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Monday, December 19, 2016

Thoughts on Christmas Songs

You've been hearing Christmas music, probably since before Thanksgiving. By this time you must have heard Mariah Carey's "All I Want For Christmas Is You," 150 times. The song was released back in 1994 and after 22 years is still #1. Imagine how many times you've heard it in those 22 years...

If you're curious about the popularity ranking of Christmas songs, click here. And if you haven't heard it enough already, look for the tune on the Mariah Carey CDs, Merry Christmas and Merry Christmas II You [CD HOLIDAY CAR].

The song is featured prominently in the film Love Actually [DVD LOV], but it is sung by someone other than Carey.

Mariah Carey has been made a millionaire fifty times over by "All I Want For Christmas Is You." It seems impossible that royalties from one song could bring in so much money, doesn't it? Yet, the idea that a Christmas song could provide continuous income for years and years is the premise of another movie, About a Boy [DVD ABO] starring Hugh Grant, who, coincidentally, also stars in Love Actually! About a Boy, the film, is based on the novel of the same name by Nick Hornby [F HOR].

The following song is a little less popular than "All I Want for Christmas Is You." If you're lucky enough (unlucky enough?) you'll hear at least once each year. (I don't think you'll ever find Hugh Grant starring in a filmed version.)

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