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My 10 Least Favorite Christmas Songs

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Beginning as early as October, we’re bombarded with a variety of Christmas songs, but not all of them are songs that we’re always happy to hear.

‘Tis the season, unfortunately, for a having to put up with our least favorite Christmas songs sprinkled in among our favorites on radio station playlists from coast to coast. Here’s a list of the songs I could definitely do without.

1. ‘Christmas Shoes’

This is the story of a child trying to buy shoes for his dying mother. It’s sad and ridiculously annoying at the same time. It’s hard to believe anyone thinks that playing this song in the middle of happy tunes like “Sleigh Ride” and “Winter Wonderland” can help anyone stay in a good mood. I’ve been lucky this year: I haven’t heard the song even once. I’ll take that!

2. ‘My Favorite Things’

This song isn’t really a Christmas song, but it gets played as if it were. It originated in 1959 in The Sound of Music, and is one of the most depressing melodies out there.

3. ‘Please, Daddy (Don’t Get Drunk This Christmas)’

Had I not done a little reasrch about lousy Christmas songs, this one wouldn’t even have made the list, because, honestly, I had never even heard of this song. But just give it a listen on YouTube; even the late great John Denver can’t help this one.

4. ‘Christmas Tree’

With lyrics like, “Ho ho ho under the mistletoe, yes everybody knows, we will take off our clothes,” I’m not sure what kind of song Lady Gaga was going for, but it definitely doesn’t sound like a tune about Christmas to me.

5. ‘Santa Baby’

Eartha Kitt’s original version might be the only one that’s tolerable. The more time that passes since its 1953 release, the song sounds more and more slutty.

6. ‘Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer’

This was cute the first time we heard it. Now it just needs to go away.

7. ‘Little Saint Nick’

The Beach Boys’ 1963 foray into Christmas music was cute at the time…but I really wish they would have taken the holiday off.

8. ‘Feliz Navidad’

It’s a great song with a great melody. Unfortunately, no one bothered to write lyrics, so it’s essentially a chorus that never seems to stop.

9. ‘Here Comes Santa Claus’

It’s a nice song with a sweet melody, but this song gets on my nerves when people pronounce Kris Kringle’s name as “Sanny Claus.”

10. ‘Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree’

My first job was working at a Kmart store and unfortunately the company was able to license this song for its Christmas music. This song just gets annoying when you’ve heard it over and over again, and I’d like it a lot better if the last few electric guitar notes didn’t sound like a donkey braying.

That’s my list of Christmas songs I could certainly do without.

What’s your least-favorite Christmas song?

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Patrick is a Christian with more than 28 years experience in professional writing, producing and marketing. His professional background also includes social media, reporting for broadcast television and the web, directing, videography and photography. He enjoys getting to know people over coffee and spending time with his dog.