Thursday, December 22, 2011

The Best & Worst Holiday Songs

I’m sure you all have a radio station similar to Richmond’s Lite 98. They play soft rock, top 40’s, and a few oldies. On Thanksgiving Day, they happily announce that for the next month, they’ll be playing nothing but Christmas music.

This statement is immediately followed by a groan from my other half. He can’t stand the barrage of joyful tunes. I clap and smile. I’m always ready and willing to sing along to a holiday tune.

Still, there are a few I can’t stand. Seriously. I have to change the station or simply turn the radio off. Here they are:

1. The Chipmunk Song

(Christmas Don’t Be Late) – I can’t stand to listen to this song. I don’t think it’s cute. The voices are annoying, and Alvin’s tardy lead-in to each stanza in maddening. Not only that, but for the rest of the day I’m walking around squeaking, “Me? I want a hula hoop.” It’s like getting the Meow Mix song stuck in your head (sorry if I just did that to you).

2. All I Want For Christmas is My Two Front Teeth – Cute idea that goes on way too long.

3. Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer – Okay, the first time I heard it I laughed, but that was enough.

Now that I’ve listed my least favorites, I’ve got to try and narrow down my top three favorites. Much, much harder.

1. All-time favorite Christmas Song…drumroll….O Holy Night (I like the Michael Crawford and Clay Aiken versions, but I’ll get teary-eyed to almost any version)

2. The Little Drummer Boy – David Bowie and Bing Crosby

3. Do You Hear What I Hear – Whitney Houston or the Faith Hill version

(For fun, I’d add You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch song, because how many times a year do you get to sing the lyric, “Given the choice between the two of you I’d take the seasick crocodile.” Or croon out, “stink, stank, stunk!”)

Your turn! Share your favorites and the ones that make you cringe. I promise to listen to any I haven’t heard of before on YouTube.

Jingle all the way…


Kristi aka Fiber Fool said...

If you can look up Tonic SolFa's version of You're a Mean One, do! A wonderfully fun acapella version!

Lisa said...

any version of the twelve days of christmas gets on my nerves and my favorite has to be beautiful star of bethlehem by the judds.

Katreader said...

The day after Thanksgiving I turn my radio from Classic Rock to the easy listening station which converts itself to all Christmas music. A few years ago I heard the worst Christmas song EVER! The lyrics are just awful, depressing, and sad, it has talking bits in the middle, and the singer isn't even very good. I had to look it up, but I'm not listening to it even to check if it's the right song-Santa Doesn't Stop Here Anymore by Tony Infantino. Turns out he's a DJ at the station. Thankfully I haven't heard it this year-and yes I change the station or turn the radio off when it comes on. Another hated one is actually a beautiful song-it's just a certain version I have to stop. It's Silent Night but "sung" so horribly by an old sounding man. I think he's the same person that sings a song about Santa visiting a soldier. Can't stand the "singer" but am thankful I haven't heard this one this year. However, the radio keeps playing another lousy version of a good song: Mistletoe and Holly. Don't know who sings it, but she has a young, breathy, really annoying voice. Yuck! I admit I do like the Chipmunk Song (and keep singing about Hoola Hoops myself!). Other favorites include Burl Ives Holly Jolly Christmas, A hippo...for Christmas and many more. I also like Candy Cane Christmas by Darius Rucker. If you truly want to be inspired-go to Youtube and search for Jonas Kaufmann singing O Holy Night.

Heather said...

There are two all-Christmas stations in my area, and the one song that will instantly have me switching from one to the other is "Christmas Shoes." Absolutely cannot stand the treacley voice and lyrics.

I also like "The Chipmunk Song," and "I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas" is one that always makes me smile and sing along--though I have not heard it at all yet this year.

I don't know that I have a particular favorite "traditional" song, but definitely have favorite versions. While I like "O Holy Night," I much prefer the original French lyrics, and love that Andrea Bocelli included it on his Christmas album last year.

Erika Chase said...

A recent addition to my list of faves is Paul McCartney's "Wonderful Christmastime" -- it's bouncy, cheery and says it all. Of course, "O Holy Night" tops my more serious music list.

Brittney said...

Ok my two least favorite songs that our Lite station play all the time and seriously have me cringing are -
"Same Old Lang Syne" - Dan Fogelberg (not sure how this even counts as a christmas song) and
any version of "Last Christmas"!!

Beyond those two songs since my hubby loves Christmas music I get to listen to a lot of it. I love "White Christmas" by Bing Crosby (love the movie too!), "Santa Claus is Coming to Town" by Bruce Springsteen, and a new favorite that you need to listen to is "In the Morning" by Jack Johnson. It is amazing and always makes me smile!

The Cozy Mystery Journal said...

I've only just started to hear the christmas songs on the radio and I heard Little Drummer Boy with Bing Crosby yesterday, and that is definitely one of my favorites.

My toddlers are huge Muppets fans and I got them the christmas CD this year so I'm looking forward to hearing Kermit & Miss Piggy sing some christmas tunes.

Aurian said...

Great post! And I so agree with the first two bad ones! There is also a Dutch song, I always turn of the radio at the first few bars of music. About a boy, and his daddy has killed his pet rabbit for the christmas dinner, telling the boy the rabbit must have ran away. And the next day, his father is missing ... and he tells his mother the same things ... Of course it is meant as funny, but I find the bunny thing too sad ...

What I like: Last Christmas, Aha I believe. Silent night, whoever is singing. White Christmas.

ev said...

Although I am not sure it's actually a Christmas song, I love Alabama's Angels Among Us. This seems to be when you hear it most often.

White Christmas is right at the top of my list- and Bing only please! Little Drummer Boy and Do you Hear What I Hear are both on it too.

I adore Vince Gill's Oh, Holy Night.

And anything Michael Buble sings.

Christmas Shoes makes me cry, Chipmunks, Barking/meowing Jingle Bells make me cringe.

And when I'm being totally raunchy, I'll pull out my Dr. Dirty/John Valby Christmas album. Adults only, please.

Lelia said...

I adore the Chipmunks - you can have the Christmas Shoes song, tho. Ick.