Dec 05 2012

Mariah Tops Time Out London's Greatest Holiday Songs

Time Out London selected the greatest ever holiday songs and Mariah's original classic "All I Want For Christmas Is You" tops the list!

1. Mariah Carey, "All I Want For Christmas Is You"

It's not the best-selling Christmas anthem (that's Bing at number five) but Mariah tops our list of the greatest ever festive songs for one good reason - it's catchier than a Christmas cold.

Originally released in 1994, this selfless plea to be with a loved one has everything: sleigh bells, pop hooks, the right balance of schmaltz and soul, and uplifting vibes strong enough to launch a jump-jet. Sure, Wham! know their way around a chart-topper, but who wants to think about being jilted by an ex in the holidays? Darlene Love's classic at number four shares a similar sentiment, but her bluesy howl can't replicate the gaiety of Mariah's falsetto. Nor can the Pogues's rasping Shane MacGowan for that matter. You'll hear it everywhere this December, but it's one ear worm we can live with harmoniously. 



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