Lets get right down to it, Mariah Carey’s All I Want For Christmas Is You is one of, if not THE best contemporary Christmas song. Year after year it’s the best selling Christmas song every December, and Mariah performs it at high profile Christmas events multiple times every holiday season. You cant go out Christmas shopping without hearing it at least 3 times at different stores. It’s truly and honestly iconic.
I will count down my top favorite versions of the song, and not all of them are by Mariah 👀
10. MARIAH FT JIMMY FALLON & THE ROOTS
A few years ago, before carpool karaoke was a thing, Jimmy Fallon singing with stars and his band The Roots was all the rage. They use nothing but classroom instruments to accompany the voices and it makes it really charming and super fun .
9. ARIANA GRANDE
Mariah will disown me if she ever reads this, but Ariana’s live cover of the classic tune is truly great. Accompanied by a beautiful choir and serving great vocals, Ariana gave us a performance to remember.
Karmin brought us this amazing cover this year, putting their unique twist on the song, a little glitchy, a little electronic, and even making it a bit sexy, all while staying true to the original. And look at how good Nick looks with that Christmas sweater 😍
7. PARK BOM & LEE HI
You wouldn’t think that this song could be dark and depressing, but Park Bom and Lee Hi managed to bring us this sorrowful version. With voices so rich and full of feeling, this version turns the cheerful and joyful song into a beautiful pleading ballad.
Bieber was arguably at his peak when this duet came out. He was still the cute innocent boy that all the girls fell head over heels for. This collaboration with a legend really showed off how charming he could be, and gave Mariah another hit version of the song.
5. ACOUSTIC MIX
Acoustic versions of established songs can either be a hit or a miss, but this is absolutely gorgeous. The minimal instrumentation really highlights the beautiful vocals. The only reason this isn’t higher on the list is because this is a fan-made mix and I’m not entirely sure where the vocals they used came from.
This list wouldn’t exist without the original song. An iconic, quintessential holiday anthem that has been beloved for more than two decades and keeps going strong every year. A legendary Christmas song by a living legend.
3. MARIAH FT JAMES CORDEN AND CARPOOL KARAOKE GUESTS
Just in time for the holiday season this year, Mariah brought us yet another great version of the song, this time on Carpool Karaoke. Accompanied by the host, James Corden, Mariah starts singing the hit song, only to be soon accompanied by a string of A-List celebrities (and Demi Lovato) singing with her. The funnest Carpool Karaoke of the year.
2. MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE
Beautifully angsty and an absolute bop, My Chemical Romance brought us the absolute best not only rock, but the best cover of the song in general so far. With the signature MCR sound and an epic climax, this version is perfect to jump around playing your air guitar having a lot of fun.
1. MIDI VERSION
This mash of piano keys is truly immaculate and the best the song has ever sounded!
1. EXTRA FESTIVE!
No one thought the original song could be made better, but in 2010 Mariah surprised us all with this updated version of the song. With a grand intro, and a quicker start to the song, the extra festive version is definitely the absolute best version of the song so far. With added bells and other cheerful sounds, Mariah tweaked her song to be even more cheerful and even more festive than before, just like her.
Hope y’all enjoyed this journey with me. Merry Christmas to everyone from all of us here at Endxrphin!!!