Christmas Songs That You Think Are Overplayed Or Not Played Enough

So, here’s a question for the Christmas Season. What Christmas songs do you hear too much of from Thanksgiving to Christmas and what songs do you think need to be heard more often? I’m pretty sure that given the diversity of people who celebrate Christmas, some songs would end up on both lists.

We have a few radio stations here in Northern Virginia that do all Christmas music, or rather, Holiday music, 24/7 between the end of November and Christmas Day. But it seems as though some songs get played over and over while other songs are extremely rare.

Here are my choices for songs played way too much:

  1. Christmas In Sarajevo by Trans-Siberian Orchestra. I find nothing cheery about this piece and every time I hear it, my mind is filled with images of an airborne assault in the Vietnam War.
  2. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town by Bruce Springsteen. Let’s face it. The Boss is passé. He may be a classic rocker but this version of this song is not what any rationally thinking person would consider “classic.”
  3. Christmas Shoes by NewSong. This song is depressing. So depressing that I would rather hear Christmas In Sarajevo than this.
  4. Jingle Bell Rock by Bobby Helms. Helms has the same problem that Springsteen does. Someone tried to take a commercialized song and call it a Christmas classic. Didn’t work.
  5. Any version of Santa Baby. This has got to be one of the biggest Christmas barf songs of all time. How can you explain to a child that Christmas is a time of celebrating peace and brotherhood when you’ve got Eartha Kitt or Madonna asking Santa to bring all this cash and jewelry?

Now, here are some songs that I don’t get to hear enough:

  1. Christmas Eve In Washignton by Maura Sullivan. This is probably just a local favorite here in the D.C. area, but it has a Christmassy feel and is fairly patriotic too.
  2. Snoopy’s Christmas by The Royal Guardsmen. This may seem like a cheesy pick, but if you’ve ever listened to the words, you find that in the end, the Christmas Spirit overtakes the Red Baron and he shows mercy to his adversary.
  3. Christmas Rapping by The Waitresses. Okay, this pick oozes with cheese as well. But, the song is a story about a year filled with bad luck and ends in a sort of Christmas miracle.
  4. Christmas In Killarney by John Redmond, James Cavanaugh and Frank Weldon. What separates this song from Jingle Bell Rock is that instead of a commercial jingle, Christmas In Killarney captures the feel and sensation of spending Christmas in a close-knit small town.
  5. Sleigh Ride, the original instrumental version by Leroy Anderson. Okay, I know this was never meant to be a Christmas song, but it has become one. I like it because I actually played it in the band back in High School. It brings back some very treasured memories for me.

There are other songs that I am sure can go onto either list. Another Auld Lang Syne by the late Dan Fogelberg could go either way here. The Hallelujah Chorus by Handel is the same way but it is really an Easter song.


One Response

  1. LOL 84 Rules…what an interesting post. I have to fess up and say that I only recollect hearing Santa Baby for the first time a couple of years ago and I thought it was a hoot. (Where have I been?). And I don’t even think I know your 1 and 3. Is it living Downunder that makes the difference? I do, though, remember the Royal Guardsmen. Now that’s a blast from the past.

    BTW I see you are in DC. I lived in Northern Va from 1983-84 and loved it. My daughter will be spending this Christmas in DC. I look forward to her reports of capital Christmas.

    Anyhow, thanks for the post (which I discovered through those “Possibly related links” on my own blog.

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