Every December (or more often, late November) radio listeners are bombarded with themes of merriment, prosperity, and togetherness, written about in traditional holiday music. It’s uplifting for the easily uplifted, but a joyless purgatory for those who dread the upcoming holiday season, a frostbitten limbo we’re forced to endure until the Christmas tree has dried up.
So please whoever’s in charge of the music, understand that less and less people want to hear …
10. Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer
Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer is one of those songs that you’ll probably find amusing the first time you hear it, and don’t need to hear ever again. And yet we’ve somehow found ourselves in a strange world where one of the most popular songs of the season is about a family member getting killed by Santa.
9. Anything by Alvin and the Chipmunks
Explaining why The Chipmunks are annoying is like explaining why the Zodiac Killer was a loon – if you need it done, you’re probably five years old, which makes it all the more perplexing why stores still play these songs. But then again, Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakuel not only got produced it took in $112 million its first weekend, which both confuses and frightens me.
8. The Hat I Got For Christmas is Too Big
When somebody tells you about an annoying Spanish Christmas song, the first thing you’ll think of is Feliz Navidad. And believe me, that was a strong contender for this list before I found out about this. The Hat I Got For Christmas is Too Big is about a man who got a giant sombrero from Santa Claus and would rather go around not knowing what he’s doing than take the bloody thing off, but all you really need to know is it’s sung by Mel Blanc in the voice of Speedy Gonzales.
7. Baby It’s Cold Outside
I understand it was originally written in 1944. But when heard over the store’s speakers without the context of Frank Loesser performing it with his wife to entertain their house guests, any song about a man trying to keep a woman from leaving his house while the woman says “No” a lot, and contains lines like “Say, what’s in this drink” and “Baby you’re so delicious” is going to be really uncomfortable to listen to.
6. Autotuned Techno, Hip-Hop, and Rap Renditions of Classic Carols
Look, a lot of people are worn out on songs like Frosty the Snowman and Jingle Bell Rock by the time they’re adults, after listening to them constantly for two straight months every year of their lives. But like Aunt Myrtle’s fruitcake made with her secret family recipe, it’s a tradition we’ve learned to just accept and tolerate. “Modernizing” them with dance bass and digital effects is not freshening them up, it’s just making them even more annoying.
5. All I Want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth
If the name alone is making you cringe, just see how long it takes you to stop this video:
But maybe it’s just the annoying way the song is being sung in those two videos. Okay, here’s a version by Nat King Cole, which you might be able to stand long enough to find out the whole song is four sentences repeated constantly for three bloody minutes.
4. Wonderful Christmas Time
After the Beatles broke up John Lennon got shot, Ringo Starr was reduced to narrating Thomas the Tank Engine, and Paul McCartney went on to make one of the worst damn Christmas songs ever by singing monotonously to a bad midi synthesizer. You decide who got off worst.
3. Christmas Shoes
Christmas Shoes is the song of a boy trying to obtain a pair of shoes for his dying mother’s last Christmas, and just as the boy tries too hard to guilt the man into buying the shoes for his mother, the song tries to guilt you into feeling bad for in any way slamming it. Christmas Shoes is not sad. It’s not touching. It’s manipulative.
2. Santa Baby
While Santa Baby is a wretched song in so many ways, it’s especially maddening to listen to at work because when you’re busting your ass for minimum wage, about the last thing you want to hear besides the kid who trashed the girls’ clothing table screeching about how she never gets what she wants because her parents didn’t buy her the Barbie princess castle is some bimbo sexing up Santa for expensive cars, boats, and mineral mines.
1. Last Christmas
Do I even have to say anything?