"All I Want for Christmas Is You" is a song by American singer-songwriter Mariah Carey from her fourth studio album, Merry Christmas. It was released by Columbia Records on November 1, 1994, as the lead single from the album. The song was written by Carey and Walter Afanasieff, who also served as co-arranger and producer. As an up-tempo love song, it incorporates pop music and traditional beats. Its lyrics describe a woman's declaration that she .