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 24, 1998
GenreChristmas, pop, R&B
Songwriter(s)JC Chasez, Veit Renn, Justin Timberlake, Vincent Degiorgio
Producer(s)Veit Renn
NSYNC singles chronology
"(God Must Have Spent) A Little More Time on You"
"Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays"
"Thinking of You (I Drive Myself Crazy)"
Music video
"Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays" on YouTube

"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 and was also featured on the end credits of the 1998 Disney Christmas movie I'll Be 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. The song has also been covered by American singer David Archuleta for the deluxe version of his album Winter in the Air in 2019, and by singer-songwriter Betty Who for Spotify Singles in 2020.

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.[1]

Music video[edit]

The video was directed by Lionel C. Martin and filmed in a day.[2] All five members of NSYNC had creative input for the direction of the video, as they wanted it to "be pop, fun, and energetic."[2] This also included their request to include Gary Coleman as an elf in the video, which Martin described as "a little tricky" to secure on board.[2] The classic sitcom Diff'rent Strokes is referenced when NSYNC ask "Whatchu talkin' about, Gary?", based on Coleman's catchphrase; "Whatchu talkin' about, Willis?". Coleman's agent didn't approve of him saying the line, as it was owned by NBC.[2] The video debuted on TRL on December 14, 1998 and became the band’s third video to reach number one on the countdown at the time.[3]

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)[4] 37
Chart (2017–18) Peak
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[5] 74
Germany (Official German Charts)[6] 57
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[7] 87

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label Ref.
United States November 24, 1998 Jive [8]

David Archuleta version[edit]

In 2019, David Archuleta covered “Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays” for the deluxe version of his Christmas album Winter in the Air. The accompanying music video features NSYNC members Chris Kirkpatrick and Lance Bass in cameos.[9][10]


  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Home for Christmas - *NSYNC Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  2. ^ a b c d Young, Sage (November 10, 2018). "*NSYNC's 'Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays' Video Was Supposed To Be "Cheesy," According To Its Director". Bustle. Retrieved December 23, 2019.
  3. ^ "December 1998". ATRL. 6 May 2020.
  4. ^ "*N Sync Chart History (Pop Songs)". Billboard.
  5. ^ "*N Sync – Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40. Retrieved January 5, 2018.
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  7. ^ "*N Sync – Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved December 31, 2018.
  8. ^ "Reviews & Previews". Billboard. 28 November 1998. p. 20. Retrieved 2021-10-01.
  9. ^ Wass, Mike (2019-11-14). "David Archuleta Covers NSYNC's "Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays"". idolator. Retrieved 2021-08-14.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  10. ^ Papadatos, Markos (2019-11-14). "Review: David Archuleta joins NSYNC members for stunning holiday classic". Digital Journal. Retrieved 2021-08-14.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)