2015 Musical Advent Calendar (Dec. 6): All I Want for Christmas

Today’s song, All I Want for Christmas, comes from the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. No recommender for this one – it just came up on autoplay after yesterday’s Julian Casablancas tune.

It’s an original song that came out in 2008, so it fits the rules for my list (Yeah Yeah Yeahs actually released it free that year). I’m a fan of the group, but I haven’t heard this one.

But how does it do against the criteria?

  1. Does it mention Christmas by name? Yes. Also “elves,” so there’s that.
  2. Are there bells in it? Yes, they’re pretty central to the background.
  3. Is it jolly? No, this is a fairly low-key affair, as you’d expect of the band.

As a side note, I’m kind of intrigued by how many entirely different songs include “All I Want for Christmas” in the title. There’s Mariah Carey’s excellent “All I Want for Christmas is You” (1994), which I’ve mentioned before in this series …

… and also Leann Rimes’ “All I Want for Christmas is You.”

(Which is a great song released in 2004, but it’s actually a cover of an original by Vince Vance and the Valiants in 1989, so it’s not eligible. Here’s Vince.)

Six songs in now. As always, you can check out the full list here, and feel free to hit me up with your suggestions in the comments or on Twitter at @thebobthe.

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