Mariah Carey's "All I Want for Christmas Is You," can be heard everywhere during the holiday season, but you've never seen it performed like this before!
Backstage before Tuesday night's taping of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Carey, her host and his backing band, the Roots, put a quirky spin on the pop star's holiday hit by performing the song using classroom instruments.
Adding to the adorable factor: a quartet of kids who pop up occasionally to sing backup.
Even with the unusual additions of a ukulele and xylophone, the song came together in delightful harmony.
The Christmas tune is hard to improve upon, but Carey and friends might have created a brand new instant classic!
Who needs chestnuts and an open fire when something this heartwarming is available to stream over and over again until your clicker finger is reduced to a coal-like nub? Last night, backstage before taping Tuesday's episode of Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, the show's lovable host and the best house band on television (the Roots, duh) scraped together a bunch of toy instruments and went in on a cover of Mariah Carey's awesome Christmas anthem, "All I Want for Christmas Is You." Except that after Fallon delivered the opening line, Carey herself sat down on the piano bench next to him and (thankfully) took over singing duties. There were other surprises, too, like the totes adorbs four-child choir that pops up to add overdubs every so often, the chuckle that Carey lets out at the 3:08 mark, and the fact that ?uestlove is playing a wooden clacker with his afro pick. The song is already one of the few latter-day holiday jams that deserves to be in heavy rotation amongst the classics, and if this version doesn't fill your soul stocking with all kinds of happy stuff then may your real stocking stay empty when Santa flies over.
The rendition Mariah performed on last night's Fallon, alongside Jimmy Fallon, the Roots, and a chorus of actual children, is by far the best spin put on this thing since the Phil Spector-inspired original. Few people could pull off the classroom-instrument arrangement with the grace of the "eternally 12" Mariah, and if there's any perfect time to act like a child, surely it is Christmas.
Move over DMX, because this just might be the best holiday song of 2012.
Carey nailed her performance note for note, and was backed up by her band and an adorable kid quartet.
(CNN's The Marquee Blog)
What's better than a recording of Mariah Carey singing her neo-classic carolAll I Want For Christmas Is You? Having her belt it out in person, obviously.
The star dropped by Late Night with Jimmy Fallon to help the comedian and his house band, The Roots, with their rendition of the hit song.
Even better, the crew was joined by a quartet of school-age kids who did a pretty impressive job on background vocals!