All I Want for Christmas Is You was released by Columbia Records as the lead single from Mariah Carey's
fourth studio album, Merry Christmas. Mariah co-wrote and co-produced the song with Walter Afanasieff.
Rolling Stone ranked it fourth on its Greatest Rock and Roll Christmas Songs list, calling it a "holiday
standard." With global sales of over 12 million copies, the song remains Carey's biggest international
hit and one of the best-selling singles of all time.
From the Album
The Lyrics declare that the singer does not care about Christmas presents or lights;
all she wants for Christmas is to spend time with her lover.
The song was inspired by Carey's romantic sentiments toward her then-husband Tommy Mottola.
Mariah explained the inspiration behind the song:
"I'm a very festive person and I love the holidays. I've sung Christmas songs since I was a little girl.
I used to go Christmas caroling. When it came to the album, we had to have a nice balance between
standard Christian hymns and fun songs. It was definitely a priority for me to write at least a few
new songs, but for the most part people really want to hear the standards at Christmas time,
no matter how good a new song is."
Merry Christmas (1994)
"Miss You Most (At Christmas Time)"
"Joy to the World"
Christmas, pop, R&B, dance-pop
All I Want For Christmas Trivia
• In December 2006 this became the first ringtone to achieve an RIAA gold certification for sales
of over 500,000.
• A cover by child star Olivia Olsen was used at the climax of the 2003 holiday film Love Actually
• In Japan, this became Carey's first Japanese chart-topper, selling over a million units.
• English farmer Angus Wielkopolski discovered that goats produce more milk listening to
this tune than any other song. They found that the goats produced up to half a pint more when the song was played.
"All I Want For Christmas Is You" on YouTube
The primary video was shot in the style of a home video; it was directed and filmed by Carey during
the Christmas season of 1993.
Mariah Carey Tour Dates:
"I wanted to do something really special and traditional for the video. I already had the concept and idea,
all I needed was a good director's lead. We kinda did this thing with Tommy as Santa Claus,
and he spends pretty much the entire video with me in the snow. I really liked the way the
video turned out. It was very cute and smooth, and I feel like it easily captured the song's
soft and yearning message."