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New York subway riders belt out Mariah Carey’s ‘All I Want for Christmas is You’


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New York subway riders belt out Mariah Carey’s ‘All I Want for Christmas is You’

Jayme Deerwester USA TODAY Published 9:15 AM EST Dec 18, 2019 We’re a week away from Christmas, which means that hearing holiday music wherever you go is pretty much inescapable. And in places that don’t pipe in music – like New York subway stations – the riders are providing their own by breaking out in song. A group…

New York subway riders belt out Mariah Carey’s ‘All I Want for Christmas is You’


Jayme Deerwester


USA TODAY

Published 9:15 AM EST Dec 18, 2019

We’re a week away from Christmas, which means that hearing holiday music wherever you go is pretty much inescapable. And in places that don’t pipe in music – like New York subway stations – the riders are providing their own by breaking out in song.

A group of modern-day carolers on the platform at Manhattan’s 34th Street/Penn Station stop sang Mariah Carey’s 1994 hit “All I Want for Christmas Is You” to the passengers on the other side, who recorded the impromptu concert on their phones and posted it to social media Sunday. 

“They even got the background vocals,” the Carey fan account @MariahScoop noted on Twitter.

“SOOO LOVE THIS,” @seekergirl gushed. “GO NYC.”

“My city, always random and weird, but also sometimes wonderful,” mused @purplebulilty.

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@ItsJLynnH praised the song’s staying power: “No other fave… has ever… had this kind of impact. “All I Want For Christmas Is You” will be my grandchildren’s favorite song. why? because the song still slaps…”

@Sarahsalam20 said the impromptu concert was the “kind of human communication I love -music just brings so many together.” 

There were a few Scrooges in the comments section though. 

“In London, commuters would rather jump in the tracks than do this,” wrote .@pizza4zayn.

“I would’ve exited the train station & called me an uber so quick,”  said @Slim102.

“This is why I’m glad I don’t have to deal with public travel,” @marihcone added.

But the one person whose opinion truly mattered approved: the official Twitter account for Mariah Carey blessed the performance by giving it a retweet.

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