I know, I know, it's not Deember yet, but still it's holiday music time. You can't escape it. In the grocery store, at the doctor's office, at work — and you have probably already heard that one Christmas recording you absolutely, positively cannot stand.
Maybe it's something about the vocalist. Maybe the song brings up less than cheerful memories. Maybe the carol itself is just plain awful.
Whatever the reason, you're not alone. Edison Research, a company specializing in marketing and polling, has published a list of least liked holiday songs for 2012.
To compile its rankings, the company polled a group of 200 women ages 30-49 "who said they liked or loved hearing Christmas music on the radio." (The sample may be somewhat unrepresentative of the broader population, but we're willing to bet a few of these recordings would show up on a great many "least favorite" lists).
Coming in a regrettable first place was "Jingle Bells" by The Singing Dogs, a 1955 standard that many would rather relegate to the dustbin of musical history. Hot on its heels: "The Man With All The Toys" by The Beach Boys and "All I Want For Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth” by Spike Jones.
Find the full list of least-liked holiday recordings—along with links to YouTube versions—below:
- "Jingle Bells" barked by The Singing Dogs
- "The Man With All The Toys" performed by The Beach Boys
- "All I Want For Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth” sung by Spike Jones
- "Jingle Bells" by Barbra Streisand
- "Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer” performed by by Elmo & Patsy
- "O Holy Night” sung by Cartman (Trey Parker)
- "Blue Christmas” by Seymour Swine & The Squeelers
- "O Come, O Come Emmanuel” performed by Neil Diamond
- "Deck The Halls” sung by Mannheim Steamroller
- "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus” sung by Little Jimmy Boyd
What's your least favorite holiday song? Why? Let us know in the comments!