Letter to the Editor: ‘All I Want for Christmas Is You’ is the best Christmas carol

By Junior Andrew McVicker

Christmas season is beginning, which means Christmas music on the radio 24/7. Love it or hate it, carols are a fixture in our life until December 25th. However, in the sea of songs that flood the airwaves each December, one song stands out. Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You” is indisputably the best Christmas song.

The carols we know and love (or hate) are nothing new. Most carols were written before 1900. However, “All I Want for Christmas Is You” is a song that even respected newspaper The New Yorker calls “the worthy modern addition to the holiday canon.” The only other relevant Christmas carols written after 1900 are “Do You Hear What I Hear?” and “The Little Drummer Boy,” both of which disgrace music and Christianity. Mariah Carey’s classic is the best Christmas song because it is the only modern carol of quality.

Don’t believe me? The rest of the world thinks that “All I Want for Christmas is You” is great as well. So many people like it that it is the 11th best-selling single of all time. This song is in the same caliber as classics like “My Heart Will Go On” and “You’re The One That I Want.” If you don’t think “All I Want for Christmas Is You” is the best carol, then it’s time to face the facts.

Most importantly, the best Christmas song is the best because of its universal message. Most carols focus on Christmas traditions or the birth of Jesus, but Mariah Carey gives a message that anyone of any religion can understand. “All I Want for Christmas Is You” reminds us of what really matters: not material possessions, but our loved ones. No other song can compete with “All I Want for Christmas Is You.”

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