What better way to kick off the holiday season than by being a total curmudgeon and discussing Christmas songs I actively despise.
Honestly, I am not creating this list for you. I’m doing it for myself and for the sake of my sanity. I work in an office where Christmas is piped in at all hours of the day and so I can’t merely “turn it off” if I don’t like it. I’m stuck with it.
I’m trapped in a snow-globe of Christmas cheer.
So why not share the pain?
Where are you Christmas?- Faith Hill.
I think Faith Hill is an amazing vocalist with incredible range and heart, however, I can’t get behind this song. I know a lot of people love it because it’s nostalgic value, but it’s a very meh song when you listen to the actual lyrics and message it’s trying to convey. If anyone besides Faith Hill sang this, it won’t be listenable at all.
“My world is changing/ I’m rearranging/ does that mean Christmas changes too?”
Uh. No? Why would it?
Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)-anyone.
My main gripe with this one is the fact that it sounds like the tail end of a much better song for the entire song. You know what I’m talking about, the point where the song is almost over and the singer is basically just riffing off nonsense to stall for time. Only in this case it’s the entire ballad.
The snow’s comin’ down
(Christmas) I’m watchin’ it fall
(Christmas) lots of people around
(Christmas) baby, please come home
I’ve yet to come across a Christmas song that is as lyrically uninspired as this one. I will say if it weren’t for the backup singers constantly reminding us it’s Christmas, it probably wouldn’t be as annoying, but as it stands, it’s irritating to be told over and over that, oh yeah, this is a Christmas song.
All I Want For Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth- Spike Jone & and His City Slickers
On the whole this song is relatively harmless. But when sung by this guy…it gets stuck in your head like plaque to your arteries. It builds up and builds up until you have a heart attack and you die. Or wish you were dead, whichever comes first.
I know he’s supposed to sound like a kid when he sings this, but it’s not very effective. It’s more grating than anything else. And disturbing.
I think a much better song is I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas. At least the singer in that ditty doesn’t have a creepy Herbert The Pervert lisp.
Simply Having a Wonderful Christmas Time-Paul McCartney
Look, Paul McCartney is a wonderful singer/song-writer…..
This is not a good song.
It’s like someone wrote a song with boring and repetitive lyrics over the sound of a Microsoft Powerpoint dissolving effect. One wonders if they even wanted to sing this song in the first place or if the producers just put the pressure on them to make something holiday related.
All I Want For Christmas Is You- Mariah Carrey.
I’m going to confess that I have a hard time getting into most couple-related Christmas songs, but I find this ballad particularly unlikeable.
Is it the lyrics? Maybe. Although I think one of the major issues with this particular ear-worm is that the message doesn’t match up with the melody when you really think about it. The lyrics–when you read them rather than listen– are pretty forlorn and earnest.
I just want you for my own
More than you could ever know
Make my wish come true
All I want for Christmas
That’s very sweet. However, the music itself is very upbeat and fun which totally contradicts the emotions the lyrics seem like they are trying to convey. It’s like if you played The Sound of Silence to Madonna’s Like a Virgin.
It doesn’t help matters that it is constantly being piped in at shopping centers and offices around the country either….
The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don’t Be Late)- Alvin and The Chipmunks
Hey, what’s better than a Christmas song with sub-par lyrics? A song with sub-par lyrics sung in high-pitched voices. I guess there are worse tunes out there, but lyrically it’s a pretty weak song.
Christmas, Christmas time is near
Time for toys and time for cheer
We’ve been good, but we can’t last
Hurry Christmas, hurry fastWant a plane that loops the loop
Me, I want a hula hoop
We can hardly stand the wait
Please Christmas, don’t be late.
It’s not a unique story either as it’s basically just children whining about wanting Christmas presents. Perhaps I’m reading too much into this, but I prefer my Christmas with a bit less helium.
And the Christmas song I hate the most is……
Last Christmas by Wham!
Words cannot express how much I hate this song.
But I’ll try anyway.
The lyrics aren’t too bad (certainly not as bad as Christmas; Baby Please Come Home), but the fact that the chorus is repeated over and over and over makes it nigh impossible to enjoy.
We get it, dude. This chick hurt you and now you’ve moved on.
….except you haven’t because you saw it fit to pen a song about how you’ve moved on, which would suggest the exact opposite. Maybe she left you because you write trite lyrics to horrible holiday-pop songs and she wants to hear something original for once in her fleeting existence.
Not to mention the melody is so dead and lifeless it makes me want to fall asleep.
I’ve listened to multiple renditions of this song and none of them could make it work.
I suppose the only solution is to tough it out until January.
If you have any Christmas songs you can’t stand, feel free to share.
I will be posting a list of Christmas ballads I actually do like soon so I don’t come across as a total Scrooge.
Happy Holidays and I will see you soon!