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Here are the secrets of Mariah Carey’s legendary hit

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Impossible to celebrate Christmas without listening at least once to “All I want for Christmas is you” by Mariah Carey. We tell you everything about this planetary tube.

It’s the essential Christmas song. With his tube All I want for Christmas is you, Mariah Carey marked the end of year celebrations forever. Despite the heady chorus, we never tire of this music, year after year. Just the first notes of xylophones give us chills every time. It is not for nothing that this Christmas music is still in the ranking of the most popular songs in the run up to the holidays since its release in November 1994. Even if we have listened to All I want for Christmas is you a hundred times and that we think we know it by heart, this hit still has secrets for us.

For example, did you know that this title was not at all imagined in the middle of winter at the foot of a Christmas tree? Mariah Carey and Walter Afanasieff, the co-author of the track on the album Merry christmas, actually wrote All I want for Christmas is you in midsummer, in a Hamptons, New York home rented by Mariah and her husband, as reported in a magazine article Number. We agree that this breaks the myth a bit… To feel like Christmas during the recording, trees and light garlands have even been installed, specifies West France.

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A chorus that the singer did not like

If you’ve ever seen the original music video for All I want for Christmas is you, know that the video is made up of real images of the singer and her husband during Christmas. Another surprising fact, the pop diva herself was not thrilled by the song and in particular its iconic refrain: “I just want you for my own, more than you could ever know. Make my wish come true, all I want for Christmas is you “. “I used to criticize it every time I heard it, but at this point I feel like I’m finally able to appreciate it”, Mariah Carey told the New York Times in 2019.

The idea of ​​making an album of Christmas songs came from her label Columbia and was not at all a desire of the singer, aged 25 at the time, says Number. Today, Mariah Carey is more than proud of her planetary hit, which earns her 2.5 million euros every year, and even promotes it from the beginning of November.

Juliette Thévenot

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