Grown-Up Christmas List

"Grown-Up Christmas List"
Single by Amy Grant
from the album Home for Christmas
Released 1992 (U.S.)
Format Promo CD single
Recorded 1992
Genre Pop, Christmas
Length 3:44 (edit)
5:00 (album)
Label A&M, Word Records
Songwriter(s) David Foster, Linda Thompson-Jenner, Amy Grant
Producer(s) Brown Bannister
Amy Grant singles chronology
"Breath of Heaven (Mary's Song)"
"Grown-Up Christmas List"
"Let the Season Take Wing"

"Breath of Heaven (Mary's Song)"
"Grown-Up Christmas List"
"Let the Season Take Wing"
Music video
"Grown-Up Christmas List" on YouTube

"Grown-Up Christmas List" (sometimes titled "My Grown-Up Christmas List") is a Christmas song composed by David Foster (music) and Linda Thompson-Jenner (lyrics).[1] It was originally recorded by Foster, with Natalie Cole on vocals, for his 1990 non-holiday album River of Love. Though it was also released as a single, the song was not a hit upon its first appearance. In 1992, Amy Grant recorded a version for her second Christmas album, Home for Christmas. Grant's version featured an additional verse that Grant penned herself. Her record label at the time, A&M Records, promoted the song as the second single from the album, and it received substantial radio airplay.

In 2003, former American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson performed "Grown-Up Christmas List" on the show's Christmas special, and was released on the album American Idol: Great Holiday Classics, which resulted in renewed airplay of the song during the holiday season that year.

Amy Grant version


  • Amy Grant: lead vocals
  • Robbie Buchanan: keyboards
  • Tom Hemby: guitar
  • Ronn Huff: conductor
  • Alan Moore: orchestration
  • The London Studio Orchestra: strings
  • Nat Peck: contractor

Single CD track listing

  1. "Grown Up Christmas List – Edit 3:44"
  2. "Grown Up Christmas List – LP Version 5:00"

Music video

A&M Records released a music video for Amy Grant's recording of the song, featuring an appearance by Grant's son, Matthew Chapman. The song's edit version was used in the video. Grant's version is the one most people associate with the song.


The original version of Grant's single did not enter any of the Billboard charts until 2011, when it spent twenty-four weeks on the Christian Digital Songs chart, peaking at No. 15.[2] Kelly Clarkson's version entered the Adult Contemporary chart in 2003 where it spent five weeks.[3]

Kelly Clarkson version

Chart (2003–04) Peak
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)[4] 17

Amy Grant version

Year Chart Position
2011 Christian Digital Song Sales 15

Other notable recordings

The song has been frequently covered by other artists, including:

The 2000 version by Monica also contains a second verse penned by Thompson-Jenner. Luis Miguel's cover was recorded in Spanish as "Mi Humilde Oración" for his album Navidades and it peaked at No. 37 on the Billboard Latin Pop Songs chart.[11]


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  2. "Amy Grant Grown Up Christmas List". Billboard Magazine. Retrieved 28 November 2017.
  3. "Kelly Clarkson - Awards - AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 14 April 2018.
  4. "Kelly Clarkson Chart History (Adult Contemporary)". Billboard.
  5. Gundersen, Edna (December 16, 1996). "Getting in tune with the holiday season", USA Today, p. D4.
  6. Galante Block, Debbie (August 23, 1997). "Holi-discs for '97 marry Christmas to every conceivable musical genre", Billboard 109 (34): 64–5.
  7. Harrington, Richard (December 10, 2000). "Musicmakers, Taking Up the Santa Cause: From Christina Aguilera to – Yikes! – Rosie O'Donnell, the Sounds of the Season Packaged Just for You", The Washington Post, p. G5.
  8. Mervis, Scott (November 23, 2001). "Holiday gems & lumps of coal: Santa's got a mixed bag of new Christmas music", Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, p. W1.
  9. Blakey, Bob (December 8, 2002). "Sounds of the season: Ginette Reno: The First Noel", Calgary Herald, p. D5.
  10. Jordan Smith - Topic (27 October 2016). "Grown-Up Christmas List". Retrieved 14 April 2018 via YouTube.
  11. "Navidades - Luis Miguel: Awards". Allmusic. Rovi. Retrieved 2013-05-14.
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