Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays

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"Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays"
Single by 'N Sync
from the album The Winter Album
Released November 29, 1998
Format CD single
Recorded 1998
Genre Pop
Length 4:12
Label RCA
Writer(s) JC Chasez, Veit Renn, Justin Timberlake
Producer(s) Veit Renn
'N Sync singles chronology
"U Drive Me Crazy"
(1998)
"Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays"
(1999)
"Thinking of You (I Drive Myself Crazy)"
(1999)

"Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays" is the first and only single from 'N Sync's second studio album, Home for Christmas. The song charted at #37 on the Top 40 Mainstream chart. The single was also the second from *NSYNC's European seasonal album, The Winter Album.

Critical reception[edit]

Stephen Thomas Erlewine reviewed the song in the context of Home for Christmas, and gave the following review:

It's always a sign that a group is hot if they release a holiday album mere months after their debut. That's the case with *NSYNC. Their debut was released in America in late March, and in early December, Home for Christmas hit the shelves. Much of the album is devoted to newer material, such as the anthemic "Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays", and only a handful of songs qualifying as standards: "The Christmas Song," "The First Noel," and "O Holy Night." All of it is given the familiar *NSYNC sheen, alternating between slickly produced adult contemporary ballads and lite dance-pop. Fans of the group will certainly find it reasonably enjoyable, even though it makes it clear that the group simply can't rival such peers as the Spice Girls or the Backstreet Boys in terms of charisma.[1]

Music video[edit]

The video for the track was directed by Lionel C. Martin. The video's premise is Santa has become sick on Christmas Eve. Gary Coleman, dressed as an elf, summons 'N Sync to take over. The boys deliver toys, presents, and good cheer throughout. The video debuted on TRL December 14, 1998. A reference to Coleman's classic sitcom Diff'rent Strokes is made when after Coleman tells 'N Sync to deliver the presents, they say, "Whatchu talkin' about, Gary?", a play on the classic line, "Whatchu talkin' about, Willis?".[2]

Tracklisting[edit]

  1. "Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays" – 4:12
  2. "All I Want Is You (This Christmas)" – 3:16

Charts[edit]

Chart (1998) Peak
position
US Pop Songs (Billboard) 37

Cover versions[edit]

Chicago recorded the song for their third Christmas album, O Christmas Three.

  • Fictional aspiring singer Alicia Alcott covered the song in the All About Us Christmas episode, Twas the Nightmare Before Christmas.

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