Finally. Mariah Carey’s Xmas anthem is number 1 on the Billboard charts. But it does not yet belong to the league of real icons.
Without Mariah Carey it is not a real Christmas Photo: dpa
She recorded the song more than a quarter of a century ago, but it is only this year that "All I Want For Christmas Is You" is also at the top of the Billboard charts in the U.S., the list from which the music industry as well as its artists:inside see how successful they are ranked.
For the first time in 61 years, a number one hit with a Christmas theme. And because Mariah Carey, the adorably ambitious daughter of an Afro-Venezuelan father and an Irish mother, does her job so stubbornly professionally, she makes it a point every year to get as many millions of hits as possible before Christmas.
Now it’s done. Everyone who complains that the song is just a somewhat hysterical stimulant to unleash the (capitalist) shopping frenzy actually knows: shopping is okay and not to be despised, because buying beautiful things is the purpose of the world of goods, especially for the poor and poorest. Carey always understood her, because she loves pretty things as much as she loves herself – a flawless, always exquisitely trimmed middle-aged woman.
In any case, her Christmas song is so beautiful because it is arranged with the sounds of bells, differs from German Xmas songs in that it does not mill into ears as tranig-depressively as, say, "Silent Night, Holy Night" or "Every Year Again". No, Carey embodies a song that knows how to glow well vocally at the family celebration, when Wham’s "Last Christmas" is even more cheerfully melancholy and "Happy Xmas" (by Lennon/Ono), in the version by Celine Dion, knows how to wring something of its own, almost unbounded genuine cheerfulness out of the idea of the hymnal: if kitsch – then please also consistently.
Carey is rightly one of the most successful pop chanteuses of the last three decades. Full of glitter and glory, with a powerful yet sensitive voice, she will be pleased, even if it is still a long, yet feasible way or ascent to the league of real icons (Barbra Streisand, Judy Garland, Aretha Franklin), it must also be said. Without "All I Want For Christmas Is You" the Advent season is in any case not a real one.