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All I Want For Christmas Is You
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All I Want For Christmas Is You

Mariah Carey
Album:
Merry Christmas

Meaning of the song All I Want For Christmas Is You by Mariah Carey


With global sales of over 16 million copies, All I want for Christmas is you has become a modern day classic. It re-enters Billboard’s Holiday 100 chart every year and is Carey's best-selling single of all time.


After the success of her 1993 best-selling album Music Box, Carey’s then husband Tommy Mottola suggested that she record a Christmas album. She agreed and began decorating her New York City home with festive lights and ornaments while working on ideas for the project.


Songwriters Carey and Walter Afanasieff crafted the chords, structure, and melody of All I want for Christmas is you in less than an hour. A lush bed of keyboards reminiscent of producer Phil Spector’s Wall of Sound, a soulful vocal chorus, robust oohs, tension-creating counter-melodies and festive harmonies rounded out the track to create a merry classic.


The song also became the first holiday hit to achieve Diamond status, the highest tier of Gold and Platinum awards, making it one of the most successful songs in music history. A children’s book was even released based on the track.


Lyrics of All I Want For Christmas Is You by Mariah Carey


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

All I want for Christmas is you, yeah

 

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

You, baby

 

Oh, I won't ask for much this Christmas

I won't even wish for snow

And I'm just gonna 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?

Baby, all I want for Christmas is you

You, baby

 

Oh, 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?

 

Oh, 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

 

Oh, 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

You, baby

 

All I want for Christmas is you, baby

Release Date

1994

Songwriter/s

Mariah Carey, Walter Afanasieff

Producer/s

Afanasieff, Carey

Label/s

Columbia

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