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Czarcasm 12-06-2016 05:17 PM

What Christmas standard do you not want to hear any more?
 
No novelty songs, please-Just the ones you hear every year on the radio.

For me, it's Madonna's sterile version of "Santa Baby". I much prefer Eartha Kitt's version.

nearwildheaven 12-06-2016 05:19 PM

I have never liked "Away in a Manger", by anybody.

Two Many Cats 12-06-2016 05:43 PM

Jingle Bell Rock has always been vomitous, in my opinion.

It's so frickin' white bread it sets my teeth grinding.

Skywatcher 12-06-2016 06:10 PM

I've found a nice station (Vancouver's CISL) that doesn't play any really crappy Christmas music. No Shoes, their Grandma is the superior Irish Rovers version and isn't played all that often, etc.

kunilou 12-06-2016 06:24 PM

The very first Christmas song I heard this season was a smooth jazz version of Oh Come All Ye Faithful.

I don't like smooth jazz to start with, and if you're going to do Oh Come All Ye Faithful, then do it like this!

Chefguy 12-06-2016 06:25 PM

Feliz Navidad, may it and its author burn in hell for a million years.

ChockFullOfHeadyGoodness 12-06-2016 06:31 PM

Little Drummer Boy by anybody.

If there's a good version of this one, I haven't heard it. And yes, that includes Bing and Bowie, and Joan Jett's versions.

pulykamell 12-06-2016 06:34 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by kunilou (Post 19834316)
The very first Christmas song I heard this season was a smooth jazz version of Oh Come All Ye Faithful.

I don't like smooth jazz to start with, and if you're going to do Oh Come All Ye Faithful, then do it like this!

Oh, I really thought that was going to link to the Twisted Sister version.

Ethilrist 12-06-2016 06:36 PM

The Twelve Days of Christmas. Any song where people commonly make it into a joke because of how long it takes to sing the chorus? Not a good song.

MovieMogul 12-06-2016 06:36 PM

Any incarnation of THE FIRST NOEL. Especially if it's part of a vesper or church service I'm attending and have to sing along to. Hate.

Marvin the Martian 12-06-2016 06:45 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ChockFullOfHeadyGoodness (Post 19834333)
Little Drummer Boy by anybody.

If there's a good version of this one, I haven't heard it. And yes, that includes Bing and Bowie, and Joan Jett's versions.

This. What a stupid concept for a song. let's see, you've been on the road forever, spent hours looking for a place to stay, squeezed out a baby, and finally got him to bed. Then some kid comes up and offers to play a drum solo, and you agree ? Please...

hogarth 12-06-2016 06:52 PM

I've been occasionally tuning in to the local "all-Xmas music" station. Two of my least favourites so far this year have been "It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year" (my Xmas doesn't usually include ghost stories or toasting marshmallows) and "It's A Marshmallow World" (way too saccharine for my taste). I don't mind "Walking In A Winter Wonderland" in general, but it's been played way too frequently on the station in question so I'm sick of it by now.

My least favourite Xmas song of all time is probably "I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas". That fake "widdle kid" singing just puts my teeth on edge. Luckily I haven't heard it so far this year.

enalzi 12-06-2016 06:54 PM

Little Saint Nick, only because "Christmas comes this time each year" is the worst lyric ever.

Sunny Daze 12-06-2016 06:56 PM

Baby, it's cold outside. Not one more time, please. I don't care if Ella Fitzgerald is singing it, I don't want to hear it again. This year they're playing it every other song.

Happy Lendervedder 12-06-2016 06:59 PM

Holly Jolly Christmas.

Sir T-Cups 12-06-2016 07:03 PM

It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year.

Oh god I cringe every time I hear it. I haaaaaaaaate that song

WOOKINPANUB 12-06-2016 07:09 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by hogarth (Post 19834379)
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My least favourite Xmas song of all time is probably "I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas". That fake "widdle kid" singing just puts my teeth on edge. Luckily I haven't heard it so far this year.

I've been meaning to ask where this fucking ear poison came from. Is it from a movie or something? It feels like it's supposed to sound retro but I'm sure I would have heard it before. Fuck off; hippopotamus girl. I hope you get one and it sits on you.

WOOKINPANUB 12-06-2016 07:11 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Happy Lendervedder (Post 19834391)
Holly Jolly Christmas.

Ok, I know I already posted but this is was what I meant to comment on before I got sidetracked by the goddamn hipppo song.

CheshireKat 12-06-2016 07:32 PM

Christmas Don't Be Late by Alvin & the Chipmunks. Thankfully I haven't heard it in a few years.

TBG 12-06-2016 07:33 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Chefguy (Post 19834318)
Feliz Navidad, may it and its author burn in hell for a million years.

I'll forever love that song for its association with the old Sesame Street Christmas that used to run every year (yet sadly seemed to stop long ago)


I pick Last Christmas by whatever pop tart covered it a few years back. I'm no huge fan of the Wham! version, but it doesn't bother me. This one is gag worthy atrocious (like most pop music of recent years) and should be the target of Krampus.

Prof. Pepperwinkle 12-06-2016 07:35 PM

While I love Christmas music more than anyone I know, I do not ever want to hear Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer, All I Want For Christmas Is My Two-Front Teeth, I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas or many other Novelty songs that should have died out a year or two after they were released.

CheshireKat 12-06-2016 07:39 PM

I missed the edit window - since the Chipmunks' song is probably considered a novelty song, I second Jingle Bell Rock.

commasense 12-06-2016 07:40 PM

All of them!

Except for Vince Guaraldi's Linus and Lucy, because it's not a Christmas song!

SCAdian 12-06-2016 08:01 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ChockFullOfHeadyGoodness (Post 19834333)
Little Drummer Boy by anybody.

If there's a good version of this one, I haven't heard it. And yes, that includes Bing and Bowie, and Joan Jett's versions.

This!!!

Not that I'm all that fond of Xmas in the first place....

dracoi 12-06-2016 08:13 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Two Many Cats (Post 19834219)
Jingle Bell Rock has always been vomitous, in my opinion.

This is my first thought. It's only rock to people who would prefer Sinatra... and I actually see on Wikipedia that it originally charted as a country & western song. :smack:

Xema 12-06-2016 08:13 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by TBG (Post 19834474)
I pick Last Christmas by whatever pop tart covered it a few years back.

Preach it.

RivkahChaya 12-06-2016 08:15 PM

If I never hear that dumb "dreidel, dreidel, dreidel, I made it out of clay," again, it'll be too soon. No Jewish people actually sing that song at Hanukkah. The sole purpose of this song is to be a token for elementary school music teachers to stick in the "Holiday" pageant that includes 11 Christmas songs, and one rendition of "The Dreidel Song."

dracoi 12-06-2016 08:17 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by WOOKINPANUB (Post 19834417)
I've been meaning to ask where this fucking ear poison came from. Is it from a movie or something? It feels like it's supposed to sound retro but I'm sure I would have heard it before. Fuck off; hippopotamus girl. I hope you get one and it sits on you.

If it helps... it was sung by a real child, and dates back to the 50's when it was released like any other single back then. So it's authentically childish and authentically retro... but still fucking ear poison.

Trancephalic 12-06-2016 08:24 PM

The only xmas song i like by my usual standards is Carol of the Bells, although I'm only familiar with the instrumental version and just found out it has lyrics--copyrighted no less!

Personal 12-06-2016 08:42 PM

Really, anything sung by Burl Ives. I don't know what it is about that man, but I can't stand him.

And, yeah, the cover of Last Christmas is hideous.

Ulf the Unwashed 12-06-2016 08:53 PM

All of them? Can I say that??

Perhaps especially little drummer boy, jingle bell rock, that dogs barking thing, and that incredibly annoying upbeat sleighbells one – I think you know what I'm talking about.

Chefguy 12-06-2016 09:11 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ChockFullOfHeadyGoodness (Post 19834333)
Little Drummer Boy by anybody.

If there's a good version of this one, I haven't heard it. And yes, that includes Bing and Bowie, and Joan Jett's versions.

The only version I like of that song is the one where it's performed as a mix with Bolero, which is fairly entertaining.

Biffy the Elephant Shrew 12-06-2016 09:14 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by dracoi (Post 19834592)
If it helps... it was sung by a real child, and dates back to the 50's when it was released like any other single back then. So it's authentically childish and authentically retro... but still fucking ear poison.

I've always loved it myself, but then for years I knew it only as a weird old song that I'd hear once a year, if that, on the Dr. Demento show. I always assumed it was an obscurity and was surprised to learn that it was actually a hit in the '50s. I think its latter-day revival stems from its use in a 1998 Christmas episode of Ally McBeal.

Now "Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer" should never have existed and needs to be banned forever.

E-DUB 12-06-2016 09:24 PM

Feliz Navidad made it so Jose Feliciano never had to work again and that's OK with me. More a novelty song but I count it as a good holiday season if I get through without hearing "Snoopy and the Red Baron Christmas"

And as for the "Little Drummer Boy", you could have given him the effing drum, you moron.

hogarth 12-06-2016 09:32 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Personal (Post 19834648)
And, yeah, the cover of Last Christmas is hideous.

..."the" cover of Last Christmas?

Last year I went to a mall and I heard Last Christmas played four times by three different artists in the span of two hours. Yeesh.

blondebear 12-06-2016 09:42 PM

I've hated Silent Night ever since being subjected to Jay North's awful rendition on Dennis The Menace.

BrotherCadfael 12-06-2016 10:04 PM

Pretty much any of the secular carols. Not because they are secular, because they SUCK!

Happy Lendervedder 12-06-2016 10:18 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Personal (Post 19834648)
And, yeah, the cover of Last Christmas is hideous.

Does this mean you actually enjoy the original?

Lumpy 12-06-2016 10:27 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Chefguy (Post 19834318)
Feliz Navidad, may it and its author burn in hell for a million years.

This one is WAAY overplayed because, you know, diversity. And I hate all Mexican brass music enough that I'd support a global embargo on copper to Mexico.

Personal 12-06-2016 10:47 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by hogarth (Post 19834738)
..."the" cover of Last Christmas?

Last year I went to a mall and I heard Last Christmas played four times by three different artists in the span of two hours. Yeesh.

That's funny. Truly had no idea.

Personal 12-06-2016 10:49 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Happy Lendervedder (Post 19834804)
Does this mean you actually enjoy the original?

One of a few Wham songs I like, and I don't remember it being overplayed when it was released. I hear it more often now.

RandMcnally 12-06-2016 10:56 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by TBG (Post 19834474)
I pick Last Christmas by whatever pop tart covered it a few years back. I'm no huge fan of the Wham! version, but it doesn't bother me. This one is gag worthy atrocious (like most pop music of recent years) and should be the target of Krampus.


You're going to have to be more specific than that...



The song I hate above all others is "Christmas Time is Here." I have to change the station whenever it's on. I loathe it.

panache45 12-07-2016 12:52 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by RivkahChaya (Post 19834583)
If I never hear that dumb "dreidel, dreidel, dreidel, I made it out of clay," again, it'll be too soon. No Jewish people actually sing that song at Hanukkah. The sole purpose of this song is to be a token for elementary school music teachers to stick in the "Holiday" pageant that includes 11 Christmas songs, and one rendition of "The Dreidel Song."

This. I mean, THIS!!! I think it was better when I was a kid, and there was no attempt at diversity.

At least no one has come up with "Hanukkah Shoes." :eek:

drad dog 12-07-2016 01:08 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by RandMcnally (Post 19834870)
You're going to have to be more specific than that...



The song I hate above all others is "Christmas Time is Here." I have to change the station whenever it's on. I loathe it.

You really mean Vince Guaraldi's tune from Charlie Brown?

TriPolar 12-07-2016 01:11 AM

I could stand most of those once a year. The second time turns the Christmas season into a time of evil and violent desires.

Biotop 12-07-2016 01:13 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ChockFullOfHeadyGoodness (Post 19834333)
Little Drummer Boy by anybody.

If there's a good version of this one, I haven't heard it. And yes, that includes Bing and Bowie, and Joan Jett's versions.

Then you have not heard this one!

Little Drummer Boy by corporal blossom.

Biotop 12-07-2016 01:16 AM

"Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" is the very definition of what is wrong with Christmas music.

Starving Artist 12-07-2016 01:21 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by hogarth (Post 19834379)
My least favourite Xmas song of all time is probably "I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas". That fake "widdle kid" singing just puts my teeth on edge.

That song was sung by a 10-year-old girl named Gayla Peevey. I like it mostly because of the hearty, full-throated way she belts it out. Pretty damn good singing for a 10-year-old kid.

kenobi 65 12-07-2016 01:41 AM

Not what I'd call "standards", but these get played a lot on the pop stations that go to all-Christmas formats, and they are *not* Christmas songs:

Last Christmas (Wham!, and any and all covers)
Same Old Lang Syne (Dan Fogelberg)
My Favorite Things (from The Sound of Music)

Also, while it's a Christmas song, "Wonderful Christmastime," by Paul McCartney, needs to just go away, because it's an awful song.

GuanoLad 12-07-2016 02:56 AM

Anything that mentions Jesus. Maybe that's unfair of me, but I don't care.

Also, Springsteen's Santa Claus Is Coming To Town.


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