“All I Want for Christmas Is You” is a hit song written and produced by American singer and songwriter Mariah Carey and composer Walter Afanasieff. It was released by Columbia Records on November 1, 1994 as the lead single from her first holiday album and fourth studio album, Merry Christmas. “Christmas” is an uptempo love song that includes bell chimes and heavy back-up vocals, as well as use of synthesizers. The song’s lyrics declare that the narrator does not care about Christmas presents or lights; all she wants for Christmas is to be with her lover.
In the years since its original release, “All I Want for Christmas Is You” has become established as a Christmas standard; it was once called “one of the few worthy modern additions to the holiday canon” in The New Yorker, and continues to surge in popularity each holiday season. With global sales of over 14 million copies, the song remains Carey’s biggest international hit and one of the best-selling singles of all time. As of 2013 the song was reported to have earned $50 million in royalties.