Mariah Carey: make my wish come true. All I want for Christmas is you | Rebecca Nicholson
So many near misses now shes No I in the US charts
After 25 years of providing the definitive soundtrack to Christmas parties everywhere, and just two wonderful months as the devoted face of pigs in blanket-flavoured crisps, Mariah Carey has finally hit the US No 1 spot for the very first time with All I Want for Christmas Is You. The fact that it has taken so many Christmases to get there is astonishing, given its seasonal dominance.
But All I Want for Christmas is one of the few festive songs it is difficult to grow tired of, and I say this as someone who worked in a department store over two long Christmases, and had my ears bludgeoned by the same CD of pan-piped yuletide joy on repeat, a Santa boot stamping on the human spirit, forever.
The ubiquity of Carey, which seems to have gone into overdrive this year never something to complain about, only to luxuriate in has made it plain that there are no real contenders for a new classic Christmas song, and there has not been one for some time. The most recent youll hear out in the wild is probably the Darkness Christmas Time (Dont Let the Bells End), and that came out in 2003. The fact that this coincides with the rise of Pop Idol, X Factor and other TV talent shows is not unconnected. For many years, the winner had a Christmas No 1 sewn up, though it was never a specifically festive song; they werent about to risk post-December sales on a track that would lose its appeal as soon as the turkey was finished. There have been charity songs and protest songs since this years attempt to get Jarvis Cockers Running the World to No 1 really would have been a gift, if only to see if any newsreaders would have said the wonderfully crude and apt chorus line but each year the slot loses more of its power, and there is no space for a new classic to come through.
Perhaps its just that the alchemy of a true Christmas hit is impossible to dissect and repeat. Carey is upbeat, joyful, irresistibly poppy; Fairytale of New York, the devil to its angel, is the saviour of the miserably drunk reconciliation; East 17s Stay Another Day is only a Christmas song because they put sleigh bells on it and dressed up in wintery quilted jackets for the video. They have nothing in common but their sticking power.
This year is Careys, as it should be. But we have plenty of proper, spirited pop stars again, and it is not too late for them to have a go, next time, at the great Christmas song revival that is long overdue.
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