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Released: 1st November 1994.

Mariah Carey - All I Want for Christmas Is YouIt's that time of year again, when people 'round the world reconnect with family and friends they haven't seen all year, stuff their guts with delicious home-cooked meals, and exchange tokens of love, and for the twenty-first season, Mariah's most enduring classic continues to be the definitive Christmas anthem.

What makes "All I Want for Christmas Is You" such a popular track? Perhaps it's the fusion of a dance-pop driven beat with a more traditional sound, helped along by lovely bell chimes. Maybe its success should be attributed to it not being a multi-century old hymn, but a more contemporary effort that is upbeat, fun, and current enough to attract a younger crowd, yet still maturely written to connect with an older audience, resulting in an almost universal appeal across all age groups. It could also be Mariah's golden vocals, festive and in their full mid-90s glory, that lament the yearning of an absent loved one, a struggle quite a few people might be able to relate to.

Whatever it is that makes people go wild, one thing's for certain: Christmas just isn't Christmas without this song. Carey (and Walter Afanasieff) managed to create a song that can sit proudly alongside the traditional carols that soundtrack the season. Greater still, the song serves as a gentle reminder to everyone celebrating, who may get caught up in the consumerism that is heightened at this time of year, to not forget the best part of the holiday: spending quality time with cherished loved ones.

* * * * * (JSparksFan)

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