''Mariah created a lyric that probably, to this day, is the only uptempo Christmas love song. I think people like this positive love song because it's interchangeable: Anybody can sing it to anybody. It's about everybody, and it can only mean one thing from father to child or mother to child or wife to husband. It's just, 'All I Want For Christmas Is You.'" - Walter Afanasieff (songwriter)
"It's a very simple arrangement. In fact, it's so simple that at the time I thought it was overly simple and I really didn't like it. Music people know: 'bah bah bah bah bah bah bah bah'... it's almost a practice interval. So, keeping that tradition and then the oversimplified melody I guess made it so easily palatable for the whole world to go, 'Oh, I can't get that out of my head.'" - Walter Afanasieff (songwriter)
"I'm a very festive person and I love the holidays. I've sung Christmas songs since I was a little girl. I used to go Christmas caroling. When it came to the album, we had to have a nice balance between standard Christian hymns and fun songs." - Mariah Carey
''THE STORY BEHIND THE SONG''
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