Monday, December 5, 2011

Sounds of the Season

In honor of the holiday season, I decided to dedicate my December posts to all things Christmas. And since my blog readership has varied over the years, I've decided to recycle and update some older Christmas posts. Posts of Christmas past, if you will. [Zing!]

First, a few years ago, I created a list of my least favorite Christmas songs.

I don't really listen to a lot of pop Christmas music. The pop-ification of traditional, feel-good Christmas songs is just weird and awkward. Plus, everyone releases a Christmas album. Don't believe me? Stay tuned for another re-post. Nonetheless, there are still plenty of fun pop Christmas songs out there. The following list is not some of them. Below are my top 5 most irritating pop Christmas songs. Feel free to add any to the list.

Do You Hear What I Hear?
Have you ever seen the movie Gremlins? There is a part when the mom gets attacked by the evil Gremlins while they're hiding in the Christmas tree while a record is playing this song in the house. If the image of getting mauled by your Christmas tree wasn't enough to scar me as a child, the record gets stuck on the line "do you hear what I hear?" and really sealed the deal. 

All I Want for Christmas is You - Mariah Carey
I liked this song when it first came out. But apparently so did every other woman in the entire nation so the radio stations still feel the need to play it twice every hour. [My new Christmas gem this year can be found here. I might have a renewed love for this song. I can't stop watching.]

Wonderful Christmas Time - Paul McCartney
The repetition of the line "Simply havin a wonderful Christmas time" roughly 247 times is a little unnecessary. I expect more lyrical genius out of a Beatle.

So this is Christmas - John Lennon
I'm not heartless! It has a beautiful message but the creepy children's backup choir kind of freaks me out. Celine does a version of this song that is gorgeous but she went with the traditional gospel choir as backup and let's be honest, whenever you go with the gospel choir, you're golden.

Feliz Navidad
Oh how I love the song that makes every American feel that much more culturally diverse because they know how to say "Merry Christmas" in Spanish. 

So you don't think I'm a complete Scrooge, here are a few of my favorite pop Christmas songs: 

One time in high school, me and three friends choreographed a dance to this song. It was awesome. Wait, am I remembering that correctly? 

Please Come Home for Christmas - The Eagles
The Jon Bon Jovi version is a close second. He does have better hair. 

Man, I could listen to this over and over and over. 

Sleigh Ride- Boston Pops/John Williams
It makes me want to buy a woodblock. 

A little state pride. If I had a Christmas party, I would play this.

Jk. Or am I......?


  1. That all I want for Christmas video was like a traffic accident...No matter how badly I wanted to stop watching I just couldn't tear my eyes away! Holy crap that was hilarious.
    Sadly, I heard this really awful repetitious pop Christmas song while in Kohl's the other day but I can't remember it now that All I want for Christmas Is you, is stuck in my head LOL

  2. Seriously, that is the exact reason I hate Do You Hear What I Hear. Ahhhhh! I turn the station whenever it plays!

  3. I hate with a capital H.A.T.E. that Christmas shoe song. Talk about an emotionally manipulative song.

  4. And I have to post another comment. I heart that Sleigh Ride song....almost all versions. It invokes all kinds of horrible and awesome high school band memories in the best kind of way. And the song is really fun to play.

    And I'm dedicated. I'm waiting through the thirty second advertisement to see the Beibs. Worth every second when he pointed at ME and said he missed my face. Swoon...


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