"All I Want for Christmas Is You" is a song by American singer Mariah Carey and Walter Afanasieff, and recorded for Carey's fifth album Merry Christmas (1994). Its protagonist declares that she does not care about Christmas presents or lights; all she wants for Christmas is to be with her lover. It was released as the album's first single in December 1994 (see 1994 in music) and reached the top ten in several countries.
It is Carey's most successful song worldwide, having sold over 8 million cds, digital downloads, and ringtones worldwide. It sold over 1 million in Japan and remains one of her most successful today. It became the first holiday ringtone to go gold and platinum and its history of breaking records only start from there. Every Christmas it peaks inside the top 10 in most charts it enters. According to The New Yorker, it is "one of the few worthy modern additions to the holiday canon".Despite the common misconception that Carey covered this song, the fact is that this track is an original song written by Carey and Walter Afanasieff