Mariah Carey has a very long list of hit singles and best-selling albums to her credit. However, she achieved immortality in 1994 with the release of her fourth studio album, Merry Christmas.
Of that album’s three original tracks, “All I Want For Christmas Is You” went on to become one of the best-selling singles of all time. It was number one in sixteen countries, number two in Japan, Germany and the U.K., number three in the U.S., and made it onto the top 10 in several other countries. The song quickly became a fixture on radio playlists and has charted every year since its original release.
The popularity of “All I Want For Christmas Is You” even extended to publishing and film. In 2015, Mariah put out a children’s book based on the song, which sold over 750,000 copies. That was followed by an animated family movie called Mariah Carey’s All I Want For Christmas Is You in 2017.
Mariah Carey released two music videos for “All I Want For Christmas Is You” in 1994. The first one was shot on Super 8mm film to give it the nostalgic look of a home movie. Mariah’s husband at the time, Tommy Mottola, played the part of Santa Claus.
The other version was inspired by The Ronettes, who had some Christmas hits of their own in the 1960s. Filmed in black and white, it features Mariah doing her best Ronnie Spector impression.
But wait! Mariah has released a third video for “All I Want For Christmas Is You” to accompany this year’s 25th-anniversary edition of her Merry Christmas album. It looks similar to the original version because it was produced with some of the previously unreleased Super 8mm film footage from 1994.