Hark! Its that time of year when Christmas songs haunt every grocery aisle, all department store racks, and every last media outlet. You cant escape it. But luckily, not every jolly melody is ho-ho-horrendous. There are some classic tunes that will never go out of style (unlike the scarf you just bought your sister-in-law). So, in case you couldnt make up your mind about which songs will help you deck the halls and which will have you running from the malls, heres a short list of the top 5 best and worst holiday tunes:
1. White Christmas Bing Crosby
This classic song sung by Bing Crosby goes down in the Guinness Book of World Records as the best-selling single of all time and thats saying something. The tune reminisces of old-fashioned, idealistic Christmases, and Crosby easily transports us to such snow-capped settings with his deep melodic voice.
2. The Christmas Song Nat King Cole
First subtitled Merry Christmas to You, this 1946 classic has become the most-performed Christmas song of all time. (In 1974, Coles original version was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame so its good. Really, really, really good.)
3. Let it Snow Frank Sinatra
Ironically, this uplifting holiday ditty was written in July of 1945 during the hottest days on record in Hollywood, CA. Today, its one of the most beloved Christmas songs, spreading holiday cheer wherever Franks crooning is heard.
4. Jingle Bell Rock Bobby Helms
Ah, 1957, the year Bobby Helms gave us an updated version of Jingle Bells that doesnt make us cringe. While it lacks the depth that some of the other best Christmas songs encompass, its no less classic.
5. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas Judy Garland
This song was introduced in the 1944 film, Meet Me in St. Louis and became really popular (especially during the war years). But even today, nearly 70 years later, Garlands mellow, intoxicating voice fills us with irresistible holiday hope.
1. Santa Baby Madonna
Taylor Swift, The Pussycat Dolls, Everclear, Shakira you name it, theyve sang it. But somehow, no version was so awfully terrible as the one by Madonna. Why does she try to sound like Cindy Lauper while looking like Marilyn Monroe? Its a mystery best left unsolved.
2. Dominick the Donkey Lou Monte
A song about a donkey that brings presents to Italian children sounds harmless enough, except for the chorus of jing-a-di-jing hee haw hee haw. (If you dont already know this song, dont bother looking it up. It will get stuck in your head guaranteed.)
3. Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer Elmo and Patsy
Though its been rerecorded more times than anyone cares to count, the original of this song is still probably the worst. And, as if it wasnt already clearing checkout lines, Dr. Elmo came out with a sequel: Grandpas Gonna Sue the Pants off Santa. No joke.
4. Funky, Funky Christmas New Kids On the Block
Throw wholesome values to the wind and have a funky, FUNKY Christmas! Not only does this song offer some of the worst lyrics ever, such as (but not limited to) Its snowing outside but we ho-ho-hoing, its also nearly 5 minutes long.
5. Wonderful Christmastime Paul McCartney
While it may be blasphemous to knock an ex-Beatles song, this holiday tune had to make an appearance on the list. Its not like Im taking Paul down a peg for it we all know hes a musical genius but the world would probably be a better place without this song of annoying, trance-like music paired with flat lining lyrics.
About the Author:
“Katie Straw” is the Gourmet Scribe at GourmetGiftBaskets.com, one of the top suppliers of gift baskets in the nation, and currently resides in Manchester, New Hampshire.