• Maria Belen

The Christmas soundtrack of everyone’s life

Updated: Feb 19

Every holiday season we listen to this classic song. You may love it or hate it, but I know that you know the words to it. You and the whole world, that is. This song has been around for 26 years and it’s still able to hold its own. Even though so many people know the song, it never popped into the Billboard charts until December 21st of last year. That is a sign of the lasting power and influence the song has.


The love theme and the catchy lyrics mixed with the great vocals contribute to this song’s massive success. Written by Mariah Carey and Walter Afanasieff in 1994, this song provides a mature take on Christmas music and reached out to a whole new demographic.

Nostalgia is a factor that also contributes to the song’s success. When people listen to this song, they can also remember the time in their life when they first heard it. Now, with more technology at our fingertips, younger generations can hear a Spotify-curated Christmas playlist that is bound to include this song. And so, the cycle keeps starting over.


All in all, this song makes you feel good about the holidays, a time that can overwhelm us with the weight of presents and family obligations. To only want ONE thing for Christmas is a good thing, indeed! So take another listen to this oldie, but goodie, this Christmas season!

Photo of cover art for the single.

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