It’s December and that means Queen of Christmas, Mariah Carey is out in full force spreading holiday cheer in the form of festive music numbers and sparkly red outfits. Carey is incredible all the time, but she thrives like no other point in the year once the snow flies. Her 1994 smash hit (to put it lightly) “All I Want for Christmas” is played in shopping malls, at office Christmas parties, through every Christmas dinner; heck, even the customs officers are humming it as they stamp the passports of travellers rushing home for the holidays. It’s conceivable that Mariah might choose to only ever perform that song for the rest of her life—but NO! That is the not the right attitude for a Christmas Queen.
For her performance on The Late Late Show with James Corden Tuesday night, the bedazzled herald of the season crooned out a less-oldie but just-as-goodie Christmas hit: “Oh Santa.” The ditty is off her 2010 followup Christmas album to 1994’s Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas II You and while it’s not as well known as “AIWFC,” even Kris Kringle would boogie to this jingle.
Dressed in a sparkling vermilion gown, and backed by a quartet of little tween cheerleaders dancing their hearts out, our Queen performed “Oh Santa” and reminded us that she’s anything but a one trick pony. Watch this clip once and it will be stuck in your head like the holiday earworm it is. We double-dare you not to sing along.
The end of the year is always a crazy time for Mariah, but this year it’s been especially hectic since she’s spent it breaking a ton of records. At the end of November, “All I Want for Christmas” won three Guinness World Records and just this week, Mariah got her 19th number one single on the Billboard Hot 100, putting her in prime position to match The Beatles who currently hold the record for most number ones with 20.
It’s truly great to see Mariah back on top form and hitting those impossibly-high notes, especially since the memory of her disastrous New Year’s Eve performance back in 2016 (where her ear monitors malfunctioned so she just stopped singing in front of an audience of millions around the world) is finally starting to fade. She’s even pulling double Christmas duty this year by making a holiday appearance on Billy on the Street (we called it! We predicted it first!), wishing NYC pedestrians a happy holidays.
Watch The Late Late Show with James Corden weekdays at 12:37 p.m. ET on CTV.