Song of the Day #3,840: ‘All I Want for Christmas is You’ – Mariah Carey

Women rule the Billboard Hot 100 this week, earning the top three spots. At #3 is Mariah Carey’s 1994 Christmas classic ‘All I Want for Christmas is You.’

This is only the second holiday song to reach the top five on this chart (the first was ‘The Chipmunk Song’ way back in 1958). It likely would have done so much sooner but for years Billboard’s rules prevented holiday songs, and then “recurrent” songs, from appearing on the Hot 100. The latter rule was changed in 2012, and the track has hit the Hot 100 several times since.

Last year it reached the Top 10 for the first time, and this year it has made it all the way to #3.

‘All I Want for Christmas is You’ is the 11th best-selling single of all-time and one of the few modern Christmas songs to receive widespread airplay alongside much older classics.

Carey herself wrote the song, along with frequent collaborator Walter Afanasieff.

[Intro]
I-I-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

[Verse 1]
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 (I)
Santa Claus won’t make me happy
With a toy on Christmas Day

[Chorus]
I just want you for my own (ooh, ooh, ooh)
More than you could ever know (oh, oh, oh)
Make my wish come true
All I want for Christmas is you
You, baby

[Verse 2]
Oh, I won’t ask for much this Christmas
I won’t even wish for snow (And I)
I’m just going to keep on waiting
Underneath the mistletoe
I won’t make a list and send it
To the North Pole for Saint Nick (I)
I won’t even stay awake to
Hear those magic reindeer click

[Chorus]
‘Cause I just want you here tonight (Ooh, ooh, ooh)
Holding on to me so tight (Oh, oh, oh)
What more can I do?
Oh baby, all I want for Christmas is you
You, baby

[Bridge]
Oh, all the lights are shining
So brightly everywhere (So brightly, baby)
And the sound of children’s
Laughter fills the air (Oh, oh)
And everyone is singing (Oh, yeah)
I hear those sleigh bells ringing (Yeah, oh)
Santa, won’t you bring me the one I really need? (Yeah, oh, oh)
Won’t you please bring my baby to me?, yeah

[Verse 3]
Oh, I don’t want a lot for Christmas
This is all I’m asking for (Ah)
I just want to see my baby
Standing right outside my door

[Chorus]
Oh, I just want you for my own (ooh)
More than you could ever know (oh, oh)
Make my wish come true
Oh baby, all I want for Christmas is…

[Outro]
You
You, baby all I want for Christmas is you, baby
You
All, all, all, all I want for Christmas is you, baby
You
All I want for Christmas is you, baby

One thought on “Song of the Day #3,840: ‘All I Want for Christmas is You’ – Mariah Carey

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    I’m not sold on this change in the Billboard rules relating to recurrent songs like this, but, of the modern day holiday songs, this is really one of the better ones.

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