While Mariah Carey’s unmistakable original of All I Want For Christmas Is You is the rendition everyone knows and loves, it turns out that a few stars have put their unique spins on it since its release, including several performers. leading.
In 2021, Mariah is celebrating 27 years of (royalties for) All I Want For Christmas Is You and to mark the occasion, we’ve rounded up some of the standout covers from Yuletide’s hit, along with our verdict on how they measure up. all back to the origin…
10. Michael Buble
Fans of Michael Bublé’s ride or die aside (and make no mistake, there are plenty of them), we can’t quite imagine who we’d recommend this release to.
Michael’s version strips away all the energy and pretty much all the festivity that is synonymous with Mariah’s original, making it sound more like an X Factor winner piano single than a celebratory tapping.
And considering how much he can do with his vocals, the crooner’s vocals are surprisingly restrained on this rendition…which isn’t what you want when someone’s supposed to be channeling Mariah Carey’s track, n ‘is this not ?
9. Mumford And Sons with Kylie Minogue
To be fair to Mumford & Sons and Kylie Minogue, this isn’t a full-fledged cover, but a minute of what we’re guessing was a lovely live rendition of Mariah’s hit during a TFI Christmas special Friday.
We have to be honest, though. We’re not exactly clamoring for a full-length version of this cover, which plays heavily on Mumford And Sons’ signature sound, but we do have to give Kylie props for hitting that high note at the end – awesome stuff from an artist whose vocal abilities can often be unfairly overlooked.
But please, Kylie. More banjos.
8. Her and Him
If you’re unfamiliar with the work of She & Him, it’s a musical duo made up of singer-songwriter Mr. Ward and actor Zooey Deschanel. And that alone should let you know what to expect with this coverage.
There are hardly any surprises here (except for an unexpected sax solo that reminds us of Shakin’ Stevens’ party hit). It’s a stripped-down version led by Zooey’s typically aloof and offbeat vocals, which is layered over strumming guitars and handclaps. You can literally see the quirky Christmas romantic comedy playing in your head as you listen to this.
If Zooey Deschanel turning the Zooey Deschanel up to 100 doesn’t sound like your thing, maybe skip this one, but it’s otherwise pretty harmless.
7. Fifth Harmony
During their time in the spotlight, Fifth Harmony made no secret of how inspired they were by Mariah Carey, so it’s no surprise that they recorded their own version of the famous diva’s Christmas classic.
The Fifth Harmony version opens with an acapella section that lets all the girls show off their vocal abilities, but from there it’s a pretty straightforward copy. Pretty good if you’re a Fifth Harmony fan, sure, but for everyone else there’s no real reason to listen to this over the original – which is a shame because that opening section promises a lot. .
Can we also address the disparity of gifts the band members receive in the accompanying music video? Three of them are fighting over a cup of tea while Ally gets a brand new phone? Shocking.
6. Miley Cyrus
This live cover was taped at Disneyland in 2007 when then-15-year-old Miley Cyrus was still riding the Hannah Montana wave, so it’s understandable that this very Disney-esque version is a little cheesy. .
Still, one thing no one will ever be able to take away from Miley is her incredible vocal abilities, and there are a few country accents thrown into the mix here that help her own the song. What we’d be really intrigued to hear is how All I Want For Christmas Is You would approach as his modern character.
6. Hunting Holfelder
While All I Want For Christmas Is You is a happy-sounding Christmas song, Mariah Carey once said she thought it was so punchy because the lyrics are actually quite sad, which which is an idea Chase Holfelder definitely leaned into with his take on the track.
Chase has made a name for himself on YouTube with his unique take on songs like Girls Just Want To Have Fun, Every Breath You Take, and Amazing Grace, which completely transform the sound of a song by remaking them in a minor key.
The results of doing this for All I Want For Christmas Is You are actually quite grim, especially since he removed the festive instrumentation and replaced it with intense piano chords. He also exchanged some of the happiest lyrics – “none of the lights shine so brightly anywhere, and the sound of children crying fills the air” – being an example.
It won’t be to everyone’s taste, but we take our hats off to Chase for totally reinventing a song we’ve heard thousands of times.
4. PJ Morton
You might not be particularly familiar with the work of two-time Grammy-nominated PJ Morton, but trust us when we say his cover of All I Want For Christmas Is You is definitely worth watching. listened to.
His version – a collaboration with fellow R&B singer Stokley – reinvents the melody as a festive slow-jam, with a horn section, ’90s keyboards and a laid-back vocal delivery.
It’s definitely a unique version of All I Want For Christmas Is You, but it’s also a version we can imagine Ms. Carey giving her manicured thumbs up to.
3. My Chemical Romance
As you’d expect, emo rockers replace the original’s 1960s-inspired instrumentation with the pop punk sound that made them so popular in the 2000s.
It starts, like most versions of the track, with a soft piano instrument, but frontman Gerard Way’s delivery still hints at what’s to come, which is…lots of electric guitars and heavy drums .
We have to hand it over to MCR though – this cover is much less of a racquet than you might think. If rock music isn’t your thing, then you’ll probably want to give this one a big shot, but for anyone else, we’d actually recommend this unique homage to a Christmas classic, which doesn’t never feels like it sneers or scorns the original despite being worlds away from it.
2. Ariana Grande
This live performance took place in 2012, a year before Ariana released her debut album and two years before she topped the UK singles chart with her breakthrough hit Problem.
But even at this annual stage, the singer is very much the Ariana we know and love when talking to the public.
And there’s no arguing with that voice, is there?
Ariana has been compared to Mariah Carey throughout her career, so it’s no surprise that she’s able to do justice to one of her most iconic tracks, although our only complaint is that – voice over apart, of course – there’s not much to set it apart from the original.
Years later, Ariana would release her own collection of Christmas music and even collaborate with Mariah on a revamp of her festive song Oh Santa! (which, by the way, is a total bop).
1. Justin Bieber and Mariah Carey
Then again, who can honestly do better than Mariah?
On this 2011 re-recording – dubbed the “Superfestive!” remix – released long before The Biebs made headlines for his less than cherubic demeanor, he and Mariah trade lines on an arrangement more or less identical to the original, with some added ad libs and harmonies.
Considering all of this is essentially cash-in, it’s still effective cover, guaranteed to bring at least a hint of a smirk to even the most miserable of Scrooges.
And after all that, let’s hear how it should sound, okay?