We Haven't Had a Real Christmas Hit in 19 Years
Chris Klimek blames nostalgia, iTunes
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Dec 14, 2013 2:45 PM CST
A holiday release by Mariah Carey, "Merry Christmas II You." Not since her "All I Want for Christmas Is You" have we had a real holiday hit.   (AP Photo/Island def Jam)

(Newser) – It has apparently become impossible to write a new Christmas classic. The holiday canon "isn’t just closed—it’s a location-undisclosed black site that’s locked down tighter than Santa’s workshop," observes Chris Klimek at Slate. The last song that really fits the bill is Mariah Carey's "All I Want for Christmas Is You," and that came out in 1994. It's not for stars' lack of trying: Lady Gaga, for instance, had a Christmas song back in 2008, and Coldplay released one in 2010—but you probably don't remember either one.

Yet much of the Christmas fare that comes out these days amounts to a rehashing of old favorites. Even the new stuff sounds "sort of old": The original songs on new holiday albums by Kelly Clarkson and Leona Lewis are reminiscent of Phil Spector. What gives? Well, "during the nostalgia-drunk holiday season, people crave old songs," Klimek writes. And because people can select individual songs on iTunes and YouTube rather than getting full albums, songwriters aren't likely to make much headway even if they tuck new material in with the old. Click for Klimek's full piece.

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Ezekiel 25:17
Dec 21, 2013 11:54 PM CST
Never thought I would hate a Christmas song so much as, "Rudolph the red nosed reindeer." I went on a trip with the family recently and we went to a mall where they had Build a Bear. You know, that money pit created by a bored teacher. So the niece creates a $40 reindeer with a noise box inside. It plays, "Rudolph" until your ears bleed. So, to get back at the little hellian, I kept inserting the back story into the song such as Pinocchio, light bulb, monopoly, etc. I kept it up and eventually she looked at her mom in tears and says, "he says it pinocchio. Finally she puts it up as the song is no longer a joy to here. Waaaa Waaaa Waaaa.
ashes123
Dec 16, 2013 11:47 AM CST
I don't consider Mariah Carey's "All I Want for Christmas Is You" to be a hit...in fact, I find it downright annoying and can't believe how often it's played on my local Christmas station. Michael Bublé just made it palatable to hear. Try again, guys, gonna have to go back even farther for the last "big hit."
loveandhope
Dec 16, 2013 10:03 AM CST
I love Christmas songs!!!! Mariah Carey of course is my all time favorite. My favorite Christmas songs from her are just about all of them, O Holy Night, Silent Night, All I want for Christmas is Your, and O Little Town of Bethlehem. Love it! She has a voice from heaven above. When I hear her sing, i hear the halleluiah chorus. She is an angel!!! In my opinion, she is the best of the best.