OT - Best/Worst Christmas Music

We constantly argue about best/worst Christmas movies. I just heard one of the most abominable songs ever recorded and was enraged and bored enough to start this thread. So, give me your best. Give me your worst.

My list in no particular order (probably update it as I think of songs)...

Best
- Handel's Messiah (yes it's an entire oratorio, not just a song, but it's kinda hard to break it up)
- White Christmas by Bing Crosby
-Pretty much the entire Home Alone soundtrack
-The Chipmunk Christmas song

Worst
-Simply Having a Wonderful Christmas Time by Paul McCartney (said abomination)
-All I Want for Christmas Is You by Mariah Carey (it was ok the first 5000 times I heard it, but it's done)

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Best: Christmas Wrapping by The Waitresses
Worst: Simply Having a Wonderful Christmas Time, and it is not even close.

"Sooner or later, if man is ever to be worthy of his destiny, we must fill our heart with tolerance."
-Stan Lee

"Never half-ass two things. Whole-ass one thing."
-Ron Swanson

"11-0, bro"
-Hunter Carpenter (probably)

I saw the topic and thought 'Simply Having...' I just knew that there had to be others who hate this song. As much as I love the Beatles, and appreciate Mac, it pains me to say I simply hate this song.

The whole Alabama Christmas album!

Best and Worst?!

Pain is Temporary, Chicks Dig Scars
Glory is Forever, Let's Go Hokies!!

yes!

Warning: this post occasionally contains strong language (which may be unsuitable for children), unusual humor (which may be unsuitable for adults), and advanced mathematics (which may be unsuitable for liberal-arts majors)..

Worst
-Simply Having a Wonderful Christmas Time by Paul McCartney (said abomination)
-All I Want for Christmas Is You by Mariah Carey (it was ok the first 5000 times I heard it, but it's done)

I came here to put exactly this.

Now finish up them taters; I'm gonna go fondle my sweaters.

My entries for best:

Now finish up them taters; I'm gonna go fondle my sweaters.

BEST

What's
Important
Now

#RESPECTMYDECISION

Nice pull, I forgot about Dominick the Christmas Donkey.

If you play it, they will win.

"How the ass pocket will be used, I do not know. Alls I know is, the ass pocket will be used." -The BoD

By far the best!

@hokie_rd

Best: Silence
Worst: All of it

Directions from Blacksburg to whoville, go north till you smell it then go east until you step in it

RIght there with you. I hate Christmas music. I trace that back to working at a place that played it from November through the end of January. All day. Only Christmas music. I hate all of it now.

That would make anyone hate it. Shame, too, because there are some classics out there.

No, I *don't* want to go to the SEC. Why do you ask?

We don't love dem Hoos.

Tyrod did it Mikey, Tyrod did it!!

Assuming this is on the BEST list (CONCUR), I heard the Taylor Swift cover of this song and damn near ripped the radio and threw it out of the car.

Similarly, This Christmas by Donny Hathaway is on the best list, but then I heard the Christina Aguilera cover and wanted to puncture my own eardrums.

This great

Now finish up them taters; I'm gonna go fondle my sweaters.

Realize this is a thread about music but....

To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
@BuryHokie #ThanksFrank

Minus the part about Ferrell not being funny, I'm with you.

If you play it, they will win.

"How the ass pocket will be used, I do not know. Alls I know is, the ass pocket will be used." -The BoD

To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
@BuryHokie #ThanksFrank

This x1000

It also happens to be the opening credits song for the greatest Christmas Movie of all time, Die Hard.

Both are great.

Tyrod did it Mikey, Tyrod did it!!

Worst
Do they know its Christmas- Band Aid (aka Bono and friends). No, they don't know it's Christmas in Africa because they probably don't celebrate it.

Happy Xmas (War is Over)- John Lennon and Yoko Ono. What does war have to do with Christmas?

No, they don't know it's Christmas in Africa because they probably don't celebrate it.

...and "there won't be snow in Africa this Christmas time" because there is no snow in Africa...ever (except for the higher elevations in the south)


Mount Kilimanjaro is in Tanzania near the equator. It has snow on it.

Ut Prosim Ad Dei Gloriam

Happy Xmas is one of my Top 5 favorite Xmas songs. Hits all the christmas notes and even tosses in a happy new year too.

Whatever. It was one bad year.

Seasonal Brew means High ABV for football season and standard the rest of the year.

Another entry for best:

Now finish up them taters; I'm gonna go fondle my sweaters.

This I can get behind

"That kid you're talking to right there, I think he played his nuts off! And you can quote me on that shit!" -Bud Foster

+1 for the Pogues. I always feel drunk just listening to their music.

Tyrod did it Mikey, Tyrod did it!!

I typically am drunk when I hear the Pogues.

To be fair, they're probably drunk as well.

Amateur superstar and idiot extraordinaire.

I've always loved from the Peanuts cartoons "Christmas Time is Here"

Worst? Idk pick whatever washed up pop/country singer who has a Christmas album out

"That kid you're talking to right there, I think he played his nuts off! And you can quote me on that shit!" -Bud Foster

George Winston - December. The only Christmas music you need.

Here lies It's a Stroman Jersey I Swear, surpassed in life by no one because he intercepted it.

ROOT BOY SLIM!!!!!

AND HIS SEX CHANGE BAND!!

Pain is Temporary, Chicks Dig Scars
Glory is Forever, Let's Go Hokies!!

Boogie 'til ya puke!

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I picked Linus and Lucy, but Christmas Time is Here (instrumental) is close second favorite for me. I love Vince

I've been known to listen to that album outside of the holiday season.

Haha, same here man.

Worst: Feliz Navidad

Best: can't think of one because i'm too pissed that the worst one is now stuck in my head.

Thank you so much. I hadn't heard this yet this year. Now it's in my head too.

Feliz Navidad

"Police Pull My Car"

"Hey Bud, you wont have to hold the opponent to 17 points anymore."

Best: Dropkick Murphy's The Seasons Upon Us. Not even close.

TKPhi Damn Proud
BSME 2009

Shouldn't have taken so long writing my post. I'll drink.

Where's the beef?

Love this song, has an appearance on my Punk Christmas list.

Enter Sandman, released July 30, 1991, is the best Christmas Song. Change my mind.

Best:
Run Run Rudolph - Lemmy Kilmister
Father Christmas - The Kinks
The Seasons Upon Us - Dropkick Murphys
Oi to the World - The Vandals
Any Mannheim Steamroller Christmas Album

Worst? I don't particularly hate any christmas music, but I am also tired of Mariah Carey Christmas Song.

Where's the beef?

I Like this version of Run Run Rudolph by the humpers as well

Always good to see the Vandals referenced on TKP

"That kid you're talking to right there, I think he played his nuts off! And you can quote me on that shit!" -Bud Foster

Mannheim Steamroller sucks. Last Christmas I gave you my heart sucks. All I want for Christmas is you sucks. Bono and Ono and Mac suck.

Windham Hill has good Christmas music. James Taylor has a great Christmas album. There is a lot of very good Christmas music out there, just stay away from pop.

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Best:

Worst:

King Alum of the House Hokie, the First of His Name, Khal of the Turkey Legs, The rightful Heir to the Big Board, the Unbanned, Breaker of Trolls and Father of Gritty

Do They Know It's Christmas is just awful. A bunch of ignorant, pretentious celebrities singing a lame song thinking they are doing so much good in the world. Do they know it's Christmas time at all? Well over 40% of Africa is Christian, so yeah probably do.

Any of the 4 James Brown Christmas Albums. They're a good change of pace.

I really thought there were more than 4.

Im gonna have to check these out

They're really good if you like James Brown and are tired of the usual Christmas music. But I will say after awhile they get old, like anything else.

Underreported worst: Baby Its Cold Outside - Yes, lets sing a happy joyful song about getting a woman drunk and taking advantage of her.......

King Alum of the House Hokie, the First of His Name, Khal of the Turkey Legs, The rightful Heir to the Big Board, the Unbanned, Breaker of Trolls and Father of Gritty

Pulllease. It's a good song and the story goes both ways. It's only the last year or two that this classic is suddenly about rape and coercion, and while I'm on board the feminista train (47 years of marriage to one), I don't buy the revisionist interpretation here.

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Thank you. +1,000,000

Tyrod did it Mikey, Tyrod did it!!

Agreed! The song is just playful banter between the two. It's a song about playing "hard to get".

Yes, lets sing a happy joyful song about getting a woman drunk and taking advantage of her.......

LMAO!

You know she wanted it too!

"Hey Bud, you wont have to hold the opponent to 17 points anymore."

Love this song.

Best - Bad Religion Christmas album

Worst - I want a hippopotamus for christmas (niece loved this and now i despise it)

Buttchinbill just became the smartest man on the board. This rendition of Hark the Herald Angels Sing is the most flawless punk rock Christmas song I've ever heard.

Kudos to you, Buttchinbill, you have made everyone smarter for your post. You are awarded all the legs. And may God have mercy on your soul.

Best: Nat King Cole - The Christmas Song; Stevie Wonder - What Christmas Means to Me; Donny Hathaway - This Christmas; Vince Guaraldi - Linus and Lucy

Solid list, sir.

No, I *don't* want to go to the SEC. Why do you ask?

We don't love dem Hoos.

The worst is without a doubt that damn song about the kid wanting to buy shoes for his dying mom. How freaking depressing can you be.

Edit - Best: Animal, Swedish chef, and Beaker doing ringing of the bells.

My wife takes the kids and leaves the house while I watch my Hokie games.........nuff said

Best: Let It Be Christmas by Alan Jackson
Worst: Mele Kalikimaka

I don't know how the fuck I forgot this in the best category...

Only the Eartha Kitt version though. Everyone else doesn't come close.

If you play it, they will win.

"How the ass pocket will be used, I do not know. Alls I know is, the ass pocket will be used." -The BoD

This is correct.

"Simply Having..." is so bad it almost invalidates everything else Paul McCartney has done in his career. It needs to be banned and lost to the sands of time

If you play it, they will win.

"How the ass pocket will be used, I do not know. Alls I know is, the ass pocket will be used." -The BoD

I give you the G.O.A.T.

"I liked you guys a lot better when everybody told you you were terrible." -Justin Fuente

Honorable mention:

"I liked you guys a lot better when everybody told you you were terrible." -Justin Fuente

I'll let. the FAM. decide. on this. one:

Let's Go

HOKIES

Best: Mele Kalikimaka

Worst: Christmas Shoes

Best: listen to any Christmas song by Pentatonix, they're all great. Little Drummer Boy is really good (as are Grown Up Christmas list and White Winter Hymnal)

Worst: echoing the sentiment on Simply Having a Wonderful Christmas Time by Paul McCartney and Happy Christmas War is Over

"The Big Ten is always using excuses to cancel games with us. First Wisconsin. Then Wisconsin. After that, Wisconsin. The subsequent cancellation with Wisconsin comes to mind too. Now Penn State. What's next? Wisconsin?" -HorseOnATreadmill

Best: Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Sarajevo 12/24
This song pumps me up outside of Christmas😂

My lips are moving but there's no sound
Someday somebody's gonna get run down

I can't wait to go to a Trans-Siberian Orchestra.

Ok
Ok

Ok

Just heard the Christmas Shoes song on the radio today. Yeah, that song is the absolute worst Christmas song ever. And short list for absolute worst song of all time.

King Alum of the House Hokie, the First of His Name, Khal of the Turkey Legs, The rightful Heir to the Big Board, the Unbanned, Breaker of Trolls and Father of Gritty

Christmas shoes? I don't think I've heard that one

Don't.

Don't.

Seriously, don't.

If you even think you're hearing part of it, change the station.

No one needs that kind of saccharine depressing shit.

You lucky soul....

I really like the melody. And I love the vocalist, Michael O'Brien of the band, Newsong.. But those lyrics — man oh man, even I can't handle the lyrics, and even other women have told me I tend towards overly being overly sensitive and sentimental.

Spoiler alert: Mama's fixing to go to heaven on Christmas Eve so little boy runs out to buy her a new pair of shoes (Shoes? Really? She's dying! Mama wants you at home with her, kid, not out buying her a pair of shoes she'll never get to wear!), only he doesn't have enough money. Cue the kindly stranger who saves the day and, in the process, is reminded of the true meaning of Christmas. (Seriously.).

"Tajh Boyd over the middle . . . and it's caught for an interception! Michael Cole, lying flat on his back, ARE YOU KIDDING???"

Probably NSFW

I'm here for the memes, I just stay for the football.

Best Pop (last 30 years) Christmas Song: Let It Snow, Boyz II Men
Worst: All I Want for Christmas Is You, Mariah Carey (mostly due to fatigue, plus I don't like her at all)

Best Secular Christmas Carol: The Christmas Song/Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
Worst: I'll Be Home for Christmas

Best Religious Christmas Carol: Silent Night
Worst: O Holy Night

No, I *don't* want to go to the SEC. Why do you ask?

We don't love dem Hoos.

What? I'll Be Home for Christmas is on your worst list??? Sacrilege is what that is.

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I was ok with the song until I actually paid attention to the last line, and "if only in my dreams" is freaking DEPRESSING.

No, I *don't* want to go to the SEC. Why do you ask?

We don't love dem Hoos.

Well, yeah, because it's a letter from a soldier in WWII.

Exactly. And that's depressing!

No, I *don't* want to go to the SEC. Why do you ask?

We don't love dem Hoos.

And still the song prevails, all these years later. I'd replace the description of depressing with poignant. If you've been lucky enough to travel much, I'm sure you know what homesick feels like, and at the holidays it can be too much for some, but I prefer to think of the song as hopefully wistful.

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I mean, sure. I'd say it was more poignant when it was a contemporary recording, given the cultural context. You can still apply the message and sentiments today in 2019, given that we still have servicemen overseas during this holiday season. But I'd argue that the message has lost its poignancy by now, especially with the realization that war is, indeed, hell.

That's just how I feel about it now, however. Everyone else can feel how they want, and it's cool.

No, I *don't* want to go to the SEC. Why do you ask?

We don't love dem Hoos.

To me, that's the essence of music, how we interpret what we hear, how it makes us feel. Different for each and each just as valid as the other.
I guess I see the song more as a holiday staple, not a military thing at all, much as I enjoy a lot of carols with religious statements I don't believe, because they're holiday staples I grew up with. As for war being hell, I'm pretty sure they realized that back then, too and I guess I don't get your reference there. I generalize it more, I guess, to anyone away from where they'd rather be for Christmas.
Either way, not knocking the way you feel at all. That's music.

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I remember that the song sort of became a theme song for us during our freshman year in the Corps, because it sucks to be a freshman in the Corps.

Having had that experience myself in 1968-69, I think we both know how much it can suck to be a rat. I had a whole class of "buddies", but had never felt so lonely in my life...until I went to basic training, that is.

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The next year, the head cadet of the corps, John Janney, stole my girlfriend, darn him (or her, more accurately, doubt he'd ever heard my name), I knew I was gonna flunk out because of extreme immaturity and too much Highty Tighty stuff rat year without the discipline to handle it, and the looming prospect of being drafted when I lost my deferment and I was just as lonely and miserable as rat year, but without the upperclassmen harassing me. I've always had a problem with earworms, seldom without one, and the song that got stuck in my ear then and even now all these years later was a gratuitously depressing little ditty sung by Peggy Lee that came out that year. ''Is That All There Is" is the name of it, and a more depressing song would be hard to find. I'm not sure that the song itself wasn't part of my problem, but while I survived, even found a new and wonderful girlfriend (I lost by flunking out), I can't even think of that song without reliving some of the angst of youth.

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papllgee, this might be the first bad post I've ever seen from you. O Holy Night whips.

Not the bagman VT deserves, but the bagman VT needs right now.

Old person question: what's the difference between a song that whips and one that slaps?
O Holy Night quality varies a lot by who sings it.

O Holy Night quality varies a lot by who sings it.

This. I've heard some great choirs sing it and was really moved. And I've heard some really bad renditions of it as well.

If you're not sure if my comment warrants a "/s", it probably does.

I'm at peace with dying on this hill.

No, I *don't* want to go to the SEC. Why do you ask?

We don't love dem Hoos.

I really enjoy this one. It even has a tuba.

Worst is Last Christmas. It doesn't go anywhere, it makes very little sense and it is just annoying.

+1 for Relient K. Their live version of Charlie Brown Christmas / Sleigh Ride is a favorite around here.
https://youtu.be/fYlsGldPugU

"Tajh Boyd over the middle . . . and it's caught for an interception! Michael Cole, lying flat on his back, ARE YOU KIDDING???"

The best and only Xmas song I listen to:

Best

Holly Jolly Christmas by Burl Ives (Ives voice just sounds like Christmas)
Feliz Navidad (the chorus in English is just so damned catchy I can't help but like it)

Worst

Simply Having a Wonderful Christmas Time by Paul McCartney (somehow the greatest songwriter of the 20th century wrote the worst song in human history)

The doll's trying to kill me and the toaster's been laughing at me.

Yessir. This is my 1979.

Leonard. Duh.

Best: Any choral rendition of the OG Christmas carols. Choral Christmas music just soooo sets the tone for the season.

Another Best - The God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen/We Three Kings mash-up by BNL and Sarah McLachlan. The first time I heard that, I was driving and I had to pull over. It was a moment.

And another - Enya does a Celtic "Silent Night" that is another tone setter.

Worst - Santa Baby. Baby it's Cold, and the Mariah Carey thing.

Good Stuff - The Ronettes Christmas album.

Leonard. Duh.

Bump for Bare naked ladies- God rest ye merry gentlemen

If you want level-headed opinions, don't go on a message board or sports forums

I know religious is a particularly sensitive topic around this part, but for me, one of the best Christmas musics are - in no particular order:

I, for one, will always love a 'winter' song that tends to be associated with Christmas.

BUT I NEED HELP!!!

The song, as you'll be familiar with, is called 'Walking in a Winter Wonderland' - but I can't find the one I love the most.

I heard it only once, this version of my favorite holiday song. I heard it on the radio as I was stopped up at Buckeyestown after just getting off of 70 onto 270 on my way from PA to NoVA.

The woman who sang it sang it as only she has ever been able to. It was easily the best version of this, or maybe any, song that has ever been sung. I want to find it again.

I spent many days trying to track down this specific recording and was never able to find the right one. The song sounded like it was recorded recently - the production qualities were modern. I thought it may have been Mariah Carey but I don't think that's the case. I have no idea who it was. I can't find that vocalist. I don't know who it was, but I do know it was brilliant, and I want your help to try to find it.

Darlene Love on the last Letterman Christmas Show singing 'Baby Please Come Home'. I've been a Letterman fan since his morning show in the early 80's. She performed this song for 29 years on his show.

https://youtu.be/tsU08y9peZg

Other entries for best, or ones that amuse me:
Blue Christmas - Elvis
Blue Christmas - Porky Pig spoof
Let There Be Peace On Earth - Vince Gill
Please Come Home for Christmas - The Eagles
Pretty Paper - Willie Nelson
I am Santa Claus - Bob Rivers

Worst:
The Kathy Mattea Christmas albums. My mom and her family burned me out on them. They're not bad music. But, I really don't want to hear them again.

The Killers album Don't Waste Your Wishes is solid top to bottom. Boots is probably their best Christmas track.

Also partial to Fairytale of New York by the Pogues. Apparently it's still EXTREMELY popular in Europe. Spent last December in Germany, and it was on the radio seemingly once every hour.

I have a large Christmas playlist. Extremely large. So large that I can play it and not have to worry about too much repetition during the course of the month. I've got a wide range of music in there and there's some interesting choices.

Yet there are three songs that aren't allowed on in any form:
-Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer
-Wonderful Christmastime
-Christmas Shoes

Although BNL did an elevator music instrumental version of Wonderful Christmastime that is tolerable.

There's also a song about a guy singing about his family though the years that's kind of depressing.

What, no love for Rudolph and Frosty??

#RespectTheClassics

Best:

    1. August Burns Red Christmas album if you like rock/metal
    2. Pentatonix is absolutely beautiful
    3. Alan Jackson's Christmas album

    The worst is Ariana Grande because her voice annoys me

Die Hard
John McClane - "Dont you have any Christmas music?"
Argyle - "This IS Christmas music"

Worst by far: "The Little Drummer Boy" ...The last thing a mother with a newborn wants is some twerp banging on drums.

*Dwight schrute has entered the chat*

Edit: actually, it was Angela's favorite song. Damn. It was Dwight signing it in season one.

12 Days of Christmas is a song that needs a good hook. If it's just someone singing the verses straight through, I'll take a pass.

Straight No Chaser has a great medley version. And I like Reliant K's version that keeps calling out what crappy presents they are.

Like Christiansburg Hokie said above, I know religion can be a prickly subject here, but the holiday is, at its core, a religious holiday. Therefore, my favorite song from my favorite album:

Some other albums/songs that get generous playtime: Anything by Nat King Cole (what a voice!); select songs by Karen Carpenter (another smooth voice); the entire Charlie Brown Christmas album by Vincent Garaldi; Casting Crowns first Christmas Album; It's the Thought That Counts by Twila Paris;

I could put up a huge list of the worst. Some of them, in no particular order: Christmas Shoes (another religious song, just not a good one), the Paul McCartney song mentioned above, the name of which I choose not to even look up because I can't stand it; Frosty (sorry folks, it just grates on me....but I do love me some Rudolph by Burl Ives). A lot of the songs mentioned above, some on favorite lists, a lot on worst lists.

One favorite memory of pre-Christmas fun in Vawter Hall: Every year my roomate and I would pop popcorn and have guys on the floor come over to watch Rudolph. We were one of the few rooms that had a tv (13" b&w), so we usually had quite a few guys cramming into the room. Favorite part: throwing popcorn at the bumble and booing.

Take the shortest route to the ball and arrive in bad humor.

That SCC album is pretty solid.

Of course, I probably have an extra nostalgic kick out of it because it was one of the first CDs my parents bought when we finally got a CD player in the mid-90s so it got a lot of playtime.

Lauren Daigle / Chris Tomlin''s Noel is a good one. That young lady has an incredible voice.

I guess you guys are erring on the side of caution, which I am sure is appreciated, but I don't know why you and Christiansburg Hokie feel the need to apologize for posting religious music in a thread about Christmas music.

A whole lot of music that would be excluded from the discussion if it was restricted to purely secular music. It is a religious holiday after all.

I think you can appreciate religious music on its own without religion entering the conversation. Despite the church leaving me ages ago, I still listed Handel's Messiah in my OP because I believe it is objectively one of the most beautiful pieces of music there is.

Personally, I think you all are fine.

If you play it, they will win.

"How the ass pocket will be used, I do not know. Alls I know is, the ass pocket will be used." -The BoD

The Hallelujah Chorus is by far my most favorite part of Messiah. Brings tears to my eyes, no lie.

Best

Never Forget #1 Overall Seed UVA 54, #64 UMBC 74

My nomination for the best Christmas music is the entire musical score from the movie "Scrooge" with Albert Finney as Scrooge, especially "December the 25th" and "Thankyou Very Much."

While I was in Thailand serving my Vietnam tour in 1971, my Dad was run over and killed. This happened 10 days before my sister was to get married. I was able to come back for his funeral and my sisters wedding but had to go back to complete my tour. My Mom was left alone to raise two young daughters and son. She had to learn to drive, learn how to do all the things my Dad had done, and manage her grief.

This movie (Scrooge) came out that Christmas and gave her and my siblings a reason to laugh. Every year since then at the start of the Christmas season and Christmas morning, we (my Mom, my sisters, my brother, myself and our families) have watched Scrooge where ever we have been.

Ut Prosim Ad Dei Gloriam

Little St. Nick- Beach Boys

I Want a Hippopotamus- Gayla Peevey

If you want level-headed opinions, don't go on a message board or sports forums

I jokingly said above that the Muppets had the best Christmas song ever but that was really just a goof. The reality is I think my favourite Christmas song ever is The Carpenter's "home for the holidays" I truly believe that Karen Carpenter was the best female singer ever and I turn to to jelly every time I hear her sing.

My wife takes the kids and leaves the house while I watch my Hokie games.........nuff said

Bad: all of it
Especially bad: White Christmas, Chestnuts Roasting, It's Beginning to look a lot like Christmas

Heathen!

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The original Sufjan Stevens christmas albums get airplay throughout the year in my house.
A lot of quirky covers of traditional carols plus some great originals like:
that was the worst Christmas ever

sister winter

I am partial to

Get Behind Me, Santa!

Did I Make You Cry On Christmas Day? (Well, You Deserved It!)

Other albums that get major airplay during Christmas season are (not mentioned earlier in this thread):

Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings - It's A Holiday Soul Party

Kacey Musgraves - A Very Kacey Christmas

Surprised I haven't seen any mention of Brenda Lee's 'Rockin' around the Christmas Tree'.

My favorite Christmas song, hands down.

Worst is that Paul McCartney/Yoko Ono abomination, and I also can't stand the Bruce Springsteen 'live' version of Santa Claus is Coming to Town.

Step Into Christmas by Elton John is one I haven't seen mentioned that I typically enjoy.

VT Class of '12 (MSE), MVBone, Go Hokies!

There was a song that came across my spotify list called "Christmas in Hollywood" by the Hollywood Undead. Let's just say its not seasonally appropriate, R rated, and better hope it doesn't cycle through during your party

Whatever. It was one bad year.

Seasonal Brew means High ABV for football season and standard the rest of the year.

I can't believe this has not made the list..

Worst Christmas song ever:
Christmas Shoes - it sounds like it is sung by one of the creators of South Park. Not to mention it would be annoyingly depressing if not offset by the hilarity of how it is sung.

Runners Up:
Paul McCartney - Simply Having a Wonderful Christmas Time
Debbie Gibson - Sleigh Ride (good song - but hers is a special kind of awful, yet hilarious)

Best Christmas song(s):
Bing Crosby - Good King Wenceslas / Holly and the Ivy
Nat King Cole - Christmas Song / Oh come all ye faithful

Check out James Taylor's Jingle Bells. That'll fire up even the most jaded Christmas music loather.

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I'm surprised this hasn't been brought up yet....

which brought us this.....

If you're not sure if my comment warrants a "/s", it probably does.

Here's a new Christmas/Holiday song that I really like. You may know it if you have kids.

Heard this one today. Hilarious. Had forgotten it. Merry Christmas TKP!!

Pain is Temporary, Chicks Dig Scars
Glory is Forever, Let's Go Hokies!!

Best- Little Drummer Boy
Second Worst- Mary Did You Know?
Worst- Danger Zone by Kenny Loggins

Five star get after it 100 percent Juice Key-Playing. MAN

You are, well, remarkably consistent.
What's wrong with Mary Did You Know? I like the chord progressions and the feel of the song.
Either way, French, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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Mary Did You Know is, in my opinion, one of the best, if not THE best, of the modern Christmas songs. The first version I ever heard was a live performance by the songwriters, Mark Lowery and Buddy Green. Problem is, the only place I've ever found it is on an old Gaither Homecoming video (which I still haul out most every year just to hear their version). I don't they ever released it as an audio. But that version. . . hauntingly beautiful, and so obviously from the heart. I'm talking actual goosebumps here, every time I listen to it.

It's since been recorded and released by several artists, starting I think with Clay Aiken, and I just don't care for any of them. They all sound rushed, overproduced, too "hey what a great song let's beat every other pop-sounding artist to the airwaves with it!" for my liking. Now if I'd never heard that original version, maybe I'd feel differently. Everything else just pales in comparison.

"Tajh Boyd over the middle . . . and it's caught for an interception! Michael Cole, lying flat on his back, ARE YOU KIDDING???"