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Go Mariah with the 'cheapest' Xmas song of all time

Go Mariah with the 'cheapest' Xmas song of all time

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All universal cheapskates love Mariah Carey’s Christmas anthem which suggests that anything anyone really wants at Christmas is love and affection. Bah humbug! All those expensive new-fangled electronics be damned!

The song is already among the 20 best-selling singles ever, with over 14 million copies sold. Among the most popular songs of all-time, it is the only one getting more popular. The song was released in 1994, and in December 2017, for the first time, it cracked the top-10 of the Billboard Hot 100, the music industry’s standard for ranking current song popularity. Carey has already earned about $60 million in royalties on the song since its release, according to the Economist.

Carey’s song eschews modernity by using the AABA song structure popular in the 1940s and 1950s.  Christmas classics like “Frosty the Snowman,” “White Christmas,” and “Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” all use this structure. AABA songs have no chorus, but rather three “A” verses that have the same melody but different lyrics, and a “B” verse that has its own melody and lyrics.

 

Creating suspense and a little nostalgia. That is how you get what just might become the most popular song of all time.

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