Welcome back to the countdown!!!
I just swooned over this gorgeous Christmas tree. Looks like pink was popular as an alternative Christmas decorating color long before it became known as shabby chic. Whatever the style was called, I just love it.
Found on Pinterest (original source unknown).
Occasionally two different songs have the same title. Some examples include the Beatles and the Doors with “The End”, Ringo Starr and Def Leppard share “Photograph”, Queen and Jefferson Airplane share “Somebody To Love”, R.E.M. and the Cars share “Drive” to name a few. Today’s song was released first but when a more popular and successful singer released her song with the same title in 1994, it all but sent today’s version into non-existence. But over the years the first one found its way back to regular air play thanks in part to all the 24 hour a day Christmas music stations across the nation. That also helped to land this song on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart seven times between 1994 and 2002.
The original version is sung by a country/pop/novelty group with lead vocals by Lisa Layne who was known as Lisa Burgess Stewart at the time of the recording. It is considered a country song, yet when a country artist recorded her own version of it, she did it with a jazzy, bluesy big band feel. That sound combined with her powerful voice makes her version my current favorite of the two.
As for the other song with the same title, it is a holiday staple. I love the way it is featured in the movie “Love Actually“. And last month it cemented its place in history by garnering three Guinness World Records for 2020. The honors include highest-charting holiday (Christmas/New Year) song on the U.S. Hot 100 chart by a solo artist, most weeks in the U.K. singles top 10 chart for a Christmas song and most-streamed track on Spotify in 24 hours (female). That must qualify the singer as the Christmas Queen.
Vince Vance & The Valiants: “All I Want For Christmas Is You” (1989, written by Troy Powers and Andy Stone in 1989).
LeAnn Rimes: “All I Want For Christmas Is You” (2004, written by Troy Powers and Andy Stone in 1989).
Mariah Carey: “All I Want For Christmas Is You” (1994, written by Mariah Carey and Walter Afanasieff f/k/a Baby Love in 1994).
I do not own the rights to anything. I am just sharing some things that I love with you 🙂
What are some of your favorite Christmas songs?
Until next time, happy listening!!!