All I Want For Christmas Is You (Mariah Carey)
Written by Carey and one of her favorite collaborators – Walter Afanasieff – this song appeared on her first Christmas album, Merry Christmas. It was one of three new tunes on that album and Carey reported that “It was definitely a priority for me to write at least a few new songs, but for the most part people really want to hear the standards at Christmas time, no matter how good a new song is.” In most cases she would be right but here she managed that rare feat of creating a modern Christmas classic that eclipsed all those standards. Two videos have been produced for the song, a “home movie” version and a Motown-esque black and white version. Carey also remade the song with Justin Bieber in 2011.
Fun fact: With sales of around 14 million this song is Carey’s biggest selling single.
The theme for Bestest Song Club December 2015 is: Bestest Modern Christmas Songs.
Criteria: Song must have been recorded no earlier than 1980.