Grown-Up Christmas List

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For the extended play by Charice, see Grown-Up Christmas List (EP).
"Grown-Up Christmas List"
Single by Amy Grant
from the album Home for Christmas
Released 1992 (US)
Format Promo CD single
Recorded 1992
Genre Christmas, pop
Length 3:44
Label A&M, Word Records
Writer(s) David Foster, Linda Thompson-Jenner, Amy Grant
Amy Grant singles chronology
"Breath of Heaven (Mary's Song)"
"Grown-Up Christmas List"
"Let the Season Take Wing"
Music video
"Grown-Up Christmas List" on YouTube

"Grown-Up Christmas List" (sometimes titled "My Grown-Up Christmas List") is a Christmas song composed by David Foster (music) and Linda Thompson-Jenner (lyrics),[1] and originally recorded by Foster (with singer Natalie Cole on vocals) for his 1990 non-holiday album River of Love. Though it was also released as a single, the song was not a hit upon its first appearance. In 1992, however, Amy Grant recorded a version for her second holiday album, Home for Christmas. Grant's version featured altered lyrics and an additional verse that Grant penned herself. Her record label at the time, A&M Records, promoted the song as the second single from the album, and it received substantially more radio airplay than the original version by Foster.

The song is about a visit with Santa Claus by an adult who does not ask Santa for anything material for Christmas, but rather nothing but good things for all humanity.

The original version by David Foster with Natalie Cole also appeared on Foster's 1993 holiday set, The Christmas Album.[2]

In 2003, former American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson performed "Grown-Up Christmas List" on the show's Christmas special, which resulted in renewed airplay of the song during the holiday season that year.

Music video[edit]

A&M Records released a music video for Amy Grant's recording of the song, featuring an appearance by Grant's son, Matthew Chapman. Grant's version is the one most people associate with the song.

List of notable recordings[edit]

The song has been frequently covered by other artists, including:

The 2000 version by Monica also contains a second verse penned by Thompson-Jenner. Kelly Clarkson's 2003 version was the first version to make any of Billboard's singles chart; her rendition peaked at no. 17 on the Hot Adult Contemporary chart during the Christmas holiday season of 2003-2004. Miguel's cover was recorded in Spanish as "Mi Humilde Oración" for his album Navidades and it peaked at No. 37 on the Billboard Latin Pop Songs chart.[10]

Track listing (Amy Grant single)[edit]

  1. "Grown Up Christmas List – Edit 3:44"
  2. "Grown Up Christmas List – LP Version 5:00"


The original version of Grant's single failed to enter any of the Billboard charts. Clarkson's version entered the Adult Contemporary chart in 2003 where it spent five weeks on the chart.[11]

Chart (2003-2004) Peak
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)[12] 17


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  2. ^ Takiff, Jonathan (November 26, 1993). "Spicing up the season: Holiday albums abound", Philadelphia Daily News, p. 72.
  3. ^ Gundersen, Edna (December 16, 1996). "Getting in tune with the holiday season", USA Today, p. D4.
  4. ^ Galante Block, Debbie (August 23, 1997). "Holi-discs for '97 marry Christmas to every conceivable musical genre", Billboard 109 (34): 64–5.
  5. ^ Harrington, Richard (December 10, 2000). "Musicmakers, Taking Up the Santa Cause: From Christina Aguilera to – Yikes! – Rosie O'Donnell, the Sounds of the Season Packaged Just for You", The Washington Post, p. G5.
  6. ^ Mervis, Scott (November 23, 2001). "Holiday gems & lumps of coal: Santa's got a mixed bag of new Christmas music", Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, p. W1.
  7. ^ Blakey, Bob (December 8, 2002). "Sounds of the season: Ginette Reno: The First Noel", Calgary Herald, p. D5.
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  10. ^ "Navidades - Luis Miguel: Awards". Allmusic. Rovi. Retrieved 2013-05-14. 
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  12. ^ "Kelly Clarkson Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Adult Contemporary for Kelly Clarkson.