After 26 years, All I Want For Christmas Is You is set to reach number one for the first time in the UK. It also looks to be on track for Christmas number one, a position which was nabbed by East 17 in 1994 leaving Mariah Carey at number two, shortly followed by a hattrick from The Spice Girls, and then Simon Cowell’s X Factor prodigies for the best part of a decade. Claiming number one all these years later is a testament to the greatness of this festive hit, but what are the factors at play behind this iconic Christmas creation?

All I Want For Christmas Is You was first released in 1994 on the album Merry Christmas, and was apparently written in just 15 minutes with Carey’s then-long-term collaborator, Walter Afanasieff. Although recording took place in summer, Carey adorned her home (which housed the recording studio) with Christmas decorations to create the right atmosphere for the recording.

To say that All I Want For Christmas Is You has stood the test of time is to do a disservice to its achievements. Rather, time has stood the test of Mariah Carey (and not just because she appears to be ageless). Over the past four decades, the song has been rebirthed and rebranded, evolving constantly in lockstep with its mounting popularity. Richard Curtis’s 2003 Christmas rom-com, Love Actually, pulled Carey’s hit into the 21st century, performed by a ridiculously talented child at a school nativity play, watched by Emma Thompson, Alan Rickman, Liam Neeson, and Hugh Grant.