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What Christmas song do you hate?

Asked by anniereborn (4787 points ) December 21st, 2013

There are some Christmas songs that simply grate on my nerves. I don’t even know why, they just do. Some are just crappy.
Here’s a short list of mine:
“Grandma Got Ran Over by a Reindeer”
“Feliz Navidad”
“Happy Christmas” (War is Over) -John Lennon
“Wonderful Christmas Time” -Paul McCartney

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ucme's avatar

Won’t take long for some miserable bastard to say “all of them”
Last Christmas by Wham is just fucking annoying, as for traditional xmas tunes, the Rudolph song grates like mouldy cheese.

2davidc8's avatar

Wow, GQ, @anniereborn, thanks for asking. I was going to ask the same question!
The 4 on your short are also on my list of hated Christmas songs!
To those, and Last Christmas (mentioned by @ucme), I’ll add:
Carol of the Bells (too repetitious)
Do you hear what I hear? (ditto)
Christmas in San Francisco (meandering, aimless, boring tune, if you can call it a “tune”)
Mr. Grinch (ditto)
Coventry Carol
Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming
O, du froehliche
Silent Night (seems to be on every CD; why does everybody have to sing it?)

JLeslie's avatar

Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer is the first that popped into my head even before I saw your answer to your own Q. Feliz Navidad I don’t hate, but the others you mentioned are annoying. Frosty the Snowman bothers me also.

@2davidc8 Carol of the Bells is one of my favorite Christmas songs.

anniereborn's avatar

@ucme I totally agree with that Wham crappy tune
@2davidc8 I like Carol of the Bells when done well. Mr. Grinch I also like if I don’t hear it too many times, but I know what you are saying.
@JLeslie I like Frosty. Feliz Navidad bugs me cuz it’s mostly “I want to wish you a Merry Christmas” over and over and over.

2davidc8's avatar

@anniereborn Feliz Navidad may be the worst of the bunch. Not only is it too repetitious, simply alternating the Feliz Navidad section in Spanish with the “wish you a Merry Christmas” section in English, but the Spanish words don’t fit the tune properly. Because of the rhythm of the music, he’s forced to sing it “prospero año” (accent on second syllable) instead of “próspero año” (accent on first syllable). José Feliciano should know better.

longgone's avatar

“We wish you a Merry Christmas” gets annoying.

ragingloli's avatar

ALL of them.

ucme's avatar

God i’m good

Smitha's avatar

Grandma Got Ran Over by a Reindeer, I truly wish that song would get run over by a reindeer!!

LuckyGuy's avatar

Grands got…
Now I have that stupid song in my head! Thanks!

ccrow's avatar

Yeah, Paul McCartney is right up there with that one… plus it gets stuck in my head if I hear even a tiny bit of it. Torture!!
How about Michael Bolton’s version of ‘White Christmas’? Ugh.
With a lot of them, it’s not the song so much as how much it’s played… and why don’t the stations play more versions, instead of always playing the one by whichever artist? Although I’m really kind of sick of ‘The Little Drummer Boy’ regardless of who’s singing it. And if it doesn’t have to be an actual song to be included here, then I would say a little Mannheim Steamroller goes a long, long way.

Seek's avatar

Third for Wham.

I just pulled out all my Christmas CDs. Two TSO albums with a guest appearance by Savatage. Two Loreena McKennitt albums I’m short one. And Porter and Stout’s Christmas on the Cutlass – renn faire pirates, love ‘em.

There are a couple of Irving Berlin and Nat King Cole records around here somewhere, too…

dxs's avatar

All of them!
But if I just mouthed that without speaking, It’d look like I’m saying “I love them”. So I can just do that if you want me to.

rojo's avatar

Hate is too strong a word for disliking a particular song. The most offensive to my sensibilities is that moany, whiny, “WhiteChristmas”.

I get extremely tired of hearing them repeatedly from mid November onward. I would not want to work retail where you are stuck with that continuous loop for you entire shift. Anyone who does so has my sympathies.

FWIW This one by R. E. Keen is my favorite.

kritiper's avatar

“Grandma got run over by a reindeer.” Total ulch!

jonsblond's avatar

I also can’t stand “Wonderful Christmas Time” -Paul McCartney

It doesn’t sound Christmasy at all. The song sounds like it belongs in a crappy romantic movie starring Julia Roberts.

zenvelo's avatar

It’s not a “Christmas” song, just a winter song, but the Sleigh Bell Song makes me see red and lash out at the nearest person. Giddy up the fu^k outta my ears!

glacial's avatar

I’ve tried, but I can’t come up with a single Christmas song that I hate more than the “Grandma” one. I love Christmas music, including some that have been mentioned as hated songs above (like the woefully uncelebrated Wonderful Christmastime, and especially Carol of the Bells – the angriest carol of them all!). For me, the worst ones are always those that are intended to be the catchy, gimmicky radio hit of the year.

All right, now I’m off to put on this cd and get some work done.

Kardamom's avatar

I like most Christmas songs. What I don’t like is the “modernized” or “jazzed up” versions of those songs, where they take a word and yodelize it as if the word night has 20 or so syllables. I also don’t like it when they change up the phrasing. Makes my head hurt and my eye twitch. Like This

Although I admit that This Song is one of my favorites. Go figure.

ccrow's avatar

Ooh yes, @glacial I love that cd!!

TheRealOldHippie's avatar

“The Little Drummer Boy.” I’ve hated that song since I was a kid and still hate it – and what’s more I will always hate it. I’d much rather listen to “Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer” than “Drummer Boy.” Does that give you any idea how much I hate that song??

ucme's avatar

Just thought of another one, Frosty the Snowman, it’s the tune that annoys more than the lyrics & boy, is that saying something.

downtide's avatar

“O Come All Ye Faithful” has to be my least favourite by a very wide margin. It sounds more like a funeral dirge than a celebratory song.

Also “Christmastime” by Cliff Richard and yet another vote for Paul McCartney. And Jingle Bells, which sounds like it was written by a seven-year-old.

dxs's avatar

@downtide You don’t mean “O Come Emmanuel”? That one sounds sad and morbid to me.
and ransom captive israel that mourns in lonely exile here…sheesh. it’s the fucking holidays.

Seek's avatar

Go Tell It On The Mountain

Because that just sounds like so much work.

downtide's avatar

@dxs Different song but you’re right, that one sounds like a dirge too. The one I am referring to is this one:

dxs's avatar

@downtide Yeah I know that song, I just didn’t get how it sounded like a funeral dirge. I didn’t listen to the version you posted since my sound isn’t working, but I always thought it was a very uplifting song instead of the minor-keyed O Come Emmanuel.

Seek's avatar

This was my only solo in fifth grade choir, because I could sing in the highest register.

Shepherd Shake Off your Drowsy Sleep!

Why does Christmas want us to do stuff? Why are so many songs bidding us to come sing more? Enough is enough, yo! Maybe if your songs weren’t so dismal, you wouldn’t have to beg people to join you.

Darth_Algar's avatar

Pretty much all. Not just trying to be smartassed, but I’m seriously struggling to thing of a single one I actually like.

Valerie111's avatar

“Please Daddy (Don’t Get Drunk This Christmas)”

anniereborn's avatar

@downtide I think “All come all ye faithful” CAN sound like a dirge. But it depends on the arrangement. I do actually like it cuz it’s fun to sing. (for someone with a higher registered voice)

2davidc8's avatar

And the Little Drummer Boy is making me want to smash his drum if I hear it one more time.
@ccrow I agree with you on the Michael Bolton White Christmas. His voice sounds strained and pinched.
@dxs I don’t like that Emmanuel song, either.

Harold's avatar

Anything that talks about snow, snowmen, white Christmas, etc. It is currently 41 degrees C here (105.8 F to those in backward countries) and talking/singing about cold in relation to Christmas is simply stupid and irrelevant to us.

Seek's avatar

^ I feel the same way, but I’m within driving distance of a snowstorm, and I’m running my air conditioner. It’s this way every year.


dxs's avatar

@Seek_Kolinahr Ok I’m from up north and although it was a bit awkward to be in a T-shirt in December and seeing these Christmas decorations up without cold and snow, I can’t take the weather for granted. I’ll pass on the snow and cold songs, though. (I’m back in the cold part of the country while school is out, and it’s not very pleasant being inside so much).

JLeslie's avatar

I don’t like the snow songs either. Generally, I like the more religious Christmas songs. Songs that sound like a choir is singing, or a symphony is playing.

@Seek_Kolinahr I had a hard time buying Christmas wrap because most of what was left at the Publix I happen to be in had snow scenes and it just made no sense to buy it in FL. I did get one roll of paper that was red with palm trees and holly on it.

Seek's avatar

^ Ha! I got mine at Target. It’s peppermint candies on a blue background. ^_^

I’ve been here 20 years now, and I still have a hard time thinking of this as Christmas season. It’s just weird to me. Just another week of the year.

JLeslie's avatar

It was weird to me the first Christmas (back in 1990) but after that I was used to it. I love it. Love being outside in the warm weather while most of the country suffers in the cold. Christmas poolside is fine with me.

Harold's avatar

I don’t know anything different. Christmas for us is always hot- just what we’re used to. I don’t mind the religious songs- they at least have some meaning…...........

dxs's avatar

I’ll admit that I don’t mind the ones with religious contexts, being someone who is a fanatic about hymns.

Darth_Algar's avatar

Actually, if I had to pick one Christmas song that I absolutely hate more than all others it would be ‘the Little Drummer Boy’.

Leanne1986's avatar

Santa Baby.

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