All I Want for Christmas Is You (Vince Vance & The Valiants song)

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"All I Want for Christmas Is You"
Single by Vince Vance & The Valiants
from the album All I Want for Christmas Is You
Released 1989 (1989)
Format 7" single
Genre Country
Length 3:47
Label Valiant 92689
Writer(s) Troy Powers, Andy Stone
Producer(s) Ed Loftus, James Stroud

"All I Want for Christmas Is You" is a Christmas song recorded by American novelty act Vince Vance & The Valiants. Initially released as a single in 1989, Vince Vance's version of the song has charted several times on the Billboard country singles charts. It is the most-played Christmas song on country radio, as well as Vince Vance & the Valiants' only chart entry.

Content[edit]

"All I Want for Christmas Is You" is a mid-tempo in triple meter, featuring lead vocals from Lisa Layne.[1] In it, the female narrator, singer Lisa Layne, explains that she does not want Christmas decorations, or gifts from Santa Claus. Instead, all she wants for Christmas is her lover. The melody used in the song is based on Bobby Vinton's number 9 pop hit single from early 1964, "My Heart Belongs to Only You", with a few minor alterations.[2]

Reception[edit]

In his review of the album All I Want for Christmas Is You, Allmusic reviewer Jason Birchmeier referred to the song as a "holiday favorite within the country community during the '90s" but noted that the rest of the album was not "remotely worth bothering with".[3] Having received frequent rotation on country radio and adult contemporary radio during the Christmas season since its 1993 re-release, "All I Want for Christmas Is You" is also the most-played country music Christmas song.[4]

The song was also made into a music video, directed by Steve Dunning.[5]

Chart performance[edit]

The song first charted in early 1994 based on airplay from the 1993 Christmas season, peaking at #55 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks (now Hot Country Songs) charts on the chart week of January 8, 1994.[6] It re-entered in December 1994, reaching a new peak of #52 on the chart week of January 7, 1995.[6] The song re-entered the country charts again every January afterward (except for 1999), with its last Hot Country Singles & Tracks entry being in January 2000. Although it never charted on the country charts again, it peaked at #23 on the Hot 100 Recurrent Airplay chart in 2002 (despite having never entered the Billboard Hot 100 or Hot 100 Airplay charts), and has re-appeared on the Hot Country Recurrents chart every Christmas since late 2000-early 2001.

Chart (1994) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks 55
Chart (1994–1995) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks 52
Chart (1995–1996) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks 52
Chart (1996–1997) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks 49
Chart (1997–1998) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks 43
Chart (1999–2000) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks 31
Chart (2002) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 Recurrent Airplay 23

References[edit]

  1. ^ Shannon, Gary. Lisa Layne—The Voice Behind “All I Want for Christmas is You” Vince Vance and the Valiants, http://929thelake.com, December 4, 2012
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Christmas in the Charts (1920-2004). Wisconsin: Record Research Inc. p. 63. ISBN 0-89820-161-6. 
  3. ^ Birchmeier, Jason. "All I Want for Christmas Is You review". Allmusic. Retrieved 23 December 2008. 
  4. ^ "Most-Played Christmas Songs On Country Radio Listed". KWTX. 2008-12-02. Archived from the original on 9 January 2009. Retrieved 23 December 2008. 
  5. ^ "Vince Vance & the Valiants: All I Want for Christmas Is You". CMT. Archived from the original on 27 December 2008. Retrieved 23 December 2008. 
  6. ^ a b Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. p. 244. ISBN 0-89820-177-2.