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Are These the Best and Worst Christmas Songs?

Over on Spinner they've compiled lists of the top 12 Worst Christmas Songs and the 12 Best Christmas Songs, limiting the choices to pop/rock songs (so, not including your average carols). As with any list, there are some bizarre choices on both lists, and some that totally hit the nail on the obnoxious-holiday song's head.

I totally agree with John Denver's "Please, Daddy (Don't Get Drunk This Christmas)" being number two on the Worst Christmas Songs list (seriously, there's nothing heartwarming about that diddy), though I must say I really like Bruce Springsteen's "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town." And some of this has to do with mere repetition: I used to love Paul McCartney's "Wonderful Christmastime" . . . until it was burned into my brain over and over again. This is also why I would add the Waitresses' boppy-tune "Christmas Wrapping" to that Worst Christmas Songs list. If I hear that song one more time I will be sent into a terrifying rage, and nobody wants that at Christmastime.

As for the Best Christmas Songs, it's an interesting mix. Of course Joni Mitchell's "River" and Elvis Presley's "Blue Christmas" are there, but Run DMC's "Christmas in Hollis" is number one? Really? What do you think? Are there some glaring omissions on these lists? Were songs like "All I Want for Christmas Is You" (Mariah Carey) and "I Saw Mama Kissing Santa Claus" shafted from both lists? To see the full lists and discuss,

Spinner's 12 Worst Christmas Songs:
12. “Santa Baby," Madonna
11. "Wonderful Christmastime," Paul McCartney
10. "Christmastime," Smashing Pumpkins
9. "8 Days of Christmas," Destiny Child
8. "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town," Bruce Springsteen
7. "Christmas Conga," Cyndi Lauper
6. "Santa’s Beard," Beach Boys
5. "Merry Christmas With Love," Clay Aiken
4. "Merry Christmas (I Don't Wanna Fight Tonight)," The Ramones
3. "Oi to the World," No Doubt
2. "Please, Daddy (Don't Get Drunk This Christmas)," John Denver
1. "Do They Know It's Christmas?" Band Aid

Spinner's 12 Best Christmas Songs:
12. "I Want an Alien for Christmas," Fountains of Wayne
11. "Pretty Paper," Willie Nelson
10. "Candy Cane Children," White Stripes
9. "Christmas Is the Time to Say I Love You," Billy Squier
8. "Someday at Christmas," Stevie Wonder
7. "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)," U2
6. "Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree," Brenda Lee
5. "Santa Claus Go Straight to the Ghetto," James Brown
4. "River," Joni Mitchell
3. "Blue Christmas," Elvis Presley
2. "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)," John Lennon and Yoko Ono
1. "Christmas in Hollis," Run DMC

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