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Noisey explains why All I Want For Christmas by Mariah Carey is so catchy. In this video, we learn how the song was crafted to dominate the festive period.

Despite coming out over 20 years ago, the song has sold 14 million copies, been streamed over 100 million times and been watched on YouTube over 350 million times. It even sat at number 11 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in January this year. But what is it about the song that makes it so successful?

Noisey Explains The Science That Makes "All I Want For Christmas" So Catchy image of All I Want For Christmas

Well, we learn in this video how the song was designed to keep listeners coming back year after year. Firstly, the instruments used are all things that you would associate with your childhood christmases. Glockenspiels, sleigh bells and guitars all abound throughout the song. Secondly, the way that the song uses chord progression constantly has the song returning to the “home” key on the piano, making it feel nice and familiar throughout. It’s a really interesting look into the science of one of the best-selling christmas songs of all time.

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