All I want for Christmas is for singers to stop covering this song

There’s something delightful about Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You”–it’s got a simple charm, a singable tune, amplified, of course, by the wide range of Carey’s voice. I’m not alone in this assessment. The New Yorker called the song “one of the few worthy modern additions to the holiday canon.”

But the musical powers that be seem to think that a cute song sung well by its originator is thus worthy of being sung by anyone with a microphone. Take a hint, folks, it’s not “The First Noel.” “All I Want” is charming, but it’s not a carol or a hymn, meant for singing by those who don’t have Carey’s ability to pull it off.

Exhibit A:

You can take your fingers out of your ears now.

Exhibit B:

(Incidentally, Love Actually could headline a movie version of Christmas Spirit Fail–it’s at the pinnacle of contrived, manipulative, saccharine, “patently fantastical” holiday cinema. And the movie is also notable for featuring a purpose-written bad Christmas song.)

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