It’s a season of joy and peace, but for some, a few of those Christmas songs are enough to make them want to steer that one-horse open sleigh into a snow bank. Our own Atlanta Braves have even contributed to the holiday noise pollution, but we’ll get to that.
A pair of websites have marked the holiday by weighing in on the musical coal in our Christmas stockings, including MSNBC and Jezebel.
MSNBC takes a look at the “11 Christmas songs we hope never to hear again.” Some of their choices aren’t surprising. There’s been plenty of disdain for Paul McCartney’s best-known contribution to the Christmas canon and MSNBC calls “Wonderful Christmastime” a “strangled-by-synthesizer mess.” A few of the site’s other choices might not be so agreeable to the Christmas music lovers out there (raise your hand Zooey Deschanel and Wham fans).
Jezebel took a different approach and allowed its online community to vote in a bracket-type tournament that just concluded yesterday. Check it out, but be warned that the language at Jezebel gets a little salty, so those sensitive to that kind of thing should steer clear. Their final four? “Wonderful Christmastime,” “Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer,” “All I Want for Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth” and “The Christmas Shoes.” And the winner was this sentimental heartbreaker.
We were rooting for “Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer,” which also inspired a sub-par “Scooby Doo”-lite animated special in which evil cousin Mel tries to sell Grandma’s shop after the elderly victim of Santa’s reindeer disappears (and she would have gotten away with it, too, if it weren’t for that meddling kid).
We didn’t expect the Atlanta Braves to get in on the musical mayhem, though. The team offers up a late entry for the worst Christmas song title with their take on “Jingle Bells.” Good thing they can play baseball.
What are your least favorite Christmas songs? Which yuletide tune would you like to see added to the “do not play” list?