Christmas Music Playlists with Mariah Carey Songs
Christmas Is A Glittering Affair 'round The Carey's
Factfile - Mariah Carey
- All I Want For Christmas Is You, written by Carey & Walter Afanasieff in 1994, has sold over 12 million copies, placing it 12th in the list of best selling physical singles of all time.
- It featured on Carey's first Christmas album in 1994: Merry Christmas has sold over 15 million copies globally and is the best-selling holiday album of all time.
- Merry Christmas II You (2010) included a re-working of All I Want For Christmas Is You and the lead single "Oh Santa!".
- Carey is currently working on a musical based on Merry Christmas; of which she has said "Since I recorded the Christmas album, I've always wanted to make a movie to go with it, something that people could watch and hear and enjoy every year. I'm into it. I'm all about the holiday season."
The enduring influence of Christmas music can often mean that an artist is defined by their biggest Christmas song. 'White Christmas' will always be on the tip of people's tongue when you mention Bing Crosby and for Nat King Cole it is most definitely 'The Christmas Song' that springs to mind. In Mariah Carey's case it is the song she co-wrote with Walter Afanasieff that she will forever be associated with. Throughout her career Carey has taken plenty of low blows from the critics but when it comes to 'All I Want For Christmas Is You' she appears impervious to criticism. 'All I Want For Christmas Is You' is now universally regarded as a modern Christmas classic and is ubiquitous on every music portal in the run-up to December 25th. This extravaganza of a tune was the leading light on her first Christmas album, 'Merry Christmas', which came out in 1994. Carey, no doubt, knew what a winner she had on her hands and helped her cause no end by shooting two promotional videos. The first focused on the Carey household Christmas experience shot through a series of home recordings. The second usurped the majority of the promo video budget as it perfectly recalled the girl groups of the 1960’s and looked and felt as if it had been drawn from Phil Spector’s personal video library.
‘Merry Christmas' boasted a grand sweep of genres that included pop (‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’), gospel (‘Silent Night’) and occasionally 60’s girl-group (‘Christmas, (Baby Please Come Home)’) over its 10 tracks. It was Carey's intention that the album would feel like a traditional Christmas release which meant that it included refurbished takes on old standards as well as a coterie of originals that she wrote with Afanasieff. Of the originals 'Miss You Most (at Christmas Time)' took the laurels for the LP’s heartbreaker, 'Jesus Born on This Day' had plenty of old world charm while the closing 'Jesus, Oh What a Wonderful Child' saw Carey harmonising with a lively gospel choir.
It was always going to be a hard task to outdo the success of 'Merry Christmas' so rather than reinventing the wheel Carey decided to replicate it by releasing a seasonal follow-up called 'Merry Christmas II You'. The album came out a full 16 years (in 2010) after its sibling with a reworking of 'All I Want For Christmas Is You' acting as a neat bridge between the two. 'Merry Christmas II You' contained 4 new Christmas recordings as well as several medley's including ‘O Come All Ye Faithful/Hallelujah Chorus’ which she sang with her opera singing mother Patricia. The album's lead track was a new composition called 'Oh Santa!' which while overly heavy on percussion could not be faulted for the exuberant praise it heaped on the red-cheeked one. The orchestral heavy ‘Christmas Time Is In The Air Again’ was another delight, a fab new Christmas song for a brand new decade.
While 'Merry Christmas II You' perhaps lacked the dash of the original 'Merry Christmas' Carey again proved that she had a genuine love for the season. The album was marketed via a TV special called 'Mariah Carey: Merry Christmas To You' with Carey singing most of its tracks with a support slot from her mother. Much like her original Christmas album 'Merry Christmas II You' has shown admirable resilience with a new version of album track 'When Christmas Comes' coming out in 2011 with singer John Legend adding weight to the song’s dynamics. A year later and ‘Christmas Time Is In The Air Again’ was given the single treatment ensuring that Mariah Carey retains her ability to be a constant throughout the holiday season.
I don't want a lot for Christmas
Mariah Carey, All I Want For Christmas Is You
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
Mariah Carey Christmas Album & Single Covers