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Sunday, December 09, 2007

Mariah Carey Festively Slinks Back Into The Charts

Mariah Carey's probably smacking her jingle bells together over the resurgence of her 1994 holiday jam, "All I Want For Christmas Is You."

Well, either that or she got out the jar of Jiffy peanut butter and let the dog go to town on her C note in celebration! "All I Want For Christmas Is You," which originally peaked at #2 on the official U.K. singles chart 13 years ago, benefits from heavy downloading and changes in chart rules over the past couple years. It lands at #8 this week.

But while "All I Want..." is indeed a classic jam, a year prior to Mimi's initial release Saint Etienne teamed up with The Charlatans' Tim Burgess for the festive "I Was Born On Christmas Day" -- one of the more criminally overlooked holiday choons in somewhat recent years.

Here they are performing it live on Top Of The Pops in December 1993.

There are no less than eight Christmas-themed singles in the U.K. Top 40 this week, including The Pogues' "Fairytale Of New York" (#12), Wham!'s "Last Christmas (#23) and the ol' Band Aid standby "Do They Know It's Christmas" (#38).

Elsewhere, Cascada's bland rendition of "What Hurts The Most" [Video] is at #16. I just don't get the popularity of this group and the Euro-stripper that fronts them. Has there ever been another other act that's stretched the exact same beat over every song for two whole albums? A bit further down, Sugababes are at #26 with "Change" two weeks ahead of its CD single release.

The U.K. Top 10:

1. "Bleeding Love" - Leona Lewis *7 weeks*
2. "Heartbroken" - T2 feat. Jodie Aysha
3. "Call The Shots" - Girls Aloud
4. "Apologize" - Timbaland feat. OneRepublic
5. "Rule The World" - Take That
6. "No One" - Alicia Keys
7. "Valerie" - Mark Ronson feat. Amy Winehouse
8. "All I Want For Christmas Is You" - Mariah Carey
9. "Breathless" - Shayne Ward
10. "Crank That (Soulja Boy)" - Soulja Boy

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  • At 5:22 PM, Blogger Kenneth Walsh said…

    You're so right about "I Was Born on Christmas Day"! What a wonderful song.

    Roll the tape!

  • At 11:40 AM, Blogger J'ason D'luv said…

    Yeah, the only thing I can fault it for is that the vocals sound like they weren't recorded at the proper volume.

  • At 2:08 PM, Blogger Robb said…

    Just what we nee -- another cover of What Hurts the Most! That has to be the most-covered song in recent history. The original was done by country singer Mark Willis. Then the Irish girlgroup Bellefire recorded it. Then Jo O'Meara from S Club 7 released it as a single in the UK, where it sadly went largely unnoticed (even though I think her version is the best). And then dreadfully whiny Rascall Flatts released it a year later and had a huge hit. Great song, but I'd give anything not to hear Rascall Flatts sing it.

  • At 3:27 PM, Blogger El MarvelOso said…

    wow, that's an OLD picture of Mariah.

  • At 9:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I remember this song when it was first released 13 years ago. I'm still amazed at how she wrote an original Christmas song that is now a classic gem. I've heard different renditions of this song and for some reason, nothing beats the original.

  • At 9:46 PM, Blogger Scooter said…

    Why is it when Mariah sings that our garage door opens?

  • At 10:38 PM, Blogger Mike said…

    I think the appeal of Cascada lies in the group's complete and utter lack of credibility! I'm rather partial to their crap myself!

  • At 12:00 AM, Blogger Moogaboo said…

    I bet the Santa hat had to be Photoshopped onto Mimi's head because the real thing would have messed up her wig!

  • At 1:15 PM, Blogger Joshua said…

    I beg to differ! It's not a wig, it's a weave

    True fact: She made the studio put up full on xmas decorations, including a real, live and gussied up xmas tree, in the middle of June, when she was recording her Christmas album! DIVA!

    Also, she requested 3 french hens, two turtle doves, and a partridge in a pear tree

  • At 2:24 PM, Blogger Trailer Trashlee said…

    I heard that she demanded that they dip the partridge in glitter, and that if you listen to her album backwards, you can hear the squawking…of Meems that is!

  • At 5:38 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Mariah Carey will be my idol forever.

    She looks so cute dressed like Santa and the popular song "All I Want For Christmas Is You" sang by Mariah it's totally different and much more better than the original.

  • At 8:51 PM, Blogger chenmeinv0 said…

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