How Mariah wrote a classic

“All I Want for Christmas Is You” is the gift that keeps on giving.

First released in 1994, it quickly became a standard, being called “one of the few worthy modern additions to the holiday canon.”

Carey wrote the song while living in upstate New York in the summer of 1994, while playing the movie “It’s A Wonderful Life” for inspiration.

She stumbled on a chord progression and melody, which she captured on a mini tape recorder. Her longtime collaborator who originally worried it was too basic, but that’s exactly the quality that has made it such an enduring hit.

Carey said she wanted to “write a song that would make me happy and make me feel like a loved, carefree young girl at Christmas.”

The song has earned her over 60 million dollars in royalties, and has cumulatively spent 70 weeks in the UK’s top 100. Last year, it topped the charts in America for the first time, making Carey the first artist to score a number one single in four different decades.


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