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Written by: Carey Afanasieff
Walter Afanasieff
Date: 1994
Publisher: Columbia Records

"All I Want for Christmas Is You" is a pop song by American singer-songwriter Mariah Carey. It was released by Columbia Records on November 1, 1994 as the lead single from her fourth studio album, Merry Christmas. The song was written by Carey and Walter Afanasieff, both of whom were also the producers. An up-tempo love song, the instrumentation includes bell chimes and heavy back-up vocals, as well as use of synthesizers. The song's lyrics declare that the protagonist does not care about Christmas presents or lights, because all she wants for Christmas is to be united with her lover for the holidays. Carey remade the song in 2010 for her Merry Christmas 2 You album and did a duet with Justin Bieber on his 2011 Christmas album, and has been covered as well by Olivia Olson in the movie Love Actually, Big Time Rush with Miranda Cosgrove in their Christmas special, My Chemical Romance, Lady Antibellum, Michael Buble and Indina Menziel on their holiday albums, Caroline Sunshine on the Disney Channel Holiday Playlist compilation as well as by Tori Spelling in The Mistle-tones.

Lyrics

I don't want a lot for Christmas
There is just one thing I need
I don't care about the presents
Underneath the Christmas tree

[Chorus]
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 don't want a lot for Christmas
There is just one thing I need
And I don't care about the presents
Underneath the Christmas tree
I don't need to hang my stocking
There upon the fireplace
Santa Claus won't make me happy
With a toy on Christmas day

[Chorus]

Oh I won't ask for much this Christmas
I won't even wish for snow
I'm just gonna keep on waiting
Underneath the mistletoe
I won't make a list and send it
To the North Pole for Saint Nick
I won't even stay awake to
Hear those magic reindeer click
'Cause I just want you here tonight
Holding on to me so tight
What more can I do
Baby all I want for Christmas is you

Oh all the lights are shining
So brightly everywhere (so brightly baby)
And the sound of children's
Laughter fills the air
And everyone is singing (oh yeah)
I hear those sleigh bells ringing
Santa won't you bring me the one I really need
Won't you please bring my baby to me...

Oh I don't want a lot for Christmas
This is all I'm asking for
I just want to see my baby
Standing right outside my door
Oh I just want you for my own
More than you could ever know
Make my wish come true
Baby All I want for Christmas is You
All I want for Christmas is you baby...

Recording history (Selected versions)

  • 2011 - Recorded by Michael Buble for his Christmas album. This version removes the first half of the first verse and the second half of the second, and changes some words.
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