Around New Year’s, along with the fun and the festive atmosphere, come certain routines that we cannot escape, no matter how hard we try. One such routine is listening to Christmas songs that end up becoming so annoying we can’t wait for the holiday season to be over so that Mariah Carey, George Michael, Paul McCartney, Brenda Lee and other great musicians can leave us alone for a little while.
Let’s remember those songs before we’re too annoyed by them.
We’ve been hearing Mariah Carey’s modest Christmas wish on repeat each December for over 25 years. At any party, shop, transport, radio, always and everywhere - we can hardly imagine December without Mariah Carey. By the way, the singer has even planned a special tour for the song’s 25th anniversary.
As strange as it sounds, the song was created in only 15 minutes in 1994 and the video was filmed in August. On December 24, 2018 the song beat a streaming record on Spotify, in addition to the record sales that the song has been making for its singer through the years.
Despite the fact that, after every Christmas season the whole world celebrates being miraculously spared from All I Want for Christmas, we will probably not be able to let this song go for many a decade to come.
10 years before Mariah Carey, in 1984, during a visit at one of his Wham! band mates’ parents’ house, George Michael wrote a song that doesn’t actually have a direct connection to Christmas. However, for us listeners, Christmas time is unimaginable without George Michael’s day-long, sad romantic drama that began on December 25th and, thanks to the ungrateful receiver of love, ended the next day.
On December 25, 2016, after the sudden passing of George Michael at 53, the song acquired a symbolic meaning and, as annoying as it is listening to it on repeat, it still stirs sentiments.
It’s difficult to find Beatles, and especially Paul McCartney fans who love the 1979 Christmas song. However, it’s a fact that Paul McCartney’s Christmas song has been an inseparable part of our holidays for 40 years. It’s difficult to say how well would this specific song stand the test of time if it weren’t for Paul McCartney’s name. At the very least, seeing McCartney at the spontaneously created fun at the pub in the official video might warm up the hearts of fans disappointed in him.
It’s difficult to imagine that the voice that’s been inviting us to have fun around the Christmas tree for 60 years belongs to a 13-year-old Brenda Lee. The song is written by the legendary Johnny Marks who became famous for creating Christmas songs such as Holly Jolly Christmas, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer…
It’s not surprising that this Christmas song was also recorded on a hot July day. The recording studio was adorned with Christmas decorations to create the festive atmosphere that we feel in the young singer’s voice. But it’s hard to tell how happy we are to hear it endlessly when exhausted by the holidays.
We really don’t have anything against this song, on the contrary, it awakens festive emotions in those who love Christmas and New Year’s, but we’ve been hearing it everywhere for so long that, by the beginning of January, openly or not, most of us are possessed by a wave if aggression upon hearing it.
The song’s lyrics don’t have much to do with Christmas or New Year’s. Moreover, it was written in California in 1945, on the hottest day of the year. To protect themselves from the heat, the authors decided to dedicate the song to a cold day in which it’s snowing and freezing but the days spent near a warm fire are still wonderful.
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