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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

Join The Conversation
nymphomercial nymphomercial 8 years
'The Christmas Shoes' is the You MUST hear this parody called 'The Christmas Thong':
kh61582 kh61582 9 years
Are you seriously going to tell me that the best Christmas Song EVER is a Run DMC song!? I don't think so!
xmsbby xmsbby 9 years
I absolutely love "Do They Know It's Christmas." I also like "Santa Baby" by Madonna . Two great songs.
Powerpuffgirl Powerpuffgirl 9 years
Why in the world isn't the song "Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer" on the list of worst Christmas songs?!?!?!?!? I LOATHE THAT SONG!! I also hate "Last Christmas" by George Michael. UGH! Really? Christmas in Hollis is #1?? So, don't agree. I'd have chosen Mariah's "All I Want For Christmas." And I'd also put Harry Connick Jr. on the list of best songs. Love his rendition of "Sleigh Ride" jazzy and upbeat!
Ultress Ultress 9 years
YES. OI TO THE WORLD so deserves to be there. and what, there's no BuzzSugar Holiday Mix? I did find a long list of Holiday mixes here...
veronicaraye veronicaraye 9 years
dont like them at all!
cdanzer23 cdanzer23 9 years
I'm really surprised White Christmas by the Drifters didn't make the best list. That's one of my favorites. Sleigh Bells by the Ronnettes, Santa Baby by Eartha Kitt, Winter Wonderland by Darlene Love, Holly Jolly Christmas by Burl Ives, and most of the classics by Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, and Andy Williams are all songs I'd prefer to listen to over most of the "best of" list here. As for worst, I really don't like Grandma got run over by a reindeer or All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth. I don't need to hear those anymore.
Buredaca Buredaca 9 years
Fairytale for New York by the Pogues is my favourite. 'Christmas Eve ...In the drunk tank'!
KerryG KerryG 9 years
Huh, I've heard almost none of these. I like the more traditional stuff better in general - Silent Night, etc. - and some of the classic albums from the 50's and 60's - Nat King Cole, Bing Crosby, etc.
laluna27 laluna27 9 years
I like some of the "worst" songs, but my favorite carol didn't make the list and is "Silver Bells"
LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 9 years
I've heard that Bruce Springsteen song on the radio a few times this year and it's a live version and Bruce sounds HORRIBLE!!!! As for "Do They Know it's Christmas?", uhm, they don't because they don't celebrate the same holidays that we do nor does it EVER snow in Africa (or does it?). Best Christmas song EVER is def Barbara Streisand's "Jingle Bells."
motherof3 motherof3 9 years
Love "Last Christmas" by WHAM! I also love "Little Drummer Boy" by David Bowie and Bing Crosby.
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 9 years
Brenda Lee's Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree and Joni Mitchell's River are two of my faves! I wonder why they didn't include Mariah's song? I love All I Want For Christmas Is You! I disagree about Paul McCartney's song, I love Wonderful Christmastime. Interesting list.
abqmama abqmama 9 years
All I want for Christmas is you by Mariah Carey is my favorite Christmas song ever!
mamaseacat mamaseacat 9 years
Awww... I absolutely LOVE "Do they know it's Christmas"!!!! Duran Duran, Boy George, U2 all joined together to make money for the hungry in Africa. (Can you tell I'm an 80's child?)
Phasekitty Phasekitty 9 years
PinkUnicorn- I worked retail for 6 a a CD store no less...and I still LOVE Christmas music. One of my recent favs that I forgot to mention is "Aye Aye Aye It's Christmas" by Ricky Martin. It puts me into giggle fits every time- hysterical! :)
aurora7 aurora7 9 years
I love "Sleigh Ride" by Debbie Gibson. It's kind of bubblegumpop-like, but it's so cheerful and happy!
n_i_k n_i_k 9 years
#1 "All I want for Christmas is You" by Mariah Carey :rudolph:
KimBurnett KimBurnett 9 years
"It's Christmastime in Hollis Queens, Mom's cookin' chicken and collared greens!" mashed potatoes, macaroni 'n cheese...
menthadict menthadict 9 years
I LOVE Santa Baby, hate the MAdonna version.
PinkUnicorn PinkUnicorn 9 years
Ugh. I hate most Christmas music except the really, really classical stuff (hey I used to work retail, find me someone who worked in retail who doesn't hate it!) But the song I hate MOST is that stupid "Wonderful Christmastime" one....if it is playing I have to leave the room. For some reason it just sucks the Christmas spirit right out of me!
karisaamy karisaamy 9 years
I live in WA and there is horrible song that is just played around here called "Northwest Christmas" it makes me want to kill others when I hear it. It is so bad that some Christmas's I think of moving just to get away from it.
Sheepeoh Sheepeoh 9 years
the band aid remake was way worse
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