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Mariah Carey is Christmas: The Story of ‘All I Want for Christmas is You’ | Amazon Music

December 14, 2019


(“All I Want For Christmas
Is You” by Mariah Carey) – First thing that you must realize, people love every inch of that song. They know the bassline, the drumbeat, the piano part. They know the sax part, they
know the background vocals. When you say Christmas, it’s Mariah’s favorite time of the year. It’s her favorite holiday. Mariah Carey is Christmas. ♪ Is ♪ ♪ You ♪ (swishing) – The thing is, I always
wanted Christmas to be perfect and I always looked
forward to the holidays. And then I have this
incredibly dysfunctional family that would ruin it every year. Not my mom, my mom would
try to make it fun. But we didn’t have a lot of money so sometimes she would wrap up fruit and whatever it was (laughs)
that she could afford. And I was like when I grow up, I’m never gonna let that happen. I’m gonna make Christmas
perfect every year. ♪ Silent night ♪ – Mariah has always been
a lover of the holidays. She loves to go away to Aspen. She wants snow on the ground. We’ve gone up there and had
reindeer and Santa Claus. (laughs) I mean she goes all out. – I used to call her
Mariah Clause. (laughs) Listen, she loves Christmas. – I have such an emotional
connection to Christmas. And it wasn’t about the gifts. It was just about the
hopefulness of the holiday season and just feeling in the spirit, and the need for me to express myself and make a song that made me feel happy at the holidays. (“Silent Night” by Mariah Carey) I was approached by the record company. This is like after I had
done two albums and an EP, somewhere in there. And they were like “Why don’t
you do a Christmas album?” And I just felt like don’t
people usually do that later on in their career? ♪ Jesus ♪ ♪ Jesus ♪ ♪ Oh what a wonderful child ♪ ♪ Jesus ♪ – To release a Christmas
album three to four years into your career was practically
unheard of at the time. A Christmas album was
something that you saved to finish out your record contract. – I didn’t quite understand it but in retrospect, it
was really a good idea because it just captured
that specific moment in time. – We talked about it, talked
about it in the label. The thought of a Christmas record was like well, I guess we’re just
gonna do a bunch of covers in the public domain or whatever. And it was like “Yeah, but I
wanna write some new ones.” Hang on a minute, easy
goin’ there, that’s tough. – “Baby, It’s Cold Outside”,
the “White Christmas”, these classics that are beautiful songs written by some of the best songwriters that America had ever seen. That’s typically what
went on a Christmas album. – It’s very safe to put out
a cover of a holiday song because people like the standards, partially because there’s
so many memories involved. It’s a family tradition. Every generation knows “Jingle Bells” or “Have Yourself A
Merry Little Christmas”. If you put out a new song, it’s not gonna have that
same emotional weight. So there’s sort of a risk involved. – To come up with an original holiday song that becomes a hit, next to impossible. ♪ To see King Jesus where He lay ♪ ♪ In a manger filled with hay ♪ – What I did was I said “Let me try and get into
the Christmas spirit.” I was living in this
house, upstate New York. Actually, I put on “It’s A
Wonderful Life” downstairs. You could hear it throughout the house. And I went into this small room and there was a little keyboard in there. And I started playing. And I’m a terrible piano player, right? Sometimes it’ll be like a happy accident. (“All I Want For Christmas
Is You” by Mariah Carey) – It was done very quickly
and kind of came out organically, which the best songs do. Sometimes when you know that
the melody is the melody, it just comes out naturally. – To make a Christmas
song that’s really you, that embodies your style,
is really hard to do. But you’re like what if
I can write something with a different melody that reminded me of bein’ a child of Christmas. – Whether it’s like the presents
under the Christmas tree, of course, hanging your stocking, the lights, the snow, all those things. My favorite line in the song is “I won’t even wish for snow” because I always wish for snow. I always want it to be a special
festive winter wonderland. I always have. And so when I was writing
these things down, I made a list of the
stuff that I’ve thought of since childhood and crafted it and turned it into be
about a long lost love. That part is something
that I’ll always remember. Just the quietness of
being there in that room and playing, and then writing and changing a Christmas
song into a love song back into a Christmas song
and making it all one thing. (“All I Want For Christmas
Is You” by Mariah Carey) When I got into the studio with Walter A., we came up with a lot of different ideas to make it feel like a classic. (audience applauds) I wanted “All I Want For Christmas Is You” to feel like something I
could’ve grown up listening to. I decorated the studio. It wasn’t Christmastime but I was like we’re
gonna get into that vibe. – The studio looked like Christmas. The temperature was cold. There were ornaments,
there were Christmas trees and Christmas candles. – I was standing in the booth and I would look into the engineers area and the whole window was outlined with colorful Christmas lights. And it was just transforming the moment, whatever time of year, even in the middle of summer. – But this makes you happy. You just wanna sing and dance. – It all comes down to the song itself. It’s just so catchy. I think its elements of girl group, Motown’s 50’s, 60’s song
gives it some familiarity. – “All I Want For Christmas Is You” doesn’t even sound like the 90s. It doesn’t sound like the 80s. It sounds more like the 60s. And there was something about that Phil Spector-y, Ronettes vibe that I think probably
signaled to whoever heard it that it would be a timeless song. ♪ Make my wish come true ♪ – It had all of that that you loved but with a new twist. – When the bells lead into
the slow, balladish intro and then kick in with this festive beat. ♪ You ♪ It was not of the time. It’s still not of the time. – The melody for one. ♪ I don’t want a lot for Christmas ♪ ♪ There is just one thing I need ♪ ♪ And I ♪ It’s amazing. It’s one of the reasons it’s so classic. – It was really inspired by songs from the 60s or the 50s, where you couldn’t help but be happy when you heard them. ♪ The fireplace ♪ I was tryin’ to do my own version of the Wall of Sound. Those background vocal parts that become almost the lead. ♪ Want you for my own ♪ ♪ Ooh-ooh-ooh ♪ – She knows how to hone
in and not make the song sound like 1994. The harmonies, the way the music was done. It’s just a great classic song. – You almost think when you hear it, I’ve heard this before. But you haven’t. – It means so much to me
to be able to sing the song with people all over the world. Countries where they don’t
even celebrate Christmas. To share experiences with people that have had this song
as a part of their lives, growin’ up with the song. ♪ For Saint Nick ♪ ♪ I won’t even stay awake ♪ – Sometimes in Japan, because that single is the
biggest song ever in Japan, we’ll have to perform
“All I Want for Christmas” when the flowers are in
bloom (laughs) in the spring. – And it gets more applause
than the other songs. It’s always such a rush for me. It’s a great feeling. ♪ Ooh ♪ ♪ You, baby ♪ ♪ Oh-oh ♪ – The Billboard Hot 100 in 1994 was based on just song
sales and radio airplay. Nowadays, it’s still song
sales, still radio airplay, but also, streaming. – When I first made the record, it wasn’t as big a hit as it is now. – The song originally charted
from its radio airplay, got to number 12 on the
overall radio songs chart. It wasn’t in the top 40
of the Billboard Hot 100 until this decade. – The release of “Love
Actually” just completely amplified the song. I mean it gave it just like
a completely different light and a whole new life. – Since 2011, we’ve had a
chart called the Holiday 100. Mariah Carey’s song has been
number one on that chart for 35 cumulative weeks this decade. It’s basically the “All I Want
For Christmas Is You” chart. – It’s grown in popularity over the years and that’s the thing that’s
amazing to me about this song. Its highest peak was last year. – The song entered the top ten and it was the first
time in almost 60 years that a new, original Christmas
song charted that high. – That’s the highest any
holiday song has gotten, other than “The Chipmunk
Song” by The Chipmunks back in 1958. It did something that no holiday
song has done in 60 years. A lot of people have been wondering is the song gonna get to number one on the Billboard Hot 100. It got to number three last year. Keeps getting bigger every year. Is this the year it finally happens? – I think really good
chances that it will be. It is so consumed. I mean that’s the best way
to describe how many people listen to it around the holidays. That’s the Christmas song
that everybody loves. And people can celebrate
and be happy together when they hear it. ♪ I don’t want a lot for Christmas ♪ ♪ This is all ♪ – ‘Cause I think everyone
around the holidays, you put on Christmas music
to get in the spirit. You have the smell of the candles. It brings back when you were a child. – I think that that’s something you really can’t fabricate. The emotional connection has to be pure. – It’s just a feelgood song. We hear it every Christmas holiday and it puts you right
in the Christmas spirit. ♪ Is ♪ ♪ You ♪ ♪ Ooh ♪ I just remember where I was coming from as
a writer and a producer, creating the song, and wanting it to feel like a classic and a modern classic. It was an accomplishment for
me that I was really proud of. ♪ Ooh, baby ♪ ♪ Is you ♪ (audience cheers)
(audience applauds) Merry Christmas!

100 Comments

  • Reply anne del rey December 13, 2019 at 8:05 am

    this is so festive i really love it

  • Reply Megan Rivera December 13, 2019 at 8:33 am

    Listen. YOU GONE LEARN TO RESPECT THIS LEGEND MARIAH CAREY TODAY if you don’t already. She invented the christmas spirit

  • Reply Barbs December 13, 2019 at 8:38 am

    If this song went #1, Mariah will break 3 Billboard records.

    1.) 19th #1 (2nd most overall)
    2.) Most cumulative weeks at number one with 80 or 81 weeks. (Breaking the tie with Elvis Presley)
    3.) Longest climbs to number one. (Surpassing Macarena) 👏👏

  • Reply Silviu-Ştefan Panaite December 13, 2019 at 8:50 am

    Yes, Mariah Carey is a part of Christmas, but Chirstmas is Jesus. I apreciate this lady, her voice, is absolutely the most popular singer. All I want to remember is the Jesus birth…no decoration, Santa….Merry Christmas guysss!! ✔

  • Reply HSIEN Yen December 13, 2019 at 9:00 am

    Christmas = Mimi day

  • Reply 5va December 13, 2019 at 9:24 am

    Best Christmas Album in History!!! Thank you God for the gift of Mariah Carey 🙏

  • Reply CaapriceTube December 13, 2019 at 9:27 am

    ICONIC 👏🏾👏🏾
    Mariah is a genius. We need a musical based around the song itself.

  • Reply 5va December 13, 2019 at 9:28 am

    "Oh Holy Night" Mariah's version is the best rendition to date!!!

  • Reply Milhouse December 13, 2019 at 10:30 am

    Mariah Carey is the reason for the season. 🎄

  • Reply John Gil December 13, 2019 at 11:00 am

    I even play this song at Summer. That's how iconic this song is!

  • Reply Jevin Watson December 13, 2019 at 11:58 am

    Mariah truly is one of the reasons we start to embrace the holiday! She helps us all remember, that it's that time of year again! Mimi Whole heartedly makes us all love, and cherish Every Christmas time together, Her traditions of the holiday time, and everything that the holiday is all about. It not only allowed herself to create timeless classics, but she gave her spirit of the season for all of us worldwide! Beautifully reminding us that Christmas season is the time of love, joy, and togetherness!!!

    Mariah Carey, is and always will be a true legend in my eye's!!

  • Reply tahuaroa December 13, 2019 at 12:58 pm

    Mariah’s Christmas album is flawless. a masterpiece

  • Reply Bryan Fernandez December 13, 2019 at 1:08 pm

    If AIWFCIY hits #1 this year, the next holiday song that needs to make it atop the chart is, “Oh Santa!” That’s another Christmas tune by MC, among many other originals by her, that deserve the same amount of love and appreciation during the Christmas season!

  • Reply Truth Saved December 13, 2019 at 1:50 pm

    You did a tremendous job writing, composing and producing this timless classic, Mariah. Brava! 👏👏

  • Reply Shan Cruz December 13, 2019 at 2:04 pm

    When the radio plays this song. I know, Christmas is just around the corner.

  • Reply Tiffania Porchiazzo December 13, 2019 at 2:09 pm

    Mariah Carey is one of my favorite singers in the World today
    So i love her so much with all my heart
    I will always love her forever and i love her Christmas song
    So i love you Mariah Carey ♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️💖💖💖💖💖💎❤❤💎💎💎💎💎💎💎💎💎💎💎❤❤❤💖💖💖💜💙💚💛🧡💋💘💞💝💘💋💟❣😍💌💕👄💗♥️❤💖💎♥️

  • Reply Treasure's Pandora December 13, 2019 at 2:10 pm

    Love this woman💖🌲💖

  • Reply EdunchiVEVO December 13, 2019 at 2:11 pm

    This year is probably gonna happen, it's already numer 3 on Hot 100 omg

  • Reply Secret Soul December 13, 2019 at 2:15 pm

    I always wanted this be her no 1 hits… Bcoz it so fun to listen n sing along… But Mariah, use the similar methods for new songs…not just christmass

  • Reply pdgf December 13, 2019 at 2:25 pm

    People who disliked this video and song are the spawn of the Grinch…and Satan 😉😁😛

  • Reply MrEric Rockinout December 13, 2019 at 2:32 pm

    l love her so much, thank you for making this <3

  • Reply GlitterKeithy December 13, 2019 at 3:05 pm

    Who here was born in the 90’s????? This song came out when I was 1!!

  • Reply Mark Kennedy December 13, 2019 at 3:05 pm

    Great song, great album and great artist!

  • Reply Phase 5 Records December 13, 2019 at 3:20 pm

    I bet you never heard this dance song before. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=71clIpvF8m8#action=share

  • Reply So Cool December 13, 2019 at 3:27 pm

    I love Trey Lorenz

  • Reply be diphrent December 13, 2019 at 3:34 pm

    whats the point in commenting when the featured guests in this video literally said EVERYTHING & ANYTHING one could say about Mariah & this song? lol timeless masterpiece. I cant wait for it to be #1 making it her 19th #1!!!!!!!!

  • Reply vendingguy47 December 13, 2019 at 3:40 pm

    Sing it Mariah!

  • Reply vendingguy47 December 13, 2019 at 3:40 pm

    She should coach The Voice

  • Reply jeremy jaeger December 13, 2019 at 3:43 pm

    A worldwide classic written by a black woman!!

    Deserves that number 1 finally!

  • Reply Sandra Veronica December 13, 2019 at 3:43 pm

    She talented. I love this song

  • Reply Oscar Torres December 13, 2019 at 4:01 pm

    Mariah Carey is Christma$$$$$

  • Reply Hometown Cleaning December 13, 2019 at 4:53 pm

    I DIDNT KNOW SHE ACTUALLY WROTE THAT SONG WOW LOVE IT

  • Reply Dwayne Tillman December 13, 2019 at 5:14 pm

    Literally the Queen of Christmas

  • Reply Heather Rose December 13, 2019 at 5:22 pm

    CHRISTMAS IS GOD.🎄

  • Reply Levon Hardy December 13, 2019 at 6:42 pm

    She is owning the title Queen of Christmas yaaaaaaaaaaaas

  • Reply CPR - Videos December 13, 2019 at 7:00 pm

    https://youtu.be/F1rXBRDIDMA

  • Reply Des Headland December 13, 2019 at 7:47 pm

    Wasn’t this co-written ? Poor Walter, her best co-writer, Deleted from history

  • Reply Sue B December 13, 2019 at 8:33 pm

    She looked so much better BEFORE she became a Diva.

  • Reply Diego Sales December 13, 2019 at 8:42 pm

    All I want for christmas is this song at number 1 next week

  • Reply Patrícia Cunha December 13, 2019 at 8:55 pm

    The Song is AMAZING.

  • Reply victory Isnow00 December 13, 2019 at 8:56 pm

    This has to be Mariah's 19th #1 this year!

  • Reply citrin blue December 13, 2019 at 9:27 pm

    Merry Christmas, A Masterpiece Album period!

  • Reply Green Onions December 13, 2019 at 10:00 pm

    Listen to that one all-year long!

  • Reply htownlithium December 13, 2019 at 10:18 pm

    fact-Trey Lorenz sang background on Selena Quintanillas I could fall in love

  • Reply Majin Perez December 13, 2019 at 10:21 pm

    Stop talking over the song

  • Reply Clecius Campos December 13, 2019 at 10:22 pm

    Wow! That was amazing

  • Reply freddieelm December 13, 2019 at 10:25 pm

    This song IS Christmas!

  • Reply akansingit December 13, 2019 at 10:37 pm

    There’s two types of people in this world! Those who love this song and miserable haters 😜🎅🖕

  • Reply S3 RO December 13, 2019 at 11:01 pm

    1:30 ma boy randy after shave water still alive

  • Reply Fernando Alejo December 13, 2019 at 11:53 pm

    she is fat now

  • Reply Bernard Chan December 13, 2019 at 11:57 pm

    Walter A. weeping in the corner😂

  • Reply Tamera Miller December 14, 2019 at 12:00 am

    This will be one the songs she be known for when her time comes.

  • Reply P N December 14, 2019 at 12:05 am

    Walter Afasanieff did that.

  • Reply e Chen December 14, 2019 at 12:10 am

    Mariah Carey is Christmas~

  • Reply Justin K December 14, 2019 at 12:17 am

    She should have sang country music to.

  • Reply Justin K December 14, 2019 at 12:32 am

    I love hearing this song in the stores and especially at the mall when I'm Christmas shopping

  • Reply chi chi December 14, 2019 at 12:39 am

    MARIAH Christmas and CAREY New Year everyone!! lol 😍😍

  • Reply Endless Cover December 14, 2019 at 12:47 am

    The song according to early predictions will reach number one next week on the billboard hot 100.

  • Reply Wayne Lucas December 14, 2019 at 1:35 am

    Mariah Is quite simply a GENIUS … Timeless classic! Imagine having a song that will still be as loved In many years to come 🎅🏻❤️

  • Reply hidayat osman December 14, 2019 at 1:54 am

    Mariah Claus!

  • Reply jcampbell3458 December 14, 2019 at 1:55 am

    I never will forget the first time I ever heard this song
    "all I want For Christmas is you"
    By Mariah Carey
    It took my breath away and I started crying, I can feel the holy Spirit rising from!! LOL I mean good for you I was driving a car and I started crying uncontrollably.
    I mean she sounded like a pure angel from heaven, I was overjoyed. And I can't wait to one day I'll be able to buy it. Instead of hoping that they play it every Christmas. I can't wait to hear this song everytime but if I buy it I'm going to play it all year long I love her I just love love her Mariah Carey yes I do!!!!!!

  • Reply Estelle Mahoney December 14, 2019 at 2:05 am

    I love this song so much and love it when it is played around this time of year. I can not make Christmas perfect every year as i am too poor to do it

  • Reply Drielly Vitória December 14, 2019 at 2:10 am

    Love you my girl ❤🇧🇷

  • Reply zubiamatt December 14, 2019 at 2:32 am

    This is THE BEST CHRISTMAS song ever!!!!
    No matter how much I hear it, it makes me smile. Feel cheerful and brings joy! I love it!!!!!! To me there NO Christmas without this song.. well Mariah is THE QUEEN OF CHRISTMAS 😍🥰 Mariah you da best! Love you!!!!! I hope you see this 🤩🤩. Thank you so MUCH for your music Mariah!!!!!! I’m SO THANKFUL for you! ❤️

  • Reply KK December 14, 2019 at 2:36 am

    It’s definitely the first Christmas song I always listen to every year and the main one on repeat! Also it brings back warm memories of Christmas with my family when I was little !

  • Reply TheArtofBeingReacts December 14, 2019 at 2:45 am

    Just because you can find it streaming for free, don't let it stop you from purchasing "All I Want For Christmas is You"! It's 2019, THE LAST YEAR OF THE DECADE Be a part of Mariah Carey having 3 decades in a row with a number one hit! If there ever was a time to show Mariah Carey that you are appreciative of her music, NOW is that time! A small $1.29 purchase can make history!

  • Reply ATL K47 December 14, 2019 at 2:50 am

    Tf is the point of this video foh

  • Reply Desiree Franco December 14, 2019 at 3:41 am

    They play those old Mariah Xmas videos as if it’s her home movies 😂

  • Reply DisLyfeOfOurs December 14, 2019 at 4:04 am

    I listen to this everyday at least ten times. She has always been my favorite. I love her music so much. ~Rachel

  • Reply Lal Rama December 14, 2019 at 4:16 am

    Gift is the reason why we use christmas!! The most important!! God gave us his one and only son Jesus Christ! Not just for fun.. Thanks

  • Reply sx3todd December 14, 2019 at 4:30 am

    queen of inventing christmas

  • Reply Kicking it with Kim KIWK December 14, 2019 at 4:43 am

    Mariah is Christmas.

  • Reply Sebastian December 14, 2019 at 5:13 am

    Dont worry we will make it a top hit on billboard

  • Reply Pepeh December 14, 2019 at 6:00 am

    Queen of music!!!

  • Reply Urme 8823 December 14, 2019 at 6:11 am

    7:11 whose idea is that? They're singing on different keys, why would you combine them smh +_+

  • Reply Ricky Smith December 14, 2019 at 6:21 am

    All I want for Christmas is you, is set as my ringtone every year. ☺️

  • Reply andi akbar December 14, 2019 at 6:39 am

    I even googled the original singer of AIWFC back in the day lol..

  • Reply Bryan Stopak December 14, 2019 at 7:12 am

    My new favorite documentary

  • Reply J Scott December 14, 2019 at 7:17 am

    So a record company decided to be original for once, but still put ppl in jail and fine them thousands of dollars for “copyright”.
    It’s kind of ironic how they’re like “yeah! Christmas!” But the music industry labels are LITERALLY Grinch.

  • Reply Keith Joseph Geronimo December 14, 2019 at 7:36 am

    The genius of Mariah Carey

  • Reply HORISIONS December 14, 2019 at 7:41 am

    Eminem is preparing for a Canon. Just to you know.

  • Reply Best Deals December 14, 2019 at 7:43 am

    The world would end if this doesn't get to #1

  • Reply Regal Lamb December 14, 2019 at 7:48 am

    Awww she mentioned Walter….. she humble…..

  • Reply allthingsbgi December 14, 2019 at 7:48 am

    ICON

  • Reply Regal Lamb December 14, 2019 at 7:52 am

    The lady sound like Rosie O'DONNELL

  • Reply Regal Lamb December 14, 2019 at 7:53 am

    Her face is slim again whew slay

  • Reply Lyvia taingea December 14, 2019 at 8:09 am

    This is the first dress I admire..😄

  • Reply SCP December 14, 2019 at 8:28 am

    I’m pretty sure Christmas is about Jesus, but I’m indifferent

  • Reply Halsey December 14, 2019 at 8:35 am

    "it's basically the All I Want For Christmas Is You Chart" that's so true 😂 the song is ruling the billboard holiday chart

  • Reply MocKingScars Official December 14, 2019 at 8:48 am

    I love the Alexa "Play All I Want For Christmas Is You", at the end

  • Reply Yoyo December 14, 2019 at 8:54 am

    Definitely not a pop song. The melody is really different, with many surprise notes, that really a clever song, nothing to do with main stream.

  • Reply Helenbobelen.com December 14, 2019 at 8:55 am

    This song is genius. Mariah, you are gold.

  • Reply iisaacgon December 14, 2019 at 9:00 am

    Just 🙌🏼

  • Reply jack of diamonds December 14, 2019 at 9:02 am

    Your Nick cannons girl? I guess you are living in a wine cellar.

  • Reply Darina Hollá December 14, 2019 at 10:51 am

    Nicomu nerozumiem ale vianoce bez tejto piesne nemôžem mat dakujem mery

  • Reply Lee Simone December 14, 2019 at 10:58 am

    I love the song so much. It's Christmas song for everyone. For family for lovers for Kids. Etc. I can't imagine myself not playing this Song on ly play list from Sept to 1st week of Jan.. haha you heard me right.. that long !! 😍😍

  • Reply Nini Cruz December 14, 2019 at 11:13 am

    Because Mariah Carey sang it..This song is timeless..

  • Reply kunjoro gaming December 14, 2019 at 11:21 am

    MC = MC ❤️❤️❤️

  • Reply Deon F December 14, 2019 at 11:24 am

    Lambs the song is currently #3 in hot 100. Let's make it number 1 next week! Stream and download now!

  • Reply Floyd Dellon December 14, 2019 at 11:27 am

    The mystery and mastery behind the magic of this music! Mariah FREAKING Carey!

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