It’s the time of year that you just can’t get away from holiday music. Like all music, some holiday tunes are fantastic and some is downright horrible. Some folks can't get enough and some quickly get too much.
I’m not a lover or a hater. I have a few standard favorites but I’m not someone who has a playlist 5 hours long and just puts it on repeat for the month. The songs I return to over and over are the collection Vince Guaraldi put together for the CB special, Deano’s “baby it’s cold outside” (although Kurt and Blaine’s is pretty lovely too) – even though that’s a WINTER song and not strictly a holiday song.
And you can’t really go wrong with the Jackson 5 Christmas tunes or anything Harry Connick touches. Though I'm not a member of the chosen, I also have a soft spot for Sandler's Hannukuh Song.
However there is one song that I cannot get enough of. Ever. And I’m ashamed of it, frankly. But for me I don’t think of the holidays at all until I hear it for the first time: Mariah Carey’s All I Want for Xmas Is You (the 1994 version sans Justin Bieber).
Let’s face it, Mariah’s a fabulous singer who’s kind of gone to seed. At this point in her life she’s essentially a Kardashian with a talent. But god what a talent it is.
She’s in good form on the song, and it’s a tune that – from the slow-burn opening, to the speed-up piano riff, to the horns and the beat – is built really well. It’s so well produced and so fun. It’s got a great bridge.
And best of all it's got a kick ass back-up part. And if you know me, you know that all I really want to do with my life is be a singer in a girl group. THIS is an awesome girl group song, even if it's men singing the back up.
Honestly I can’t hear the song without smiling and dancing my booty off. There is no thing that fills me with holiday joy like this song, and no matter how many times I hear it I have the same reaction. In fact I have been known to play it a second time immediately after it finishes, because I just need MORE.
So there it is. I’m out of the closet.
How about you – what’s your all time favorite Xmas tune?