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“All I Want for Christmas Is You” is a Christmas song performed by American singer and songwriter Mariah Carey. She wrote and produced the song alongside Walter Afanasieff. Columbia Records released it on November 1, 1994, as the lead single from her fourth studio album and first holiday album, Merry Christmas (1994). It is an uptempo love song that includes bell chimes and heavy back-up vocals, as well as use of synthesizers.
Two music videos were commissioned for the song: the song’s primary music 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 format, and features Carey dressed in 1960s style in homage to The Ronettes, alongside back up singers and female dancers.
Carey has performed “All I Want for Christmas Is You” in numerous live television appearances and tours throughout her career. In 2010, Carey re-recorded the song for her second holiday album, Merry Christmas II You, titled “All I Want for Christmas Is You (Extra Festive)”. Carey also re-recorded the song as a duet with Canadian singer Justin Bieber for his 2011 album Under the Mistletoe, titled “All I Want for Christmas for You (SuperFestive!)”. The song has also been covered by many artists over the years.
In the years since its original release, “All I Want for Christmas Is You” has been critically lauded; it was once called “one of the few worthy modern additions to the holiday canon” in The New Yorker. It has become established as a Christmas standard and continues to surge in popularity each holiday season. The song was commercially successful, topping the charts in the Czech Republic, Hungary, the Netherlands, Norway, Slovenia, and Spain while reaching number two in Australia, Japan, and the United Kingdom, and the top 10 in several other countries. With global sales of over 16 million copies, the song remains Carey’s biggest international success and is the 11th best-selling single of all time. As of 2017, the song was reported to have earned $60 million in royalties.