7 Quick Takes Friday, Dec. 10 - Worst Christmas Songs Edition

Thanks to Jen for hosting.

I love Christmas music. In fact, I adore it. I'd say about half of my iTunes library is comprised of all the Christmas music I've collected over the years. However, there are some songs (or rather, some versions of songs) that I absolutely despise. Here, in no particular order, are seven songs that I don't care if I never listen to again. I've even provided a link to the song, where possible, so you can share in the loathing.

1. Last Christmas by George Michael. I hate this song. Hate it with the passion of a thousand burning suns. I once had a co-worker who was obsessed with it and played it (out loud, in our shared office) over and over and over and over. Now, of course, the stupid song comes on the radio every time I listen.

2. So This Is Christmas/ Happy Christmas (War is Over) - John Lennon. I don't think this is a bad song, per se -- I like its message -- but it is so overplayed. Like #1, it's on the radio constantly. I also find it somewhat puzzling that Lennon likes to imagine there's no religion, but sings a song about Christmas. Um, John... Christmas started because of religion. It's Christ's Mass.

3. Snow, from White Christmas. White Christmas is one of my all-time favorite movies, but I can't say I care for this song. Who the hell wants to wash their hands, face and hair with snow?? Brrrrrrrrrrrr!

4. The Twelve Days of Christmas - the Sinatra family. This is an annoying song in the best of circumstances, but this version? *shudder*

5. I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Clause - Jackson 5. I've always found this song rather creepy, and Michael Jackson even more so. Hahaha, I think Mommy's cheating on Daddy with Santa! How funny! Um, not. This song is another they play eighty times a day on the radio.

6. Santa Baby - any version. I don't like this song because it's about crass materialism -- pretty much the opposite of what Christmas should represent. And the whole Sexy Santa vibe is off-putting.

7. Are My Ears on Straight/I'm a Little Doll Who Was Dropped and Broken - Gayla Peevey. Hi! I'm a doll! My bratty little owner dropped me and I broke into a million pieces! And now I'm scared she'll throw me away if I haven't been fixed to her satisfaction! Some day Chucky and I are going to get married and then I'll get my sweet revenge! (Okay, that last part isn't in the song, but it might as well be.)

So, there you have it. Next week I'll list seven of my favorite Christmas song versions.

Voyage of the Dawn Treader this weekend! Woohoo!


  1. Oh you totally stole my idea! I was going to do the creepiest Christmas songs. Dang it!

    I love your songs. I agree.

  2. A) Do they play "I Want a Hippopotomus for Christmas" where you are? It's a St. Louis staple and it is the most irritating, ear-wormy, make-you-wish-you'd-never-heard-of-holiday-music song ever. The whiny vocalist who thinks she's cute, the obvious entitlement... Hate it.

    B) I'm not a fan of "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus," but I always took it as a joke on the narrator who doesn't realize that his dad is Santa.

  3. #2 probably is being played more often this year because the 30th anniversary of Lennon's death just passed. I'm sad that he died young, but I don't like that song. As for his views on religion, maybe he was opposed to organized religion (human hierarchy, Crusades, etc.) but not to the concept of Christ?

    I detest #6, particularly since I was in a tap-dance number set to the Madonna version when I was 17, so I had to hear it over and over and over again from Christmas until the recital in May!!!

    Your characterization of #7 is spot on. Eeurgh.

  4. Abbi, I've heard the Hippopotamus song (also Gayla Peevey, I believe) but thankfully it doesn't seem to be as prevalent down here.

    As for "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Clause," that's kind of why it's creepy. To me, it's a kid giggling about how he sees his mother kissing someone other than his father. It just rubs me the wrong way, somehow.

  5. er, Santa Claus, above. typing too fast!

  6. "snow" drives me nuts because it gets stuck in my head for days. And I hate it!

    I like all of your other picks, but have to add "Dominic the Christmas Donkey". Have you ever heard that one? It's horrifying.

    Also, Taylor Swift did a version of "last Christmas", I don't know if this changes your view of it at all. I do know when we heard it in the car my husband said, "Isn't this that christmas song sung by that man who sounds like a woman (referring to george michael)? This one isn't much better." :)

    Have a great weekend!

  7. You missed the all time worst- that "date-rape" song, "Baby it's cold outside." I'm sure you have heard it but if not, the premise is that the "man" (not much of one) is trying to convince his date to stay too long at his house because, "baby it's cold outside". Actual line sang by the "woman"- "hey what's in this drink?".
    Like I said, date-rape song.

  8. Oh yeah, "Baby It's Cold Outside" gets an honorable mention. I have quite the comprehensive list.

  9. Haha...I either hate all of those too or don't know them but I'll definitely take your word for it. "Baby It's Cold Outside" gives me the creeps too. Yuck.

  10. What? No Rudolph "my friends are all just using me and hated me before I became famous" the Red-Nosed Reindeer? What's worse is that we hold it up as a sweet kids' story.

    Talk about modeling poor behavior.


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