Did he compose “All I Want for Christmas Is You”?

Did he compose “All I Want for Christmas Is You”?


Mariah Carey claims she composed All I Want for Christmas Is You as a child. The co-writer of the Christmas hit disagrees.

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important points in brief

  • Mariah Carey says she composed All I Want for Christmas Is You as a child.
  • Co-author Walter Afanasieff goes against him and participates in the podcast.

“All I Want for Christmas Is You” by Mariah Carey (53) is one of the most popular Christmas songs. Co-songwriter Walter Afanasieff (64) is now speaking out.

The songwriter already said in 2019 that he received little recognition for his participation in the song.

Mariah Carey composed the song as a child

Because Carrey demands it she would compose the song as a little girl on a Casio keyboard. “I want to talk about the song because I am a co-writer. I own 50 percent of the song, we are equal co-writers […]», according to Afanasieff.

how”mirror» reports, the producer adds in the podcast. In the show “Hot Takes & Deep Dives with Jess Rothschild” doesn’t mince his words: “He doesn’t understand anything about music, he doesn’t know chord changes and there’s no music theory or anything like that.”

Claim “Fake Story”

Therefore, according to Afanasieff, his claim to have written a difficult song as a child is a “false story”.

Mariah Carey has responded to these accusations not shown yet. Now who is telling the truth?

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