Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays

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"Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays"
NSYNC - Merry Christmas Happy Holidays (Official Single Cover).png
Single by NSYNC
from the album The Winter Album and Home for Christmas
B-side"All I Want Is You (This Christmas)"
ReleasedNovember 29, 1998
FormatCD single
Songwriter(s)JC Chasez, Veit Renn, Justin Timberlake, Vincent Degiorgio
Producer(s)Veit Renn
NSYNC singles chronology
"U Drive Me Crazy"
"Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays"
"(God Must Have Spent) A Little More Time on You"

"Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays" is a song by American boy band NSYNC. It was released on November 29, 1998 as the first and only single from their 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. A cappella group Pentatonix covered the song in their 2016 Christmas album, A Pentatonix Christmas.

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.

Music video[edit]

The video for the track was directed by Lionel C. Martin. The video's premise is Santa Claus has become sick on Christmas Eve. Gary Coleman, dressed as an elf, summons NSYNC 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 NSYNC to deliver the presents, they say, "Whatchu talkin' about, Gary?", a play on the classic line, "Whatchu talkin' about, Willis?".[1]

Track listing[edit]

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


Chart (1998) Peak
US Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard)[2] 37
Chart (2017–18) Peak
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[3] 74
Germany (Official German Charts)[4] 57
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[5] 87

Cover versions[edit]