On Wednesday (April 12), Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You” was added to the National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress. The superstar posted about the achievement on social media. Mariah Carey expressed her gratitude for the honor on Twitter and Instagram, writing, “I’m honored beyond belief!” “When I was creating and recording this song, I certainly did not even consider that this would occur! Thank you very much, @librarycongress and Ms. Hayden.
Mariah Carey is referring to Carla Hayden, the Librarian of Congress, who annually chooses 25 albums that are “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” and are at least 10 years old on the recommendation of the National Recording Preservation Board.
Mariah Carey Feels Blessed
A portion of The Songbird Supreme’s interview with the Library of Congress was also revealed. In it, Mariah Carey told Roswell Encina, the chief communications officer, “This is big and this is very rewarding to me as an artist, as a songwriter, of course. You know, you can’t just think about this. ‘I’m going to be in all these locations and my song’s gonna mean something to people every Christmas,’ I wasn’t sitting there creating words like that. I just wrote from the heart what I desired without having any notion. So I want to say thank you for including me in this amazing position and the organization.
The enduring holiday classic is in good company, joining the likes of Madonna’s Like a Virgin, the Super Mario Bros. theme, the Eurythmics’ “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This),” Daddy Yankee’s “Gasolina,” John Lennon‘s “Imagine,” Queen Latifah’s All Hail the Queen, and many others in the National Recording Registry.