Here Is How Much Money Mariah Carey’s ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’ Has Raked In For Her In The New Year
“People who love that song . . . they know the baseline, the drum beat, the piano part—they know the sax part, they know the background vocals,” producer and bassist Randy Jackson told Amazon Music. He was referring to the ultra-famous Christmas classic by none other than “songbird supreme” Mariah Carey—the song that has defined contemporary Christmastime around the world for decades, which just went #1 after its original release 25 years ago. Whether or not you’re one of those people who has it on repeat the whole month of December, you definitely know this song—tbh, it’s probably playing in the background right now, whether you’re in a coffee shop, at the mall, or in your living room: Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas Is You.”
While you’ve likely been hearing this melody nonstop for the past few weeks, you probably haven’t been watching the original 1994 music video over and over again (who knows, maybe you ‘re obsessed with that, too). Well, some exciting changes to this modern Christmas classic have come about in the past couple of days, most notably a super sparkly new music video to celebrate the 25th anniversary of this outrageously famous tune.
Last week, Mariah Carey released a revamped music video for “All I Want For Christmas Is You,” and it already has almost 14 million views after just five days online.
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The new music video is much more elaborate than the original, which features Mariah Carey frolicking through the snow, hanging ornaments on a Christmas tree, opening presents, and smiling at the camera a lot. But in the new music video, a little girl is transported from a city street to a shimmering winter wonderland, where Carey is flanked by dancers in festive costumes, twinkly lights, and (same as last time) so. much. snow. (it’s a well-known fact that Carey is really into snow—she travels to Aspen, Colorado, almost every year to bask in its “White Christmas” vibes).
While they are ultimately quite different, both music videos evoke the essence of Christmas, capturing the magic and comfort so characteristic of the holiday season. But this should come as no surprise: Mariah Carey is sort of a specialist in Christmas spirit. A lover of all things festive, it’s not exactly shocking that her original Christmas song has withstood the test of time, even growing in popularity as the years have gone by (it didn’t even hit the Billboard Top 100 until this past decade!).
Mariah Carey released her Christmas album, Merry Christmas, back in 1994, just three to four years into her career. Typically, Christmas albums are released much later in a musician’s tenure, often as a way to generate revenue when the artist hasn’t been touring or releasing new, original material.
But for Carey, releasing a Christmas album was an opportunity for her to fully embrace her long-wrought love of Christmas and to express her passion for the holidays through her work. And she didn’t just cover classic Christmas songs, like so many artists do—she wanted to write original content, to create a song that would become a contemporary classic.
When describing her love of Christmas and the creation of “All I Want For Christmas Is You,” Carey said, “[Christmas] wasn’t about the gifts . . . It was just about the hopefulness of the holiday season and feeling in the spirit.” She added that the song stemmed from “the need for [her] to express [her]self and make a song that made [her] feel happy during the holidays.”
It’s incredibly difficult to write an original Christmas song—especially one that lasts, that people return to over and over again. Carey’s approach was to recreate the melodies that revived the magic of Christmas she felt as a child, but which resonated with her as an adult. So, she focused on the element of connecting with a long lost love.
“That’s something I’ll always remember,” she said. “The process of changing a Christmas song into a love song, then back into a Christmas song.”
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And this Christmas song is truly timeless. Though it emerged back in the 90s, it doesn’t really sound like the 90s—rather, it sounds more like the cheerful ballads of the 1960s, which definitely imbues it with a certain timelessness.
“It was not of the time,” Carey agrees. “It’s still not ‘of the time.’”
As the highest-charting original Christmas song since 1958, that claim definitely holds true. Without a doubt, “All I Want For Christmas Is You” will remain relevant around the world for years—even decades—to come. And fans everywhere can rejoice each time Carey performs it live, which she absolutely loves to do.
“It’s always such a rush for me,” Carey said. “It’s a great feeling.”