With the arrival of December, it is now possible to see and hear Mariah Carey singing her famous Christmas song “All I Want for Christmas Is You” everywhere.
Released in 1994, the success has been consolidated in recent years as the biggest Christmas hit in the “pop world”, always reaching occupy the first places in the Billboard top 10 at this time of year.
It is possible that Mariah Carey is currently the biggest pop diva of Christmas. Despite this, many other mainstream singers have already released releases for Santa Claus (or Santa Claus, in English). Check out 15 of them below.
“Underneath the Tree ” is the first single from Kelly Clarkson’s sixth studio album, “Wrapped in Red”, all Christmas themed and released in 2013 by RCA Records.
The song was written by her and producer Greg Kurstin and talks about gratitude for companionship, treating a loved one as the only gift needed “under the tree” at Christmas.
Apparently, Kelly Clarkson liked singing about Christmas and, in 2021, she released her ninth studio album and second with a Christmas theme: “When Christmas Comes Around…”, on the Atlantico record label.
The second single from this album is sung as a duet with Ariana Grande and was written by Kelly and Aben Eubanks: “Santa, Can’t You Hear Me“.
The song’s lyrics are an appeal to Santa Claus. Instead of material gifts, the singers ask for answers on how they can fulfill their biggest Christmas wish: love.
Before launching her partnership with Kelly Clarkson, Ariana Grande had already written her own Christmas song in 2014: “Santa Tell Me “.
Written by Ariana in partnership with Ilya and Savan Kotecha Salmanzadeh, the lyrics talk about love at Christmas and ask Santa Claus to only let her fall in love if his love continues with her until at least December 25th.
The blonde who recently passed through Brazil and was elected “person of the year” by “Time” magazine, also has her own Christmas trail.
“Christmas Tree Farm ” was written and produced by Taylor in partnership with Jimmy Napes and released in 2019. To the sound of bells and choir, the lyrics talk about his childhood Christmas memories.
“Cozy Little Christmas ” is the Christmas song by singer Katy Perry, released in 2018 exclusively on Amazon Music. However, the following year, the song received a music video and was distributed to all platforms.
Written and produced by Katy in partnership with Greg Wells and Ferras Alqaisi, the song talks about a Christmas the singer spent with her family in Copenhagen, Denmark. The lyrics also say that love is more important than gifts.
With dance-pop and synthpop influences, “Christmas Tree ” is a version of the classic Christmas song “Deck the Halls”, but with sexual innuendo in the lyrics.
Without a music video, Lady Gaga’s Christmas song was released in December 2008, the singer’s first year of success.
The song was written and produced by Gaga herself in partnership with Martin Kierszenbaum and Space Cowboy, who also puts her vocals on the song.
At the height of the news, after the release of her autobiographical book “The Woman in Me”, Britney Spears, the “little princess of pop”, also has her Christmas song.
“My Only Wish (This Year) ” is a teen pop song released in 2000 as part of a Christmas compilation album featuring several artists, including Whitney Houston and Christina Aguilera (see below).
Written and produced by Brian Kierulf and Josh Schwartz, the lyrics ask Santa Claus to give him a lover as a gift: “He’s everything I want for me under the Christmas tree.”
“Who Would Imagine a King ” is a Christmas song written by Mervyn Warren and Hallerin Hilton Hill and originally recorded by Whitney Houston for the soundtrack of the 1996 film “The Preacher’s Wife”.
However, the song was later included in the same compilation album that included Britney Spears’ Christmas song. The lyrics speak of the baby Jesus, but without mentioning him directly, destined to be “a king”.
The song was also included later, in 2003, on a Christmas album released by Whitney Houston: “One Wish: The Holiday Album”.
The song that Cristina Aguilera sings in the compilation is a version of “Silent Night ” (“Happy Night”, in Portuguese).
In the same year the compilation album was released, 2000, Christina released her own Christmas-themed album, “My Kind of Christmas”, with 11 songs.
“Snowman ” is the second single from the eighth studio album, and first Christmas-themed, by Australian singer Sia: “Everyday Is Christmas”.
Although the album was released in November 2017, a music video for “Snowman” was released three years later, in October 2020, using the clay animation technique — animation using modeling clay or similar material.
The same year, Brandon Funston of The Athletic listed “Snowman” as the 85th best Christmas song of all time.
In 2021, the song gained popularity on the social network TikTok, becoming considered a modern Christmas classic.
The music “You Make It Feel Like Christmas “, sung as a duet with Blake Shelton, was released by Gwen Stefani in 2017.
After the song’s release, Gwen released a Christmas album with the same name, which included six covers of classics and six original songs.
The album’s main songs make references to Stefani’s relationship with Shelton.
With the song “You Make It Feel Like Christmas”, Gwen Stefani entered the charts in several countries for the first time. A music video was released in 2018.
“One More Sleep “, by British singer Leona Lewis, is one of the most listened to Christmas songs in the United Kingdom, having been certified double platinum by the British Phonographic Industry.
The song is also recognized as one of the country’s greatest recent Christmas songs, according to the Official Charts Company. It was recorded for Leona’s first Christmas and fourth studio album in 2013.
Written by the singer herself in partnership with Richard “Biff” Stannard, Iain James, Jez Ashurst and Bradford Ellis, the lyrics talk about her waiting for her lover to arrive so they can celebrate Christmas together.
“Christmas Without You ” was released in October 2020 by Atlantic Records. However, its music video was released in 2022.
Written by Ava Max, Jesse Aicher, Sam Martin and producers Gian Stone and Cirkut, the song is a Christmas ballad that talks about how much she enjoys being with her love on Christmas Eve.
In November 2022, American singer and rapper Lizzo covered “Someday at Christmas “, by Stevie Wonder, exclusively for Amazon Music.
The singer said she chose the song “not just because it’s a classic, but because it’s a reminder that almost 60 years later, we’re still fighting for peace, compassion and equality.”
In December of the same year, Lizzo sang her version on Saturday Night Live (video below). Her version reached number 59 on the Billboard Hot 100, surpassing Wonder’s original.
One of the last “Christmas” releases was that of 77-year-old pop diva Cher.
On October 20, she released the Christmas album “Christmas” and, subsequently, chose as her first and main single the song “DJ Play a Christmas Song “. The song has almost no traditional Christmas references in its sound.
With electronic beats from the 1990s and Cher’s robotic voice, the lyrics (written by Sarah Hudson, Jessie Saint John, Brett McLaughlin, James Abrahart, Mark Schick and Lionel Crasta), talk about someone who goes out clubbing on the night of Christmas and that, as her only wish, she wants to dance all night as an escape from her problems.
British singer Jessie J covered the song “(Everybody’s Waitin’ for) The Man with the Bag” (popularized by Kay Starr) for a Boots advert during Christmas 2015.
But the version was released as a single titled “Man with the Bag ” and reached number 70 on the UK Singles Chart in 2020 and number 85 in 2021. In 2022, it was certified Silver by the British Phonographic Industry.
The song was written in 1950 by Irving Taylor, Dudley Brooks and Hal Stanley, making reference to Santa Claus, who leaves gifts for people who were “very special”.
Featuring Kay Starr, the song regularly appeared on Billboard’s list of most popular Christmas songs in the early 1950s. Hal Stanley was Kay Starr’s husband at the time.
Mariah Carey – “All I want for Christmas is you”
“Jingle Bells”, “Deck the Halls” and other classic Christmas songs have crossed generations as hits this time of year. But it was with “All I want for Christmas is you ” that Mariah Carey gave an air of renewal to the Christmas sound.
Every year, upon arriving in November, the singer begins a new process of relaunching the music, with videos (example from 2023 below), partnerships, re-recordings, performances, which puts her in the media spotlight – a phenomenon sought after by all divas in the world pop.
Source: CNN Brasil
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