6 Worst Annoying Christmas Songs Ever

Annoying Christmas Songs that Drive Me Crazy!!

Don’t get me wrong; I do like Christmas music. I have a large collection of CD’s, plus cassettes I can’t part with either. I even have the old records. I usually add to my collection with a new CD every year. Still, there are some Christmas songs that are just downright annoying. My family and I were just talking about this recently. The songs are either annoying because they’ve been played over and over FOREVER or because they’re just--have I mentioned yet--annoying!

the McKenzie Brothers--I have this record!

Twelve Days of Christmas

Really? Twelve days? Twelve repetitive days of Christmas. It’s no wonder that Bob and Doug McKenzie made a hit with their version of the Twelve Days of Christmas back in the 80s. Are you familiar with that one? I don't think they ever said what they had in mind for days 9 through 12, but here are the rest of the items they wanted for Christmas.

8 comic books

7 packs of smokes

6 packs of Tuborg (some kind of beer)

5 golden toques (hats)

4 pounds of back-bacon

3 French toasts

2 turtle-necks

And a beer…in a tree!

Cute, huh? It gave some new life to the tired twelve days of Christmas.

Annoying Carol of the Bells with Words

Carol of the Bells

Okay, I know some of you may disagree with this one. I’m here to say that almost every version of this song I’ve heard is incredibly annoying except for the instrumental versions. It's like the singers are trying to spout out the words a fast as they can. The words are almost tripping over themselves. I start feeling anxious and my blood pressure rises. Leave the words out, I say! Mannheim Steamroller does a beautiful rendition. Compare the versions with words and without.

Carol of the Bells: Just Leave Out the Words!

Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer

Elmo and Patsy (who are they?) came out with this song in 1979. I’ll admit that I thought it was funny when it came out. The first time. The second time was pushing it. After chuckling the first few times, this creation just becomes ugly and irritating.

I Want a Hippopotamus for Chirstmas

Holly Jolly Christmas by Burl Ives

Sorry, Mr. Ives. No disrespect intended. But how many times do I have to listen to this song? Really? This song is in the same category with the old "Jingle Bell Rock" classic. It's been played too much to be interesting anymore.

I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas

Really? A hippopotamus? How about a dog or a cat? A hamster in a cage? Even a zebra would be cool and could be kept in the backyard. But where are you going to put a hippopotamus? And the little girl’s voice just gets more annoying every time I hear that song.

Here Comes Santa Claus

Here Comes Santa Claus by Gene Autry

Maybe it’s because I’ve heard it thousands of times, or maybe it’s because it sounds like Farmer Brown singing “Here Comes Santy (or Sandy) Claus.” Listen to it. He can’t even pronounce the big red guy’s name right.


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Agree or Disagree with Mine? What Christmas Songs Drive You Crazy? 31 comments

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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

No not Grandma!!! I adore that song!!! The others I'm ok with:)

Great hub!:)


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anjperez 4 years ago

i agree with Sunshine. not grandma. not also i want a hippo. those are very funny songs....but i totally agree with 12 days of christmas... heller! i dont want to tend an animal farm during christmas. (,")


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homesteadbound 4 years ago from Texas

I do agree that some songs are overplayed, but I love them all. I think it is because I don't listen to the radio very often and if I am home alone I don't watch the TV or listen to music too often. So I don't hear them that much. But I found your selections interesting. Grandma got run over is a little borderline though. Like you said, it was cute at first.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Sunshine, I guess I've just heard it too much! :-)

anjperez--I like your word "heller." Yeah, no animal farm. haha. And it's such a looooooong song!


Leina 4 years ago

My top most irritating Christmas song is that one about the Christmas shoes. It exemplifies everything that is cynical and commercial about what should be a very special season by shamelessly pandering to the very lowest common denominator.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

homestead, I guess I have over-saturated myself with Christmas music over the years, and, interestingly enough, these particular songs are the ones that grate on me whenever I hear them. Maybe I'll be more in the mood for Christmas music in general next year, as I really haven't been this year. And perhaps even these won't irritate me. haha. Thanks for stopping by!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

I can only think of one that you missed "Feliz Navidad" that is the MOST irritating to me. My sister hates it too - so I sing just a few bars when something is annoying and she knows what I mean:) lol


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thejeffriestube 4 years ago from United States

Santa Baby. Hands down. When I hear it it makes me want to hit the next person I see. Which sometimes would be bad. Sometimes.


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ClassicMovieFan 4 years ago

Haha, I agree with the list. The Christmas Shoes comment was way off in my opinion. That has such a sweet story to it and is anything but cynical and commercial. You missed the point of the story. Anyway, great list.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Hi, Leina, and thanks for the comment. I've heard that said before about Christmas Shoes. However, I actually think it very pretty and sweet and that it's more about a boy's love for his mother and her special meeting with Jesus than about the commercialism. And the person who gives him the rest of the money for the shoes, I think that also shows a true giving spirit. Why spend all that money on some fancy shoes for a dying woman? It's not about the shoes; it's about the giving. At least that was my opinion. I appreciate your opinion and input.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

RealHousewife--I've heard other people say that about Feliz Navidad. Although I can see why people would feel that way, I guess I'm partial to it because I was a Spanish teacher and would teach it to my students. Also, I can pronounce all the words really well in Karaoke. haha. I'm a geek, I know! Good to see you!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

jeffries...Good one! Yeah, Santa Baby is pretty annoying. But don't hit anybody, please!!! :-) Good to see you!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

I agree, ClassicMovieFan! I guess everybody sees things differently. Thanks for stopping by and commenting again!! Merry Christmas!


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Deborah Brooks 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

lol.. Every-time Grandma got run over by a reindeer, my grandchildren look at me and I have to explain it is another grandmother.. so funny...

Love this HUB

MERRY CHRISTMAS


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks, Deborah. I'm sure that song can be confusing to chidren. haha. Glad you liked the hub!


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

I know others love it, but the one I don't like is 'The Little Drummer Boy'.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Will, to me it depends on who sings "The Little Drummer Boy." I've heard some really good ones, but some really boring ones, (and it can be long!) so I can see where you're coming from. Merry Christmas, WillStarr!


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Cogerson 4 years ago from Virginia

Excellent hub....when I was reading your hub, I realized that I have not heard...Grandma Got Runover By A Reindeer this year...I wonder if that means it is finally fading away after only 32 years....lol. Thanks for taking me down memory lane as I remember most of the songs from my childhood.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Gosh, Cogerson, how time flies! Your reminding me that the song has been aruond 32 years--unbelievable that it's been that long! Glad I could escort you down memory lane. Thanks for stopping by!


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epigramman 4 years ago

...normally I would have posted this fun/laugh riot to my Facebook page but I arrived here a little late and Christmas is over although I still enjoyed this immensely and apppreciate your research and passion on this one .... lake erie time ontario canada 5:44am


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Glad you enjoyed it, Epi. Better late than never, huh? Hope you and your feline buddies had a pleasant Christmas holiday. Happy New Year!


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

Hey Victoria - Love this hub and I have to agree 100%. I love "Carol of the Bells" and hate it when its destroyed by rediculous arrangements. Good topic to write about and voted up!

vocalcoach~


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brianlokker 4 years ago from Washington DC metro area

Well, I know Christmas is over (technically it's the 12th day, so I guess I'm in under the wire), but I had to put in my vote for Dominick the Christmas Donkey as the No. 1 Most Annoying Song of the season. I also hate Grandma. I wasn't familiar with the hippopotamus song, but now I hate that one too! I can take Holly Jolly Christmas the first couple of times I hear it (usually in early November) but by the 20th or 30th time, say around Thanksgiving week, I'm ready to heave-ho the mistletoe at old Mr. Ives. Great seasonal commentary, and "evergreen" too! Voted up, and funny.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Vocalcoach--I do like Carol of the Bells when it's done tastefully, but it is often done so annoyingly. It's like the singers are screaming it at ya! Thanks for the comments!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

brianlokker--I don't think I've heard Dominick the Christmas Donkey. I'll have to look it up on youtube. Glad you hate the hippo song along with me. haha. I'm with you about Holly Jolly Christmas. The first few times are okay, as I can picture Mr. Ives, and it IS a classic, afterall. But after that, when I'm hearing it daily, I am SICK to death of it. haha. Thanks for the great votes, comments, as well as the evergreen comment! Happy New Year!


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ssmith1534 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

Man...I must say I really enjoy I want a hippopotamus for Christmas... :-)


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

ssmith-- You can enjoy your hippopotamus. haha. That childish vibratto voice just irritates me, I guess. To each our own, huh? :-)


Manalto 2 years ago

Wholeheartedly agree with "Carol of the Bells." It seems designed to deliberately annoy with its monotony. Another one is John Lennon's, "So, This Is Christmas" which manages to both pander and condescend at the same time.


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Victoria Lynn 2 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Manalto--I have heard only a few Carol of the Bells that I liked somewhat. One is by Manneheim Steamroller. I do like Lennon's song all right, but it is way overplayed. Thanks for your comments! :-)


Manalto 2 years ago

Checked out MS's "Carol of the Bells" and some of their other Christmas songs and they're good; thanks for the recommendation. We'll have to agree to disagree on Lennon's product.


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Victoria Lynn 2 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Manalto--That's awesome that you liked MS! I think they're really good--nice to listen to. Yes, we can agree to disagree on Lennon's song. Nice talking with you. :-)

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