All hail the Christmas queen! Mariah Carey’s bedazzled crown and festive spirit are thawing and shining brighter than ever this holiday season with a new Christmas song and a TV special. Her presence in music and the overarching cultural canon is evergreen.
Podsauce is sharing some holiday cheer with Mariah Carey podcasts. On our list, we included two episodes with recent Mariah Carey interviews and a discussion about her memoir from earlier this year. There are song-based podcast episodes analyzing the iconic “All I Want for Christmas Is You,” and an episode interviewing one of Mariah’s co-writers for the track.
On with Mario Lopez
On this 13-minute episode, Mariah Carey chatted with Mario Lopez on his iHeartRadio podcast. She shared updates on her new Christmas single, “Fall in Love at Christmas,” with Khalid and Kirk Franklin. She explained the story behind writing the song in May with songwriting partner Daniel Moore, basing its melody on “Greensleeves.” She is gearing up for her Apple TV+ special, Mariah’s Christmas: The Magic Continues, airing on December 4th, and she is thrilled about her holiday collection available at Target and Walmart.
The Bobby Bones Show
iHeartRadio presents “The Bobby Bones Show,” and Mariah’s short interview starts around the 9:15 minute mark. Mariah talked about her new song and expressed her love for Khalid’s music and why he was on her dream collaborator list. Mariah shared the history of “All I Want for Christmas Is You,” her songwriting process, and how she cannot wait to adapt her memoir. She also shared her support for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, her Irish cream brand, and why caramel is her favorite flavor. Bobby is an awesome interviewer, so check out the episode.
Slate Culture: Hit Parade
This episode of Slate Culture’s “Hit Parade” dives into Mariah Carey’s super-smash “All I Want for Christmas Is You.” The song was released in 1994 and eventually became the first Christmas song to hit Billboard’s Hot 100 since 1958’s “The Chipmunk Song.” It began charting in the 2010s and becomes more popular each year! In addition to sharing facts about this song, host Chris Molanphy analyzes why holiday classics from the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s did not reach the Hot 100 list. He’ll look at songs like “Last Christmas,” “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home),” and “Feliz Navidad,” and compare their reach to “All I Want for Christmas is You.” This episode is under 90 minutes long.
This two-part episode of “Questlove Supreme” spoke with Mariah Carey as her memoir, The Meaning of Mariah Carey, was just released in January 2021. Quest and co-hosts Team Supreme discussed what matters most to her: the voices, development processes, and opinions. In part two, Mariah spoke candidly about living as a racially ambiguous Black woman, marriage, and independence. She also played a snippet of the alternative rock album she released in the ’90s under the band name Chick.
Pop Culture Happy Hour
In 2020, NPR’s “Pop Culture Happy Hour” dedicated an episode to Mariah Carey and unpacked her memoir, The Meaning Of Mariah Carey. This 25-minute episode reviewed her musical career, starting with her self-titled debut in 1990 through her catalogue of hits. Of course, Mariah’s impact on holiday music is discussed.
Hot Takes & Deep Dives
On this episode of “Hot Takes & Deep Dives,” Mariah Carey’s co-writer Walter Afanasieff shares behind-the-scenes stories from co-writing “All I Want for Christmas Is You.” Host Jess Rothschild and Walter discuss his songwriting career, with credits on additional Mariah tracks like “Anytime You Need a Friend,” “My All,” “Hero,” and “One Sweet Day.” Walter chatted about other artists’ careers like Beyoncé and Barbra Streisand. And he dished on his professional fall-out with Mariah.