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Nataku

Don't know if this is what it's called but it starts "Last Christmas I gave you my heart, the very next day you gave it away." It makes me want to punch babies, drown kittens, and torture puppies. (And I'm not a violent person) Usually I settle for making up new lyrics for it in my head while it's playing regarding the same. Or making it about me wanting to stab myself in the eardrums so I wouldn't have to listen to it anymore.

The Singing Library Clerk

Obviously there's no Christmas music at the library. And since last year we're not even allowed to decorate for Christmas. Just "generic winter." (I'd love to point out to the person who complained that the Christmas tree isn't Christian in origin. And anyway, we used it to hang the Angel and Senior Santa tags - tags to encourage people to donate gifts for kids up to age 18 or senior citizens who don't have family. Those ones are the saddest ones cause they're always asking for slippers, electric blankets, gift certificates for food, etc.)

ANYWAY, like Nataku I HATE that song with a burning passion. Worse, I think the version I heard was sung by that twit, Adam Lambert, which makes me hate it all the more. I despise all American Idol morons. But him most of all because he's so trashy. Even trashier than Miley Cyrus. (Course it might not have been him but it sounded like him.)

Then there's Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer. Grr! The Christmas Shoes.

Pretty much any Christmas song by any artist discovered after 1979. Especially if they've written new stuff. I like the old songs or new songs by older artists. Like Barry Manilow or Neil Diamond. Cause they don't need autotune and their songs aren't repetitive to the point you're ready to go back in time and kill Jesus sooner just put an end to the torture.

Funny story - Christmas 2012 I bought special tickets that let me go backstage before Barry's Christmas show. 100% of the money goes to charity. Most of the time the platinum packages goes to his charity, The Manilow Music Fund - what they do is buy and repair musical instruments and gives them to schools who are about to lose their music programs due to lack of funding. It's saved a LOT of music programs. But that night it was going to Barbara Sinatra's charity which helps children who are being neglected or abused.

Anyway, there we all are in the room. All the people separated so they could have a few minutes with Barry by themselves. The woman before me happened to be Jewish and was throwing a fit before hand because of the Christmas decorations. Then when Barry got to her I could hear her lecturing him cause of him singing Christmas songs and doing a Christmas concert. You could say she was being a crusty. She paid $1,500 just to put down Barry Manilow for singing Christmas songs when he's Jewish. But he remained calm and polite and posed for a picture with her. Then he rushed over to me as fast as he could.

So later on on stage he made a point to have his background singer, Ky, come over and say to him, "For a Jewish boy you sure sing a lot of Christmas songs."

Barry replied, "That's because I love Christmas!" And went on about how people are and how they aren't shouting and by this point he was acting so excited he was shouting.

Anyway, goes to show you, just cause you're famous doesn't mean you don't get crusties too.

Hellraiser

"Santa Baby" I know it's supposed to be flirty or whatever, but of all the pathetic, whiny, annoying, spoiled little bitchessas. That song makes me want to set fire to the stereo.

elle

That terrible terrible Christmas Shoesvsing by Newsong. What a load of faux sentimental claptrap...

Reliable Slave

All of them. Every. Single. One.

My store starts the Christmas music before Thanksgiving (it's coming.... any day now...) and keeps going until AFTER New Year's! Six F***ING WEEKS of it! NONSTOP!

But I digress...

To answer Without Nametag's question, the three Christmas songs that grind my gears the most are, in reverse order:

3. It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas. No. No it's not. It's F***ING THANKSGIVING!!!!

2. It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year. We've all worked in retail. We know it's not, because there's nothing like tidings of comfort and joy, peace on earth, and goodwill towards men to bring out the absolute worst in people.

1. Santa Baby. For all the same reasons Hellraiser said, plus the fact that it sounds like the singer is hitting on Santa. That and the first time I heard it, it was being sung by Anna Nichole Smith in a TV commercial. As a result, I forever associate it with her, so it makes me want to stab my eyes out with a fork.

KarussellMalerin

..I've come to hate any Christmas songs with lyrics unless they're the traditional carols sung by choirs or singers who don't try to modernize it. My store plays these.. horrid renditions of songs by people I don't recognize.. and who aren't any good. Like 1940s b-list singers.. They don't feel Christmasy at all.

I also hate the huge focus on Christmas. I was raised Christian but grew into an Agnostic as I got older and I *LOVE* other holiday traditions at this time of season. Why does it always have to be Christmas? Can't we who just want to celebrate the beauty of winter get a little love? And yes, I don't necessarily wish strangers a Merry Christmas or a Happy Holidays - I don't know your personal beliefs, but if you wish me a Happy Hanukkah, a Merry Christmas, a Joyous Yule.. whatever.. I will wish you the same because a Good thought, a good wish, a good prayer, is better than nothing in my books. :) Love all around for everyone and anyone's good, positive beliefs. :D

Give me Trans-Siberian Orchestra and Mannheim Steamroller any day. I know those two groups go against what I just said but they compose original tunes and, I feel, preform the classics with respect and beauty. One of my fondest memories is waking up on a December Saturday to my Dad playing Mannheim's "Angels We Have Heard on High" while he'd be in the basement tinkering.

Terah

If it's not Carol of the Bells, I can't stand it.

We play the 50s-60s Christmas music all season long until it makes me want to commit unspeakable acts on that poor radio.

The Singing Library Clerk

Santa Baby is my favorite song to sing so I always feel the need to defend it.

Course I did hear one awful version of it - sung by a guy. I'm sorry, there are some songs that are gender specific. In that some should only be sung by men and some should ONLY be sung by women. Period. Great Balls Of Fire does not sound good out of a woman's mouth, Santa Baby is strictly a woman's song and men should leave it alone.

I think part of the problem is those who sing it sing it like they're being seductive. It works better if you sing it like a movie gun moll. Think of her sitting there writing a letter to Santa while popping her gum. Also they always cut out the opening lyrics which goes - "Mr. Claus I feel as though I know ya! So you won't mind if I should get familia, will ya?"

They don't always sing all the lyrics, they just sing the first part over and then tag on the end of the second lyric. Making it very repetitive and boring. They'll repeat the part about the car for instance instead of singing about the platinum mine and the duplex.

Yes, the song is very materialistic but when done right it's very fun.

Course I'm biased because I love singing it. I just have so much fun doing it. And yes, I do it like a gun moll, not seductive, but silly.

SilverStar

Thankfully I work security (and not in a mall), so I'm mostly spared the onslaught. My mom likes to pop in a CD every year with classic Christmas songs all in instrumental jazz to play while cleaning the house, which isn't bad. However, four years ago my first job after leaving the military was a seasonal position at a retail store in the mall. Second the dislike for Santa Baby, that one and The Christmas Shoes always drove me nuts.

On the other hand, my favorite (which I never hear anywhere) would have to be Dolly Parton's Hard Candy Christmas. Such a nice song, one of the few I can listen to over and over.

Without Nametag

Nataku and SLC - you guys are thinking of "Last Christmas" by Wham!, which I know doesn't ease your pain any, but at least you know what to call it when you complain, right? ;)
SLC - I also kind of like Santa Baby, but only if done by Eartha Kitt. And the version you're thinking of that I also hate was done by John Mellencamp. WTF, John? Who told you a cover of that song would be a good idea?
You guys reminded me of two other songs I hate:
- "A Few Of My Favorite Things" from The Sound of Music. NOT A FUCKING CHRISTMAS SONG! Stop playing it at Christmas-time!
- The teen section in the BRS also played auto-tunes and remixed hip-hop versions of classic songs by Bing Crosby. WHAT? WHY ARE YOU FUCKING WITH GOOD SONGS? Any time I heard the opening of "Sleigh-belllls, sleigh-sleigh-sleigh sleigh-bellllls" I wanted to stab myself and custy within arm's-length.
Really, you would think that these companies would want to protect their customers better by not agitating their already wound-up employees.

NC Tony

Without Nametag hit one I hate and that's the hip-hop versions of Bing Crosby songs. I think the same thing "Who ruined this song?".

Instead of stating the Christmas songs I hate, I'll state the Christmas songs I actually like.

Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer (I know, I know, but there's just something about that song)
The Night Santa Went Crazy and Christmas at Ground Zero by Weird Al
XM@$ by Corey Taylor (the lead singer of Stone Sour and Slipknot), if you've never heard this one, look it up on YouTube, but not if you're at work at the lyrics are VERY NSFW.
And The Christmas Song by Nat King Cole. ONLY the Nat King Cole version, because it's the one song that reminds me of when I was a kid.

All the other Christmas songs (especially the ones I have to listen to at work) can go the way of the dinosaurs.

Glitterslinger

I can't stand, "We need a little Christmas." I've only ever heard it sung by a boys' choir, and childrens' choirs done all in soprano grate on my ears. That, and "Little Drummer Boy." Not sure why, but the "Par-ump-pah-pah-pah" just grates on my nerves. I'm with Without Nametag on "My Favorite Things." I think corporate execs heard, "brown paper packages tied up with string," and thought, "let's get people to buy gifts with this song!"

I don't mind modern interpretations of Christmas songs as long as they're done well. Destiny's Child did one of "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer," that doesn't make me want to run screaming into the night. My favorite carol, though, is "Silent Night," sung by a choir with no accompaniment.

DJ

I will say that my work is pretty good about not blasting Christmas music until Christmas. Then again I work in a nursery at a church. My stint in retail has made me hate Christmas people more than the music. It seems all those little girls growing up with Santa Baby took the entitlement to heart.

I saw a woman rip a PS4 out of a kid's hand and then call him a loser. She got removed by security but not before throwing the console on the ground.

This was done while Rudolf the Red Nosed REINDEERS played.

SONGS I HATE:
1. I'll be home for Christmas.
2. Jiggle around the clock
3. Oh holy night

and most other songs.

Z

I love Christmas songs, well most of the more traditional ones. However, I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas makes my skin crawl for some reason and Santa Baby just makes me want to smack the singer for creeping me out.

Madrias

About the only Christmas/Winter song I can stand is Greensleeves. I've got odd tastes, but it's one of those songs that just calms the wild side of me.

Headcase

BF has banned "White Christmas" in our house. It's his stepfather's favourite, so every year it's put on repeat. I don't blame BF since I'm not a huge fan either. It's slow, it's mournful, and where I live, Christmas is right in the middle of summer.

Nikki

Winter Wonderland. Dear Lord do I hate Winter Wonderland.

And of course the good old daterape anthem of Baby It's Cold. (Gosh, isn't the part where she gets suspicious and asks what's in the drink and he responds by steering the conversation away charming?)

Chicajojobe

Christmas Wrapping was my favorite my Christmas in retail because it was a little bit bitter and I related.

I hate the kiddie singing songs. I Want A Hippopotamus for Christmas, All I Want For Christmas is My Two Front Teeth, I'm Gettin Nothing for Christmas, etc.
Also, I usually am not to fond of Santa Baby because the stores seem to choose the absolute worst version ever made to play.

Oblivious Hoodie

"Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree"

I have no idea why that song sets me on edge, but it has long been a song to cause me to grind my teeth.

Bored at the Bookstore

I'll cast my vote for "The Christmas Shoes". Horrible, horrible, sad little song. I want music that makes me happy, goldurn it!

Without Nametag

Ugh, I almost forgot! "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus" by the Jackson 5. There's this part where tiny Michael exclaims "I did! I really DID see Mommy kissing Santa Claus! And I'm gonna tell my dad!"
Fucking tattle-tale. Your dad doesn't give a shit about Mommy kissing Santa Claus. He'd probably be thrilled if she gave him a reach-around.

Minidoc

"I'll be home for Christmas", "Blue Christmas," and "I saw Mommy kissing Santa Claus" are my three. There is no music, Christmas or otherwise, where I work so I am at least spared that.

Nataku

In terms of Christmas music I love, anything on the John Denver and the Muppets CD. With the exception of the one about the tree because it's not really a song and I think it's kind of dumb. When I was little, we'd decorate the tree (dad'd do the lights, mom, my sis and I would do the ornaments), and then we'd turn all the lights off except for the tree and just sit for awhile. All while that CD played in the background. It was always so pretty and my favorite part of Christmas. Haven't been able to do it for years now, sadly. But anyway, because of the good memories associated and because I've also never heard it at a retail location, I love it. Heck, I have been known to listen to it in July because I like it so much. >_>

Reliable Slave

Forgot one:

Hey Santa!

Much as I loathe the aforementioned song, Hey Santa! is enough to send me into a homicidal rage. I hate it with the burning passion of a thousand suns. Whoever sang, wrote, directed, produced, or worked on it in any way shape or form, no matter how insignificant, should be drug out into the street and run over with a steamroller. Slowly. Feet first.

Led Lawless

I always loved Louis Armstrong's "Zat You, Santy Claus?" Also, when I was growing up, we had a local equivalent of Dr. Demento, and the Christmas shows were always fun.

Spider

Just about all of them suck, really. When it gets close to Christmas, the radio station I listen to switches over to being about 90% Christmas songs and 10% classic stuff. There's only one Christmas song I can stand, and that's "How To Make Gravy" by Paul Kelly.

Liz

Most of my favorite Christmas songs are the sacred ones rather than secular ones (O Holy Night, O Come All Ye Faithful, Silent Night, etc.), so they don't have a lot of airplay in public places. BUT my least favorites:

"Baby It's Cold Outside" - also known as the Rape O'Clock song. DUDE. SHE'S READY TO LEAVE AND SHE'S JUST NOT THAT INTO YOU. ROOFIES ARE NOT THE SOLUTION. IF YOU'RE SO WORRIED ABOUT HER GETTING HOME SAFELY, CALL HER A TAXI.

"My Favorite Things" - just because it mentions snowflakes does not make it a flipping Christmas song.

And I'll second "We Need A Little Christmas." No. No we fucking don't. We need a living wage, universal healthcare, and humane treatment.

Luckily, at my restaurant I'm behind the counter at cashier 99% of the time, and with all the noise in the kitchen and on the line and buzz of customers talking amongst themselves I can't really hear the music unless I go into the dining room. When I worked retail a few years ago, the CD corporate had given us had the same ten or fifteen songs picked out but different renditions. Thankfully I am gifted at tuning out background noise.

Nocturnesthesia

I hate every Christmas song, with the exception of Mariah Carey's All I Want for Christmas is you, and South Park Merry fuckin' Christmas if that counts. The worst ones are probably the most catchy: Rockin' around the Christmas tree, Santa Baby, My Favorite Things, Most Wonderful Time of the Year, and I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Clause. Oh yeah and I hate Baby It's Cold Outside on principle.

TechNoLogic

All of them. Drilling a hole in my skull would be less annoying than listening to Christmas music.

The only ones I like tend to be ones from cartoon Christmas specials... Invader Zim, Futurama, Family Guy, etc.

RainbowSmite

Most Christmas songs are hateful monstrous earworms. But there's a few that don't completely bite.

"Weird Al" - Christmas at Ground Zero
Bob Rivers - The Restroom Door Said Gentleman
Tom Leher - A Christmas Carol
Tom Smith - Oh Yog Sototh

And...
Everything on "A Very Scary Solstice" and "An Even Scarier Solstice" by the H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society

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