Skip navigation! Story from Music. All you want for Christmas is to hear Mariah Carey on repeat. Seriously, we get it, every time the Queen of Christmas Music hits those high notes an angel gets its wings, possibly. It sounds good, though, right? The problem is not everyone wants to just hear that song until December the 26th. It was recently voted the most annoying Christmas song in a UK poll. Especially since, fun fact, you could reasonably listen to that iconic four-minute-long track just under times in the span of 24 hours. We definitely don't advise this. For your holiday playlist throw in a few of Carey's perhaps lesser-known festive songs like a Santa-centric bop from this decade and a sweet birthday song for Jesus.
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You could hear it throughout the house," Carey said in the documentary. A self-described "terrible piano player," she started plunking around on an old Casio keyboard. However, according to Afanasieff, he played the piano as they wrote the original melody together. A representative for Carey could not be reached for comment. Obviously, I couldn't have been more wrong.
The festive track, a veritable pop masterpiece written and performed by Carey with a co-writing assist from her longtime collaborator at the time, Walter Afanasieff has consistently dominated not only the holiday music charts, but the zeitgeist since it made its joyous debut in Now, 25 years and endless screenings of Love, Actually later, the song has become on of the ultimate modern Christmas anthems, unrivaled by any of its contemporary peers and more than able to hold its own with longtime favorites of the holiday canon. Case in point? Last year, Nielsen found that total digital streaming of audio and video for the song clocked in at just under million, while digital sales of the song were k and radio airplay checked in at over 42, The multi-platinum song consistently tops the Billboard Holiday Hot and made history in early when it hit 3 on the Billboard Hot , becoming the first holiday song in 60 years to break the top 5 and the second-ever holiday song to chart that high. But the savvy songwriting and themes of the song have played an integral role in the success of the track as well. As is her wont, Carey knew exactly what she wanted and kept the melody true to her vision, resulting in a song that Afanasieff says has stayed on top due to precisely that — its uptempo sound, a near rarity in the offerings of American Christmas songs. That song in particular is now neurologically built into the zeitgeist. Lest listeners forget while listening to her hit the whistle register, Carey wrote 17 of her 18 1 hits , a feat that astounds on multiple levels. She just sat down one day and literally invented Christmas.
She co-wrote and co-produced it with Walter Afanasieff for her fourth studio album and first holiday album , Merry Christmas 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. 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 s style in homage to The Ronettes , alongside back up singers and female dancers.