"I get so tired of listening to the Black Eyed Peas. It's rock music for those who don't like rock, rap for those who don't like rap, and pop music for those who don't like music."
- Robert California, The Office
Often, I feel the same way about Christmas music. Don't get me wrong. I love the festivities. I love much of the happiness. I love the sacred and profane songs that celebrate (or intimate) this time of the year. But there are so many songs that we hear pumped through the loudspeakers and car radios while going about our business (especially if our business consisted of going through retail businesses). So much of the songs and the interpretations of the songs (and the spoofs of those songs, or the novelty songs) are so bad, I just don't want to hear them again. They actually make Christmas a bit less joyous for me.
But I know that I'm not alone in this feeling. So I conducted in an informal survey via Facebook. Of roughly eighty responses (most people voted for more than one song), these were the Top Tiring Songs of the Christmas Season:
- Grandma Got Ran Over by a Reindeer (17 hits)
- Please Daddy Don't Get Drunk this Christmas
- Rocking Around the Christmas Tree
- I Saw Daddy Kissing Santa Claus
- Santa Baby
- I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Clause
- Little Drummer Boy
- Jingle Bell Rock
- Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
- Santa Claus Is Coming to Town
- Happy Holidays
- Christmas Shoes (Edit. Overlooked this purportedly awful song)
- Chipmunks Roasting on an Open Fire
- 12 Pains of Christmas
- The Little Christmas Stocking with the Hole in the Toe (1 hit)
- Baby It's Cold Outside (ditto)
Now, let's follow that up with two questions.
First: What Christmas or holiday songs aggravate you? You just want to stuff them back into the closet of mediocrity or drown them in the pool of horrible dreams and forget about them. Let their names never be spoken of again.
Second: What Christmas or holiday season songs still send shivers down your spine - in a good way, that is? It could be a song or an album, or a particular version of a song.
An example for me, despite the obvious - Vince Guaraldi's theme music for the Charlie Brown Christmas special - I would have to say is Sufjan Steven's "O Come, O Come Emanuel."