The story behind Mariah Carey's 'All I Want for Christmas Is You'

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Mariah magic: -Fresh from the success of her 1993 best-selling third album 'Music Box.

Musical inspiration: -Wanting to create a timeless track, Carey and Afanasieff took influence from '60s girl bands such as The Ronettes.

A new holiday hit?: -Writing a brand new holiday hit was an even more unlikely decision. Competing with classics such as 'Jingle Bells'. 

Reigning Christmas royalty: -There's no questioning Carey's unofficial role as Queen of Christmas. 

A Christmas album: -Together with her then-husband, Sony Music Entertainment boss Tommy Mottola.

Perfect Christmas: -She's certainly achieved her dream—her smash hit is one of very few modern songs to be added to the canon of classic holiday songs.

Holiday-loving star: -Mariah Carey loves Christmas. She's always loved Christmas. 

Walter Afanasieff: -Carey composed the track with songwriting partner Walter Afanasieff, with the pair reportedly penning the classic in just 15 minutes.

Humble beginnings: -In an 11-minute Amazon mini-documentary from 2019, the star revealed how she would eagerly await the festive season as a child.

Holiday cheer: -At the time, Christmas albums were not popular among younger artists.

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