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“All I Want For Christmas Is You” by Mariah Carey was released on Oct. 28, in 1994, and has been a seasonal favorite for many. It has been a top Christmas music hit for multiple years, and will become a classic as time goes on.

The start of the holiday season is found everywhere in late November and early December; with the weather growing colder, the hustle and bustle of shoppers, decorations all over and the noise many would say marks the beginning of the holiday season: Mariah Carey. The ever-so-familiar riff that starts off one of her most popular songs, “All I Want For Christmas Is You”, can be heard everywhere by the time Thanksgiving ends. However, let’s break the ice on Mariah Carey: is she really the voice of the season?

Up until “The Christmas Song” was sung by Nat King Cole, classic Christmas songs such as “O Holy Night,” “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” and “O Christmas Tree” ruled the season. Well-known artists such as Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra shaped the mold of the genre we now wait all year to hear. These days, seasonal listeners are more likely to hear modern tunes such as “Santa Tell Me,” “Last Christmas” and “Mistletoe.” Listeners can choose what era of Christmas music they hear as technology modernizes, so many choose a mix of old and new carols to get them into the holiday spirit. However, overplayed songs don’t even begin to reach the levels of popularity that “All I Want For Christmas Is You” has reached.

Due to its popularity, the song sounds great during the holidays, but hearing it played so much before December even started leaves it with a bitter taste for me. After releasing a video of her melting out of a block of ice once the clock struck midnight on Nov. 1, Carey announced it was officially time to start the Christmas season. I found this to be a bit exhausting, as Halloween had quite literally ended minutes before, and there was still one more major holiday to go before Christmas arrived.

This overpopularized song is a great example of how when a perfectly good song or artist becomes overplayed, many will begin to find it hard to listen to. This has happened many times, and “All I Want For Christmas is You” is just one of the many songs tainted by oversaturation. I won’t deny the tune is catchy, but after hearing it five times a day, it begins to drive the holiday spirit out of the song.

In short, the classic Christmas songs will always remain favorites for many, and soon Carey’s song will become one too. “All I Want For Christmas Is You”, which I admit is quite good, was taken to extreme levels this season that we have not seen a Christmas song be taken to before. As people get ready for Christmas, we all need to remember what truly makes the holiday so special, and overplaying a song is certainly not on that list.

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Sammie Jo Clark
Sammie Jo Clark, Section Editor
Sophomore Sammie Jo Clark is a second year reporter for the Brantley Banner and the entertainment/opinions section editor. Outside of school, Clark is a film and commercial actress who has been in various movies, and also trains in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu and Muay Thai. She can be found anywhere there is a set, or in a library reading, and you can check out her IMDb page linked below. Clark is a Marvel enthusiast and also has strong opinions on trending books. She plans on pursuing a career as an actress in the film industry, and hopes to provide unique opinions on upcoming events.
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    Brady WolfgramDec 21, 2023 at 6:06 pm

    You have no idea how irritating it can be to have the same song be played over and over again for a specific season and it’s not even within that season. I’m not saying that there aren’t going to be times where it will be appropriate. I’m just saying playing it 24 seven is a little much. I can’t wait to see what your next article will be, and have fun!!!!!

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    Leland MergillanoDec 21, 2023 at 5:43 pm

    This may be one of the best Christmas articles I’ve ever read. Miss Sammie Jo, you have a bright future ahead of you. Keep up the great work!

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