Editors’ Notes Twinkle lights. Santa hats. Endless trays of cookies. There are plenty of signs that the holidays are upon us, but everyone knows the season isn’t official until you hear one song: Mariah Carey’s impossibly joyous and utterly ubiquitous “All I Want for Christmas Is You.” The jingle-jangling blockbuster is so larger-than-life that in 2019, 25 years after its release, it finally hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, sparking a renewed appreciation of how the song rose above hundreds of other contemporary carols to become the definitive Christmas standard of our time.

The full album also contains 10 other holiday songs, including two originals—“Miss You Most (At Christmas Time)” and “Jesus Born on This Day,” both co-written with her longtime collaborator Walter Afanasieff. But with her vocal acrobatics and range, Carey has a way of making even the classics sound shiny and new. Whether it’s the choir-backed elation of “Joy to the World” or the Motown-flavored soul of “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home),” Merry Christmas is the rare holiday record that feels uniquely American and everlasting.

SONG
Silent Night
1
3:41
 
All I Want for Christmas Is You
2
4:01
 
O Holy Night
3
4:27
 
Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)
4
2:35
 
Miss You Most (At Christmas Time)
5
4:33
 
Joy to the World
6
4:20
 
Jesus Born on This Day
7
3:42
 
Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town
8
3:24
 
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing / Gloria (In Excelsis Deo)
9
3:00
 
Jesus Oh What a Wonderful Child
10
4:29
 
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
11
1:18
 
Sugar Plum Fairy Introlude
1
0:44
 
All I Want for Christmas Is You (Live at The Cathedral of St. John The Divine)
2
5:05
 
Silent Night (Live at The Cathedral of St. John The Divine)
3
3:44
 
Joy to the World (Live at The Cathedral of St. John The Divine)
4
5:39
 
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing / Gloria (In Excelsis Deo) [Live at The Cathedral of St. John The Divine]
5
3:03
 
Jesus Born on This Day (Live at The Cathedral of St. John The Divine)
6
3:45
 
Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town (Live at The Cathedral of St. John The Divine)
7
3:27
 
Oh Santa!
8
3:31
 
Christmas Time Is in the Air Again
9
3:02
 
When Christmas Comes
10
4:46
 
The Star
11
4:01
 
Lil Snowman
12
3:18
 
Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town (Anniversary Mix)
13
2:46
 
All I Want for Christmas Is You (feat. Jermaine Dupri & Bow Wow) [So So Def Remix]
14
3:43
 
All I Want for Christmas Is You (Mariah's New Dance Mix Extended 2009)
15
6:41
 
Joy to the World (Celebration Mix)
16
8:00
 
Joy to the World (Flava Mix)
17
7:05
 
Sugar Plum Fairy Introlude (Acapella)
18
0:40
 

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