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The 12 Worst Christmas Songs: An Annoying Holiday Playlist

I have compiled a list of some really bad holiday songs. Try taking the party for a spin with one of these gems!

You might lose friends and family if any of these songs sneak their way on your playlist this holiday season.

You might lose friends and family if any of these songs sneak their way on your playlist this holiday season.

An Annoying Holiday Playlist

There are some holiday songs that really grate on me (you might call them grate holiday songs). Some have been so overplayed that I'm sick of them, and others I have simply outgrown. My list here is a conglomeration of traditional and contemporary songs. There are many more songs I dislike that I could have included, but we don't have all day.

12 Really Bad Holiday Songs

Holiday SongArtist


"Wonderful Christmas Time"

Paul McCartney and Wings


"Feliz Navidad"

Jose Feliciano


"Mele Kalikimaka"

Bing Crosby


"Little Drummer Boy"

Bing Crosby and David Bowie


"I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus"

Jackson 5


"Christmas Shoes"



"Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer"

Elmo & Patsy


"Christmas Song"

Alvin and the Chipmunks


"Jingle Bells"

Singing Dogs



Justin Beiber


"I Think You Might Like It"

John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John


"I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas"

Gayla Peevy

12. "Wonderful Christmas Time" by Paul McCartney

This one is such a disappointment. In fact, it is just plain lame, considering it comes from one of the greatest songwriters of all time. But then, when Paul and Linda started out together in their band called Wings, their quality of songs was completely substandard.

Paul McCartney could do a lot better than this, and what really bugs me is how much airtime it gets on the radio. Even our local Christian radio station. I simply do not listen to them this time of year.

11. "Feliz Navidad" by Jose Feliciano

If I was categorizing these, I would list this one as the most redundant. What bugs me about this song is that the same two phrases are sung over and over.

I mean, I get it already, "Feliz Navidad, I wanna wish you a Merry Christmas from the bottom of my heart." I'd like to tell Jose I wanna tell you to please stop singing from the bottom of my heart.

10. "Mele Kalikmaka" by Bing Crosby

I'm sorry, but tropical Christmas just doesn't float my boat. What's so funny about this song is that it is sung by the man who sang "I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas."

Also, I cannot hear this song without thinking about Chevy Chase in National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation. If you've seen the movie, it plays when Clark (Chase's character) is looking out the window and fantasizing about a bikini-clad woman at the swimming pool he hopes to get with the Christmas bonus (which he ends up not getting).

Anyway, it's a song that sounds like a Christmas environment I never want to be in.

9. "Little Drummer Boy" by Bing Crosby and David Bowie

This song has always irritated me. I just want to put a lid on the Pa rum pa pum pum-ing throughout the song. I came across this 1977 Bing Crosby Christmas special in which David Bowie was a guest. Together they did a duet of this song.

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There are a few minutes of them talking to each other, obviously scripted, then they go into the song. It's hokie, and Bowie singing with Bing, and singing a traditional Christmas song just seems like a paradox.

All that said, David Bowie does seem to convince me that he does have a decent voice. I just never liked his songs and the way he sang them. This just doesn't work for me, either.

8. "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus" by Jackson 5

I don't like any of the Jackson 5 Christmas songs. It was hard to decide between this one and "Santa Clause is Coming to Town." I chose this one for the dumb lyrics. The Jackson's would have done really well with the more sacred Christmas songs. But these dumb songs they did are like fingers on a chalkboard.

7. "Christmas Shoes" by Alabama

I need to take anti-nausea medication when I hear this song. Listening to it is like taking a nose dive into a vat of thick Karo syrup. Sappy, hokie, melodramatic, taking tugging on the heartstrings to a new dimension. The video is from Alabama, but Newsong is also well known for their rendition.

I know many people love this song, but this is my hub, and so I am putting it on my list. A big fat thumbs down. Alabama and/or New Song will not go to Vegas.

6. "Grandma Got Ran Over by a Reindeer" by Elmo and Patsy

The first time I heard this, I was quite amused. But the stupidness of it caught up with me quickly. I don't think I really need to elaborate. You are all intelligent human beings and can decide for yourself.

5. "Christmas Song" by Alvin and the Chipmunks

I loved this song when I was a kid; I, in fact, had this album. Then I had a son who was an Alvin and the Chipmunks fanatic (he's 33 now and has overcome). But I hear this so much, even on my local Christian radio station. Time to move on. Love Alvin and the guys, but we need to put this one to rest.

4. "Jingle Bells" by The Singing Dogs

First of all, I hate "Jingle Bells" no matter who sings it. But the canine rendition really takes the cake.

The only thing I ever liked about it was when we used to play it for our dog. Her ears would perk up in the alert stance, and she would look at the speakers and bark at them. Sometimes her head would cock to the side in utter bewilderment, and she'd start turning around in circles trying to figure out where the dogs were. Great entertainment for about 30 seconds.

3. "Mistletoe" by Justin Bieber

Consider the source with this one. It was sung when Beibs was more well behaved. This song is so anemic, it's almost like he was singing it under nitrous oxide. There is very little detectable tune or melody, and the lyrics are really bad. He's trying to blend Christmas and romance, which in my book, rarely works. I'm sorry Beib, but get out from underneath the mistletoe and go have some eggnog.

2. "I Think You Might Like It" by John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John

This song was mistitled - it should be called "I Think You Might Hate It." It is a newer holiday song, which is about as Christmasy and enjoyable as an ingrown toenail. But what do you expect from John and Olivia?

It should be a major embarrassment for both of them. It's really, really bad. It's a mixture of sugar and spice and redneck rubbish. And the little bit of dancing is...well, see for yourself.'s just awful.

1. "I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas" by Gayla Peevy

Not many people have heard this song, but it's been around a long, long time. Gayla Peevy, the girl that sings this utterly ridiculous and repulsive song, made her debut on the Ed Sullivan Show. What was he thinking? Wait until you hear his intro.

The worst thing of all is this young lady's whiny, nasally voice, another chalkboard scratcher. I would rather have gallstones than spend Christmas listening to Miss Peevy singing about hippos for Christmas. Oh, and Miss Peevy, this is no stain on your character. I am sure you were a sweet girl.

© 2012 Lori Colbo


Lori Colbo (author) from United States on April 22, 2013:

I am not a fan of Christmas music either. Thanks for stopping by. Merry Christmas Jeannie.

Jeannie Marie from Baltimore, MD on April 22, 2013:

Sure it is not Christmas, but this about the only time of year I can tolerate talking about Christmas music since it all tends to get on my nerves. :-) You are right... some of these songs are truly awful! I personally can't stand "Santa Baby" and that would definitely make it on my list. Thanks for sharing your list with us!

Lori Colbo (author) from United States on December 14, 2012:

Hello LG, The thing with the Chipmunks is that I have just heard it too much over the years. But the chipmunks we always be dear to my heart.

William Kovacic from Pleasant Gap, PA on December 14, 2012:

Come on LS. You don't like Alvin and the Chipmunks! Well, I guess I see your point. I never really thought about how bad a Christmas song can be. Thanks for the enlightenment. Voted up!

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