Shannen Coffin kicks off a compelling debate for this time of year: What are the worst Christmas songs?
I don’t disagree with any of his choices, but there are a couple I endorse with an added level of enthusiasm: “Last Christmas” by Wham! (exclamation point included at no extra charge), and the mother of all terrible Christmas songs, “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” by BandAid, the largest concentration of self-important worthlessness in the history of music.
Shannen’s list is short, though, so there are some other selections I’d like to throw out there, in no particular order.
– Bruce Springsteen’s version of “Santa Claus is Coming to Town”: When I was a kid and heard this, I thought, “Wow! It’s a real rock’n’roll star doing a Christmas song!” Now I think, “Man, when I was a kid, I thought some stupid things.”
– “All I Want for Christmas is You” by Mariah Carey: This counts as a Christmas standard now, which just shows how far our country’s standards have fallen. It’s the same way that McDonald’s salads count as “salads,” and the 50 Shades of Grey books count as “books.”
– “Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer” by Elmo and Patsy: Cute the first million times you hear it, but the expiration date on this one was about twenty Christmases ago. Hearing those first jangly chords makes me dive for the radio like a Secret Service agent on a live grenade.
– “Same Old Lang Syne” by Dan Fogelberg:
– John Cougar Mellencamp’s version of “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus”: On the list of bad John Cougar Mellencamp songs, this is tied for first with… every other John Cougar Mellencamp song.
Did I miss any? Let me know.