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"Oh Santa!"
Single by Mariah Carey
from the album Merry Christmas II You
Released October 11, 2010
Format Digital download
Recorded 2010;
Length 3:31
Label Island
  • Carey
  • Cox
  • Dupri
Mariah Carey singles chronology
"Angels Cry"
"Oh Santa!"
"Auld Lang Syne (The New Year's Anthem)"

"Oh Santa!" is a song by American singer and songwriter Mariah Carey from her second Christmas album/thirteenth studio album, Merry Christmas II You (2010). Carey wrote and produced the song in collaboration with Jermaine Dupri and Bryan-Michael Cox.

Background, release and composition[edit]

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"Oh Santa!" was one of four new songs which Carey co-wrote and co-produced alongside longtime collaborators Jermaine Dupri and Bryan-Michael Cox, for her second Christmas album, Merry Christmas II You (2010).[1][2] The song premiered on AOL on October 1, 2010[3] and was released via digital download by iTunes on October 11, 2010.[4] According to sheet music published at Musicnotes, "Oh Santa!" is an upbeat pop song[1] which incorporates the musical genres of Christmas, R&B and Dance-pop.[1] The song is written in common time with a moderate tempo of 80 beats per minute and is written in the key of C major, with Carey's vocal range spanning from the low note of B2 to the high note of F6.[1] Carey also recorded a mix of "Oh Santa!" and her signature christmas song "All I Want for Christmas Is You", entitled "Oh Santa! All I Want for Christmas is You (Jump Smokers Holiday Mashup)", which was made available to download via iTunes on December 17, 2010.[5]

Critical reception[edit]

"Oh Santa!" received mixed to positive reviews from music critics, who praised the musicality of the song, but felt that it was substandard to Carey's famous Christmas song "All I Want For Christmas Is You". AOL music said "Mariah Carey's newest song, 'Oh Santa!,' will have people thinking about Christmas even if it's only October." Caryn Ganz of Rolling Stone and Mike DIver of BBC Music both commented on the beat of the song, with Ganz writing "Mariah bops to a schoolyard-chant beat on 'Oh Santa!‍ '​,"[6] however, even though Diver praised the songs beat, he felt that it was not as good as Carey's signature christmas song "All I Want For Christmas Is You," writing "Oh Santa! is a boisterous RnB bopper that makes perfect sense as this set’s lead single – it’s not in the same league as All I Want…, but it’s sure to warrant revisiting 12 months down the line."[7] A reviewer from Idolator likened "Oh Santa!" to Avril Lavigne‍ '​s song "Girfriend" (2007) writing, "Presumably, not every track will sound like a North Pole version of Avril Lavigne’s 'Girlfriend' as the boppy “Oh Santa!” does."[8] Sean Fennessey of The Washington Post listed "Oh Santa!" as one of the recommended tracks on the album, along with "Charlie Brown Christmas", as well as writing "There are noble gestures ...'Oh Santa!,' Carey's hyperkinetic, stomping team-up with onetime career-saver Jermaine Dupri and the underrated modern soul maestro Bryan-Michael Cox."[9]

Chart performance[edit]

In the United States, "Oh Santa!" became a record-breaking entry on the Billboard Adult Contemporary songs chart. It debuted at number twelve for the issue dated December 11, 2010.[10][11] The track soared to number one the following week,[12] marking the quickest ascent to the peak position since Nielsen BDS began tracking airplay in 1993, in just two weeks.[11] Previously, eight songs had reached number one within three weeks, four of which were Christmas entries due to adult contemporary radio stations playing an increased amount in the holiday season.[11] "Oh Santa!" became Carey's seventh number-one hit on the chart, and her first in fifteen years since "One Sweet Day" (1995-96), a duet with Boyz II Men. The singer also topped the chart with her debut single "Vision of Love" (her first) and "Love Takes Time" in 1990, "I Don't Wanna Cry" in 1991, and "Can't Let Go" and "I'll Be There" in 1992.[11] "Oh Santa!" remained atop the chart for four consecutive weeks altogether.[12][13][14][15] It finished at number 42 on the 2011 Adult Contemporary year-end chart.[16]

For the week ending October 30, 2010, "Oh Santa!" debuted at No. 1 on the US Billboard Holiday Digital Songs chart, which resulted in Carey occupying the top two positions on the chart, with "All I Want for Christmas Is You" at No. 2.[17] On the dated week of January 1, 2011, the song debuted and peaked at No. 100 on the US Billboard Hot 100 singles chart.[18]

Music video[edit]

Background and synopsis[edit]

The music video for "Oh Santa!" was directed by Ethan Lader[19] and was shot in Los Angeles on October 6, 2010.[20] Reports surfaced online that Carey's husband Nick Cannon would be directing the video, however Cannon dispelled the rumors on Twitter, saying "I am NOT directing."[20] The video for "Oh Santa!" premiered on entertainment news program Access Hollywood on November 2, 2010.[21] Prior to the release of the video, various media outlets speculated that the video was going incorporate the same style seen in Outkast's video for "Hey Ya!", with the singer as the main feature with a large audience.[20] For the video, Carey's fan site MariahDaily, posted a message asking people within the Los Angeles area to appear for a casting call for a chance to be featured in the video.[20]

Carey portrayed as a performer on the fictional christmas television show in the music video.

The video draws influence from 1950s and 1960s variety shows, and features Carey wearing a short, red "sexy Santa" ensemble, whilst on stage with a band, which featured gospel back-in singers as well as a group of dancers, consisting of cheerleaders. The plotline is centered around Carey hosting a "Mariah Carey Christmas" television show. The announcer introduces Carey saying "here she is, the greatest singer of all time, Ms. Mariah Carey!". The video then shows Carey's backup singers belting out the chorus while the singer is seen performing in front of a cheering audience. Her collection of fragrances is also advertised in the opening. In the second half of the video, Santa Claus makes an appearance, waving to friends and sharing a hug with Carey. The video ends with the singer laughing while the audience cheers and claps for her performance.[19][20]


Becky Bain of Idolator commented on the simple structure and themes of the video, writing "There’s not much to this simple vid, but it does feature Carey doing her usual hand waving theatrics while hitting some absolutely killer high notes."[22] Bain also observed that the vast majority of the shots of Carey are either long shots, showing the singer from a distance, or close up shots, showing Carey from the shoulders and above, so that the viewer was not able to easily recognise that she was pregnant.[22] Nicole James of MTV Buzzworthy also praised the content of the video, writing "Of course it wouldn't be a Mariah Carey video without some glitz and glam so the stage and backdrop are covered in (what else?) glitter. Mariah puts on a great show and sings her heart out with that famous eight-octave range ... scrooges need not apply, 'Oh Santa!' is fun and festive and has you longing for a sip of eggnog."[23]

Live performances[edit]

Carey performed the song for the first time in a pre-recorded performance on November 19, 2010, at NBC's Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting, which aired on November 30, 2010.[24] On December 3, 2010, Carey performed "Oh Santa!" as well as "All I Want For Christmas Is You" at the Walt Disney World Christmas Day Parade special, which featured Carey surrounded by dancers, including ballerinas and cheerleaders, and ended with fireworks at the end of the performance.[25] Carey then performed the song as part of a set list on her own one-off Christmas television special, entitled "Mariah Carey: Merry Christmas to You."[26] In addition to performing "Oh Santa!", Carey also performed her cover of "Charlie Brown Christmas" and a medley of "O Come All Ye Faithful/Hallelujah Chorus," featuring her mother, Patricia Carey, as well as various other songs from both of her Christmas albums.[27]

Track listings[edit]

  • Digital download[28]
  1. " Oh Santa!" – 3:31
  • The Remixes EP[29]
  1. "Oh Santa!" (Jump Smokers Edit) - 3:53
  2. "Oh Santa!" (Low Sunday Edit) - 4:09
  3. "Oh Santa!" (Jump Smokers Extended) - 4:08
  4. "Oh Santa!" (Low Sunday Club) - 6:16
  5. "Oh Santa!" (Jump Smokers Instrumental) - 3:52
  6. "Oh Santa!" (Low Sunday Instrumental) - 6:18

Credits and personnel[edit]

  • Recorded at Guardian Angel Studios; Westlake Recording Studios; Henson Studios; Capitol Recording Studios.
  • Mixed at The Ninja Beat Club.
  • Songwriting – Mariah Carey, Jermaine Dupri, Bryan-Michael Cox
  • Production – Mariah Carey, Jermaine Dupri, Bryan-Michael Cox
  • Music recording – John Horesco
  • Vocal recording – Brian Garten
  • Vocal recording assistants – Marcus Johnson and Thomas Kanarek, Martin Cooke, Nicholas Essif, Peter Mack
  • Mixing – Phil Tan
  • Mixing assistant – Damien Lewis
  • Drums – Jermaine Dupri
  • Bass – Randy Jackson
  • Keyboards and percussion – Bryan-Michael Cox
  • Background vocals – Angie Fisher, Melonie Daniels, Maryann Tatum, Sharlotte Gibson, Toni Scruggs

Credits adapted from the liner notes of Merry Christmas II You.[30]


Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label
United States[37][38] October 1, 2010 Radio Premiere (AOL) Island Records
October 11, 2010 Radio airplay
October 12, 2010 Digital download
United Kingdom[39] October 29, 2010 Mercury Records
France[40] Universal Music Group

Matt Fishel version[edit]

"Oh Santa!"
Single by Matt Fishel
Released November 18, 2013
Format digital download
Recorded 2013
Genre Pop punk, pop rock, Christmas
Length 3:41
Label Young Lust
Writer(s) Mariah Carey, Jermaine Dupri, Bryan-Michael Cox
Producer(s) Matt Fishel
Matt Fishel chronology
"When Boy Meets Boy"
"Oh Santa!"

In November 2013, British recording artist Matt Fishel released a cover version of "Oh Santa!" The single was released worldwide via digital download on iTunes, Amazon and Google Play on 18 November 2013.[41][42] A simple promo video for the song was released on Fishel's YouTube channel.[43]

Fishel's reworking of the song is guitar-led, contains elements of pop punk and incorporates Christmas bells and chimes. Fishel's version keeps the same lyrics from Carey's original version, giving the song a gay male perspective. JD Doyle of Queer Music Heritage wrote of Fishel's version: "I think it's wonderful...he wraps around it his usual perfect power pop arrangement, and of course, [Carey's] lyrics now become male-on-male, Love!"[44]

The artwork for Fishel's single is an illustration by San Diego comic book artist and illustrator Joe Phillips[45] The cartoon image depicts a Christmas scene in a living room into which Santa Claus is carrying a male character, wrapped up in a bow, whilst another male character is asleep in a chair.

Track listing[edit]

  • Digital download[42]
  1. "Oh Santa!" – 3:41


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