“All I want for Christmas” is firing on all cylinders under the tree

“All I want for Christmas” is firing on all cylinders under the tree

Not only did this 1994 hit by Mariah Carey return to the top of the charts, but All I want for Christmas is you is always repeated, in bare piano at Chilly Gonzales or in Creole at Perle Lama.

This 26-year-old title was the most streamed in the world this weekend (more than 12 million downloads Saturday and Sunday) on the Spotify platform. And this hit is at the top of the famous American barometer Billboard, peak already reached last year at the same time. The American diva is also delighted on her social networks of the “lasting success of this song”.

What can explain such a return to the foreground? An essential presence in playlists on platforms because of the word “Christmas”? The inevitable rerun at this time of the film’s year Love actually, with Hugh Grant, one of the final scenes of which is based on this track?

No doubt, but Chilly Gonzales, an erudite artist who offers cutting-edge musical workshops (“Gonzervatory” in English, or “Gonzervatoire”), has his method of seeing what is hidden under the hood of choruses on everyone’s lips.

“Atomic version”

“Playing (songs) on the piano reduces music to its atomic version (to an atom, editor’s note), he explained recently to AFP. Some pieces do not pass the test, because we realize that their success is linked to their production (effects added in the studio, editor’s note) or to the personality or the voice of the singer ”. Conversely, All I want… passes the test brilliantly and is found – in bare piano version – on his latest album, released in mid-November, A very Chilly Christmas, which is the best this year in the Christmas album department revisited.

The Martiniquaise Perle Lama – who provided the first parts of Corneille – has just taken over All I want… in Creole (Pou Christmas) and also has his idea on the longevity of the neo-standard. “There is a nostalgic side in this song, which recalls happy times,” explains the singer to AFP. And then, over time, people feel like this song is theirs. With my Creole version, it now belongs to all Caribbean people, some even call me “Mariah Careybéenne” (laughs) ”.

“In this difficult period, with the Covid-19, releasing this song also means allowing yourself to celebrate Christmas and smile”, continues the one who will be a sports coach / host on the TV Trace channel in 2021. (Tropics / Caribbean).

Punk version

The song’s message, universal (“All I want for Christmas is you”), has already found many transpositions, such as when Joe Biden supporters broadcast it at a rally in November, a sequence retweeted by Mariah Carey.

All I want… has become material over and over again, put into the oven at all times and even put on a punk grill by the group My Chemical Romance in the early 2000s. But beyond the messy re-interpretations, the title and its singer – here co -author alongside popular signature Walter Afanasieff – have also been diluted in pop culture. So, to launch the disco – and Christmas – remix of one of his new songs, We, Julien Doré used the catchphrase “All I want for Christmas is Nous” on his networks.

And while they’ve just released a mini album of Christmas carols, the squeaky Wriggles also quote her in their track George michael (died December 25, 2016): “I am the biggest fan of George Michael / And on December 25, I am the mouth / Nothing to Mariah Carey of your boomer party / I commemorate the death of the greatest of the singers”.


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