Since its release in 1994, Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas is You” has become, arguably, the most played contemporay holiday song of the yuletide season. Anyone who can turn on a Christmas-focused FM radio station or walk 15 feet in an American shopping mall during the month of December without hearing it deserves some special Nobel Prize for Ubiquitous Song Avoidance. It’s just not possible. Which is why, by, oh, Dec. 5, many people would rather stab themselves repeatedly in the eye with reindeer antlers than listen to Carey sing-sist that she doesn’t want a lot for Christmas or need to hang her stocking there upon the fireplace.
Yet somehow, Jimmy Fallon the Roots and Carey herself have managed to make this excessively peppy holiday tune enjoyable again by covering it in classic Fallon fashion, with the help of elementary school-style instruments and some kids wearing cute hats.
Carey apparently stopped by this week to perform the song backstage at “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” HQ. By doing so, she proved that “All I Want for Christmas is You” is infinitely better when kazoos, xylophones and Questlove in a grandpa sweater are involved.
Here’s the video evidence.