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Are these the most-hated Christmas songs ever?

This survey comes courtesy of YouGov which talked to 1,000 Americans. What Christmas songs did they find the most…problematic? These are the results with Eartha Kitt’s 1953 songs “Santa Baby” leading the way, followed by Elmo and Pasty’s “Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer” and every version of “I Sw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus.”

Paul McCartney’s “Wonderful Christmastime” grates, too. And then we hit George Michael, Mariah Carey, and whatever rendition of “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” that makes you cringe.

9.“Jingle Bells”
8.“Little Drummer Boy”
7.“Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”
6.“Mary Did You Know”
5. (three-way tie)“Baby, It’s Cold Outside”
5.“All I Want for Christmas is You”
5.“Last Christmas”
4.“Wonderful Christmastime”
3.“I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus”
2.“Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer”
1.“Santa Baby”

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3 thoughts on “Are these the most-hated Christmas songs ever?

  • For me, it’s Paul McCartney’s Wonderful Christmas Time or Vince Guaraldi Trio’s Christmas Time Is Here.

    I really, really dislike those.

  • Last Christmas?! That’s an all-time favorite of mine and there is never a shortage of artists to cover it each year. Keep the new versions coming!

    I get the hate for Grandma Got Run Over. I do. BUT, when that song came to prominence in the mid-80s. Whenever the video hit in like 1984… I’m 13 years old and that song is RIGHT UP MY ALLEY. So, now it’s something that can instantly take me back to times I cherish. Christmastime in the 80s. Those are some magical moments for me and this goofball track takes me back there every year. Hell, probably why I like Last Christmas so much too. I still love Do They Know It’s Christmas, same time period.

  • By the time that Christmas arrives, the Christmas music has been going on for months, and I don’t want to hear another one ever again. About the only Christmas song that I really like is the Trans Siberian Orchestra’s version of Carol of the Bells. If I never hear any of those songs on that list again, I won’t miss them.


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