Oct 10 2011

Mariah, Justin and the Greatest Holiday Song Ever Recorded!

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Like Nat King Cole, Elvis Presley, and Jewel before him, Justin Bieber is putting out a Christmas album this holiday season. It's called Under the Mistletoe, and while that title suggests that it should be a bunch of gingerbread-fueled Yuletide slow jams, it almost certainly won't be that.

Still, it should be a little livelier than your usual rocking around the tree. The 15 tracks on Mistletoe are both originals and traditional tunes, and there are a bunch of drop-ins from big stars, including Usher, Boyz II Men, and Busta Rhymes.

But the biggest headline is the presence of Mariah Carey, who will perform a duet with Bieber on "All I Want For Christmas Is You." The tune, which appeared on Carey's own 1994 Christmas album Merry Christmas, is one of her biggest hits (it made Merry Christmas the third best-selling Christmas album of all time) and also happens to be the best holiday song ever written. Need proof? Just listen to this thing.

It has everything: A great hook, an incredible vocal performance by Carey, a festive vibe, and that great video where she frolics in the snow. It's indestructible, and it should make you want to trim a tree or roast chestnuts or whatever you do to celebrate the season. Will Bieber be able to improve on the perfection of "All I Want For Christmas Is You"? And are we wrong in thinking Carey's track is the best ever?

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