A modern classic?
Perhaps – I don’t know. It doesn’t feel that Christmasy to me. It takes more than references to the holiday and some jingling bells to make a real Christmas song. For me there are two main kinds of Christmas songs: those that capture the magic and mystery of the solstice, of the darkness and the lights, of the cold and the firelight and hearth- and heart- warming of foods, fire, family and friends; and those that are associated with the holiday through long-standing traditions.
The latter include all those songs we heard as children, including the ones from holiday movies and TV specials – songs like “Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and the ones in “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” The former can be found in some of the better of the Windham Hill collections, among other places.
Since “All I Want for Christmas is You” featured prominently in that feel-good holiday film Love Actually (and in its promotional campaign), perhaps it has or will have that same quality for people in their teens and twenties. Will they feel about it in twenty years the same way my friends and I feel about “Linus and Lucy”? Perhaps… I kind of hope not – it just seems too pop and too commercial. And you could never sing it while caroling… But like “Winter Wonderland” and some of the other peppier, poppier holiday songs, it’s fine to get you in the mood for shopping, skating, wassailing.
The song was written and originally recorded by Mariah Carey and released by her as a single in 1994.
- All I Want for Christmas Is You – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
- Love Actually soundtrack – Amazon.com
- Love Actually Original Soundtrack – Download from 4shared.com
- Love Actually (DVD) – Amazon.com
- Love Actually (2003) – Download from megaupload.com – .avi download
- YouTube – Love Actually – All I Want For Christmas Is You – a fan-created video featuring the song and clips from the movie – quite sweet