All I Want For Christmas Is…


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Jada Portillo, Opinion Editor

Christmas trees, lights, inflatable snowmen…

Its finally time to spread Christmas cheer, and why not with an iconic holiday classic by American singer-songwriter Mariah Carey? “All I Want For Christmas Is You” made in 1994, has been the world’s favorite for almost twenty six years, netting Carey more than sixty million dollars over the years. Retail workers are quite done with the song while others listen to “All I Want For Christmas Is You” as if it were the first time they heard it. This song is beautifully made for your ears and perfect for background music under a mistletoe. 

Carey co-wrote and produced the track with Walter Afanasieff for her fourth studio album and first holiday album, Merry Christmas (1994). Twenty years ago, Christmas albums and music were not as popular as they are now. Nobody then made any hit Christmas songs or didn’t even bother to produce festive music. Of course, Carey had doubts being a new artist in the industry and going outside the zone no one ever dared to go. She released the album, Merry Christmas, with her fingers crossed, and she succeeded. Carey’s track was a kickstart into her musical career, bringing her incoming fame and fortune. The song is an up-tempo love song that uses bells, chimes, claps, snares, synthesizers and a AABA song structure, creating a Christmas Lovey-Dovey vibe for anyone to listen to. 

The song remains Carey’s biggest international successes, reaching number one on billboards in numerous countries like Australia, France, Canada, Germany and the United States. In 2019the track went to Billboards Top 100 twenty-five years after the original release date. Carey’s song broke several records such as the longest trip to reach number one on Billboard. The track has an estimate in sales of over sixteen million copies and remains the best-selling Christmas single by a female artist, and one of the best-selling singles in history. In 2019, a music video for “All I Want For Christmas Is You was made honoring the twenty-fifth anniversary of the track, which has over fifty-five million views while the original video made in 1994 has over 647 million views. 

After almost twenty-six years Carey’s track is remembered to bthe most iconic Christmas single ever. To the many years to come the song will only grow, making babies dance, couples gush, friends connect and Carey’s bank blossom.