Want for Christmas Is You" has been critically acclaimed, with The New Yorker calling it "one of the few worthy modern additions to the holiday canon. " The song remains Carey's biggest international success, reaching number one in numerous countries, including Australia, Canada, France, Germany, and the United States. In 2019, the song topped the Billboard Hot 100 for the first time, 25 years since its original release, thus breaking several records, including the longest trip to number one. With an estimated sales of over 16 million copies, it remains the best selling Christmas single by a female artist and one of the best-selling singles of all time. As of 2017, the song was reported to have earned $60 million in royalties. Two music videos were originally commissioned for the song. The primary video features grainy home-movie-style footage of Carey, her dogs and family during the holiday season, as well as Carey dressed in a Santa suit frolicking on a snowy mountainside. Carey's then-husband Tommy Mottola makes a cameo appearance as Santa Claus, bringing Carey a gift and leaving on a red sleigh. The second video was filmed in black and white, and features Carey dressed in 1960s style in homage to The Ronettes, alongside back up singers and female dancers. A third music video directed by Joseph Kahn was released in 2019 to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the song. 


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I don't want a lot for Christmas
There is just one thing I need
I don't care about the presents
Underneath the Christmas tree
I just want you for my own
More than you could ever know
Make my wish come true oh
All I want for Christmas is you

I don't want a lot for Christmas
There is just one thing I need, and I
Don't care about the presents
Underneath the Christmas tree
I don't need to hang my stocking
There upon the fireplace
Santa Claus won't make me happy
With a toy on Christmas day

I just want you for my own
More than you could ever know
Make my wish come true
All I want for Christmas is you

I won't ask for much this Christmas
I won't even wish for snow, and I
I just wanna keep on waiting
Underneath the mistletoe

I won't make a list and send it
To the North Pole for Saint Nick
I won't even stay awake
To hear those magic reindeer click

'Cause I just want you here tonight
Holding on to me so tight
What more can I do
Oh, Baby all I want for Christmas is you

All the lights are shining
So brightly everywhere
And the sound of children's
Laughter fills the air

And everyone is singing
I hear those sleigh bells ringing
Santa won't you bring me
The one I really need
Won't you please bring my baby to me quickly

I don't want a lot for Christmas
This is all I'm asking for
I just wanna see my baby
Standing right outside my door

I just want you for my own
More than you could ever know
Make my wish come true
Baby all I want for Christmas is you

All I want for Christmas is you, baby

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Mariah Carey

Mariah Carey (born March 27, 1969) is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, and actress. She made her recording debut in 1990 under the guidance of Columbia Records executive Tommy Mottola, and released her self-titled debut studio album, Mariah Carey. The album went multi-platinum and spawned four consecutive number one singles, on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart. Following her marriage to Mottola in 1993, a series of hit records, including Emotions (1991), Music Box (1993) and Merry Christmas (1994), established her position as Columbia's highest-selling act. Daydream (1995), made music history when the second single, "One Sweet Day" a duet with Boyz II Men, spent a record sixteen weeks on top of the Billboard Hot 100, and remains… more »

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Written by: Mariah Carey, Walter N. Afanasieff

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

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10 facts about this song

Collaboration
"All I Want for Christmas Is You" was originally sung by Mariah Carey alone in 1994. It was not until 2011 that Justin Bieber was featured in a version of the song.
Success
The song, even though it is a holiday song, has achieved significant success. It peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 2011 when Bieber and Carey collaborated on the remix.
Music Video
The music video for the song starts with Bieber shopping before he and Carey start singing separately. They later join forces in a winter wonderland setting.
Album Inclusion
The collaboration version of "All I Want for Christmas Is You" is included in Justin Bieber's album "Under the Mistletoe", which is a Christmas-themed album he released in 2011.
Cover Versions
While many artists have covered Mariah Carey's "All I Want for Christmas Is You," the Justin Bieber duet version is one of the most well-known renditions.
Song Genre
The song is known for being holiday pop song infused with upbeat R&B beats.
Charity Involvement
Sales from "Under the Mistletoe" album, which included the song, supported various charities. Bieber donated portions of the album's proceeds to Pencils of Promise and the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Evergreen Popularity
With every holiday season, the song sees a surge in popularity and streams, consistently ranking on Christmas music charts and radio playlists.
Sound Change
The version with Justin Bieber offers a slightly different sound than Carey's original 1994 version, with Bieber providing his pop stylings to the song. His parts are often described as youthful and effervescent.
Impactful Feature
The feature with Bieber brought a new younger audience to the song, further amplifying its timeless status.

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