The title “Queen of Christmas” has surfaced this holiday season in reference to Mariah Carey. Maybe I’m just old but every time I hear the phrase, my candy-cane striped knickers get in a bunch. I can’t get on board with Mariah wearing this crown! I know she’s a diva, she sings like few can… but in regards to Christmas music, she has one original hit song. Just one. Obviously, it’s a HUGE hit song. “All I Want For Christmas Is You” has gone #1 in more countries than I can count and it’s a modern song that instantly became a holiday classic. There’s no denying that.
But what about female singers who have holiday hits, or even more impressive, multiple successful Christmas songs? I’m thinking of Kelly Clarkson “Underneath the Tree” (#1 in multiple countries) and “Wrapped in Red,” Leona Lewis “One More Sleep” 2x platinum, The Waitresses “Christmas Wrapping”(cert gold in UK). Certainly they should at least be in the discussion for being Christmas royalty, right?
But then there’s Darlene Love. If I had to pick a “Queen of Christmas” (and it had to be a singer), I’d 100% go with Darlene Love. Problem is… no one asked me! Darlene’s original song “Christmas (Baby, Please Come Home)” (cert platinum) is instantly recognizable and has been covered many, many times by iconic singers and not-so-iconic singers. Yes, I’m talking about all you karaoke people out there! Plus, Darlene has another song released decades after that one, called “All Alone on Christmas” and it’s played each season, too. In fact, listen to the lyrics and you might find some clever Christmas references, too. She sings about “All I Want For Christmas is You” and ties in a flashback to “Baby, Please Come Home.” Perhaps a nod to Whitney Houston with the lyric, “Where to lonely hearts go?” Great song!
What are your thoughts about Mariah Carey being crowned “Queen of Christmas”? Chime in below, and thanks for dropping in!
-Out of the Wilderness