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WORST HOLIDAY SONGS (Streisand at #4, just behind the "Jingle Bells" dogs)
NY Post ^ | December 7, 2004 | JOHN MAINELLI

Posted on 12/08/2004 8:50:15 AM PST by presidio9

EVER been driven up the chimney by a Christmas song that you really, really hate? New Jersey researchers have named the six worst Christmas songs of all time, as picked by holiday-music fans who were asked to rate more than 600 yule tunes.

The biggest lump of coal goes to "O Holy Night" as sung by the foul-mouthed Cartman from "South Park," according to Edison Media Research.

Close behind are Seymour Swine & the Squealers' butchered "Blue Christmas," "Jingle Bells" by The Singing Dogs and, separately, Barbra Streisand — and "12 Days of Guido Christmas" by the Ha Ya Doin' Boys.

"We play — very lightly — the Barbra Streisand version of 'Jingle Bells' because she's got a following in New York," says Jim Ryan, programmer of top-rated Lite FM (WLTW/106.7).

"People tend not to like it because it's a really fast, up-tempo version of 'Jingle Bells' — almost like she did it as a goof," Ryan told The Post.

WPLJ (95.5 FM) music director Tony Mascaro says his research turned up a sixth song that listeners can't stand: Elmo & Patsy's "Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer."

(Excerpt) Read more at nypost.com ...


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To: presidio9

Wasn't that "Christmas Wrapping" by the Waitresses?


151 posted on 12/08/2004 10:04:02 AM PST by MrLee
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To: cyclotic
"Oh, you better watch out, you better not cry, you better not pout I'm tellin you why...Santa Claus is DEAD!"


152 posted on 12/08/2004 10:04:21 AM PST by Hatteras
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To: presidio9
"Merry Christmas" by the waitresses

Oh. My. God. I think I had blocked that one out because it's so awful.

153 posted on 12/08/2004 10:05:10 AM PST by retrokitten (Do you want to hear the horrifying truth or see me hit a few zingers??)
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To: Alouette

Actually it all wears on me by [about] the 24th.


154 posted on 12/08/2004 10:05:56 AM PST by fritzz (Even if you are on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there." Will Rogers)
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To: presidio9

What -- nobody's mentioned The Ventures' version of Sleigh Ride?

(ok, so it's my favorite... I'm sure somebody hates it...)


155 posted on 12/08/2004 10:07:00 AM PST by DJ Frisat (Hand me the duct tape before my head explodes...)
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To: MrLee
Wasn't that "Christmas Wrapping" by the Waitresses?

If you say so. Either way, its just plain annoying.

156 posted on 12/08/2004 10:07:08 AM PST by presidio9 (Islam is as Islam does)
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To: Nowhere Man
Let's see, songs I like a lot are the ones form the "Charlie Brown Christmas Special." A side note, everytime Linus reads from the Bible about the true meaning of Christmas in the auditorium, I get a tingle in my spine and a warm feeling in my heart.

I agree 1000%! It doesnt feel like the Christmas season until I have seen it. I have been playing the soundtrack all the time since I (finally) got it. Guaraldi had a knack for capturing a mood.

157 posted on 12/08/2004 10:07:28 AM PST by CharlieOK1 (4 more years!!)
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To: VRWCmember
I have to give Streisand one thing, though: she helped me win an argument at an old job.
I had a cd-player in the bottom drawer, which was kept open only slightly, so only I could hear it. In December, the Christmas tunes came out -- and I had many of them.

Only once did someone complain that the music was disturbing them in another cubicle, which resulted in a smile, an apology and turning the music down slightly. But no one ever complained on religious grounds. A good thing, too, because I was ready for the them. I had Streisand's and Mannilow's CD in waiting (actually, in my wife's collection at home where I would have borrowed them from).

I was ready to respond: but they're *Jewish* Christmas tunes. And let me add this: Mannilow was more of a Winter Wonderland kind of guy, but Striesand goes straight for "Ave, Maria".

Annoying songs would have to include Mariah Carey's "Joy to the World" from her Christmas album. He covered the Three Dog Night version. (I am NOT making this up.)

TS

158 posted on 12/08/2004 10:07:47 AM PST by Tanniker Smith (Random Childhood Memory #13: "No, the 18-hour bra is on Jane Russell."(Counting to 40))
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To: JCEccles

The real Christmas message isn't just being purged from music, it's being purged from the stores. A few years ago I noticed that Santa Claus figures were being transformed into New Age wizard-type characters, with half-moons on his hat etc. And it's hard to find Christmas cards with a religious them in many stores, and I noticed this year that Fred Meyer stores (large West Coast chain) don't have nativity sets for sale.


159 posted on 12/08/2004 10:08:23 AM PST by Steve_Seattle
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To: retrokitten

WPLJ in NY switched to an all-Christmas format the day after Thanksgiving and the play it constantly.


160 posted on 12/08/2004 10:08:28 AM PST by presidio9 (Islam is as Islam does)
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To: Tanniker Smith

She's only making them because there are idiots who will buy them.

162 posted on 12/08/2004 10:10:58 AM PST by presidio9 (Islam is as Islam does)
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To: presidio9

Thanks guys, thanks to this thread, I'm now humming non-stop "Simply Havin' A Wonderful Christmas Time".


164 posted on 12/08/2004 10:11:41 AM PST by Ciexyz (I use the term Blue Cities, not Blue States. PA is red except for Philly, Pgh & Erie.)
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To: presidio9

I always thought the Dogs were better than the Nose.


165 posted on 12/08/2004 10:13:37 AM PST by Smokin' Joe (I'm from North Dakota and I'm all FOR Global Warming! Bring it ON!)
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To: Tanniker Smith

Song list from "A Christmas Album," by B. Streisand.

1. Jingle Bells Listen Listen
2. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
3. Christmas Song
4. White Christmas
5. My Favorite Things
6. Best Gift Listen
7. Sleep in Heavenly in Peace (Silent Night)
8. Gounod's Ave Maria
9. O Little Town of Bethlehem
10. I Wonder as I Wander
11. Lord's Prayer Listen

(the Lord's Prayer? You have GOT to be kidding me!)


166 posted on 12/08/2004 10:13:50 AM PST by presidio9 (Islam is as Islam does)
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To: VRWCmember

Why did you have to mention that awful, awful song?!?!?!? Now I've got it running in my head. ARRRRGGGGG!!!!


167 posted on 12/08/2004 10:14:51 AM PST by Flying Circus
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To: Alouette
This is something I posted over at the canteen. Hope it's appropriate.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1296647/posts?page=269#269

168 posted on 12/08/2004 10:14:54 AM PST by fritzz (Even if you are on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there." Will Rogers)
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To: JCEccles
Now all that's left is the profane and silly stuff lest our quiet, dignified cultural celebration offend atheists and other Christophobe liberals.

Personally, I don't give a hoot if I offend any of them, but I do understand what you are saying.

I am by far not so naive as to not see it happening, but am fortunate in that so far it seems to have totally missed this small corner of the world I call home. There are nativity scenes all over, not just on private property and church property but on town and county properties as well. People wish others Merry Christmas and the towns hold Christmas parades. And there is still carolling in the town "squares."

169 posted on 12/08/2004 10:15:14 AM PST by Gabz
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Streisand prays in the words Our Saviour taught us...
170 posted on 12/08/2004 10:16:13 AM PST by presidio9 (Islam is as Islam does)
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To: presidio9
I'll one-up you: Madonna's version of Santa Baby.

I can't better that one.

171 posted on 12/08/2004 10:16:53 AM PST by fritzz (Even if you are on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there." Will Rogers)
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To: FrankWild
"Mariah Carey can really screw up a song with her oversinging."

Oversinging and overinterpretation is a real occupational hazard for singers. My old hero Eric Burdon (The Animals) started out with a terse, meat-and-potatoes delivery, puncuated with his brilliant shouts and exclamations. Then he gradually became a "song stylist" (e.g., "baby" becomes "bay-bee-uh"), and now he's terrible in my opinion.
172 posted on 12/08/2004 10:17:20 AM PST by Steve_Seattle
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To: fritzz

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1296647/posts?page=269#269

That's better.


173 posted on 12/08/2004 10:19:26 AM PST by fritzz (Even if you are on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there." Will Rogers)
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To: presidio9
I'd have to vote "Christmas at Ground Zero" by Wierd Al Yankovick my favorite humorous Christmas song.

When it comes to serious stuff, give me Handel's Messiah over just about anything else written in the last 300 years.
174 posted on 12/08/2004 10:20:09 AM PST by Antoninus (Santorum in '08)
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To: presidio9
The biggest lump of coal goes to "O Holy Night" as sung by the foul-mouthed Cartman from "South Park," according to Edison Media Research

HEY! That's one of my favorites. Especially where Garrison says "now we'll do the French words."

175 posted on 12/08/2004 10:22:06 AM PST by from occupied ga (Your government is your most dangerous enemy, and Bush is no conservative)
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To: FrankWild
Sir Paul has had many lousy whoppers- Maxwell's Silver Hammer, Why Don't We Do It In the Road?, Fixing a Hole, Silly Love Songs, Let 'em In, The Dog Face Girl is Mine (with the Earth's favorite child molester, Michael Jackson), Ebony and Ivory (with Little Stevie Wonder), and that dreadful Christmas song already mentioned. Frankly, I hate Let it Be, Michelle, and The Long and Winding Road too but I'm sure I'm in a minority.

Ain't it the truth. For every "Maybe I'm Amazed," there were three "C-Moons."
176 posted on 12/08/2004 10:22:31 AM PST by Antoninus (Santorum in '08)
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To: Zack Nguyen; retrokitten

Another line in that song..."Do they know it's Christmas time at all?"

Hmm...Probably not since the little starving Ethiopian childern are largely NOT Christian. Worst. Song. Ever.


177 posted on 12/08/2004 10:22:42 AM PST by Hoodlum91
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To: Recovering Hermit

One of the funniest! Actually, that whole album is pretty funny. Isn't "Teddy the Red-Nosed Senator" on that?


178 posted on 12/08/2004 10:24:11 AM PST by Hoodlum91
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To: presidio9
The worst by far is that one song that has all those 80's singers in it. I cannot think of the name, but every time I hear it.... It gives me a head ache and makes me want to barf. It is such a touchy, feelie, cat loving, bed wetting tune. Oh gosh I hate it. I believe Michael Jackson, Sting, and the Boss are some of the singers. I know you know what I am talking about. They are all singing together in a chorus. Boy I cannot stand that song.
179 posted on 12/08/2004 10:24:18 AM PST by Sprite518
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To: Hoodlum91; Recovering Hermit

The following is from "I AM SANTA CLAUS" by Bob Rivers & Twisted Radio.

Teddy the red-nosed senator
Had a very shiny car
And if you ever saw it
You were probably at a bar.
All of the other senators
Wondered how he got his dames
They thought he drank too many
To play in any bedroom games.
Then one foggy Christmas Eve,
Santa came to say:
"Teddy with your nose so red,
Won't you help me guide my sled?"
That's how the police found them
Wrapped around a maple tree
Teddy the red-nosed senator
He's a drunken S.O.B.


180 posted on 12/08/2004 10:26:16 AM PST by Hoodlum91
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To: mom3boys

Ah, another classic. :)


181 posted on 12/08/2004 10:27:29 AM PST by CougarGA7 (Is it ignorance or apathy....I don't know and I don't care.)
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To: VRWCmember

XM Radio Channel 83 is playing all these cheesy songs.

Very Brady Christmas, followed by Bonanza cast Christmas, then a dog bark song, and cat song, and a bunch of other losers.

Some of them are funny though.


182 posted on 12/08/2004 10:28:44 AM PST by BurbankKarl
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To: FrankWild
"...I'm sure I'm in a minority."

Perhaps, but you're not alone. I've never liked the Beatles, and never understood what all the hype was about. Maybe I'm just too young, but they've always sucked, IMHO.

Scouts Out! Cavalry Ho!

183 posted on 12/08/2004 10:29:24 AM PST by wku man (Breathe...Relax...Aim...Squeeze...Smile!)
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To: Hatteras

That one's on "More Twisted Christmas"....I need to go get that one.


184 posted on 12/08/2004 10:29:53 AM PST by CougarGA7 (Is it ignorance or apathy....I don't know and I don't care.)
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To: Hatteras
When I think "worst" Christmas songs, John & Yoko come to mind immediately.

That was Yoko?

I thought Paul McCartney had a leg cramp!

185 posted on 12/08/2004 10:31:13 AM PST by Dashing Dasher (Because I fly, I envy no (wo)man on earth. - Anon)
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To: Hoodlum91

ROFLMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!

that is hilarious.


186 posted on 12/08/2004 10:31:21 AM PST by Gabz
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To: All
Thank you so much. I'd managed to grow scar tissue over the synapses that held the Madonna abomination and the Chipmunks desecration, and have managed to avoid "Grandma Got Run Over" this year. Now the stuff is ringing through my head like rocks in a beercan.

It's repetition that does it, I think. There was a year when just one more version of "Little Drummer Boy" would have put me over the edge, but this year it's "Jingle Bell Rock" that has me reaching for my semiautomatic bazooka. If there's a mass mall slaying in northern Idaho I don't think any jury would convict me.

187 posted on 12/08/2004 10:32:57 AM PST by Billthedrill
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To: Ciexyz
Thanks guys, thanks to this thread, I'm now humming non-stop "Simply Havin' A Wonderful Christmas Time".

One of my favorite Christmas songs

188 posted on 12/08/2004 10:35:04 AM PST by mjp
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To: Sprite518

I think you mean "We Are the World". I never associated that as being a Christmas song, but our non-stop Christmas radio station has has been playing it alot.


189 posted on 12/08/2004 10:38:35 AM PST by retrokitten (Do you want to hear the horrifying truth or see me hit a few zingers??)
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To: Hatteras

Awesome. I'll have to send it home to the kids.

No, I'm not a sadist, we never taught them the Santa scam. Ain't nobody but mom and dad responsible for Christmas in our house.


190 posted on 12/08/2004 10:38:47 AM PST by cyclotic (Cub Scouts-Teach 'em young to be men, and politically incorrect in the process)
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To: presidio9
Since we're kvetching, it's gotten to be such a cash cow for the poor suffering recording industry (losing $7 billion per year to criminal downloaders!) that brand new pop stars (now often called 'country singers' for some odd reason), put out an Xmas album the first year they're (the pop singers) come out of the assembly line and are introduced to the gullible public. And the old stars record their second and third Xmas albums as if they hadn't tortured us enough by their first record. Hurry hurry, get your Xmas albums by Gretchen Wilson and Big & Rich before they're dumped to the cutout bin!

Incidentally, Chris Isaak has his first Christmas album out this year, which is receiving positive reviews, and on which he returns to channeling Roy Orbison(Pretty Paper) and the King (Bloo Xmas).

191 posted on 12/08/2004 10:40:02 AM PST by Revolting cat! (//?/)
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To: Gabz

It's always a favorite in my parents' Massachusetts household!


192 posted on 12/08/2004 10:46:13 AM PST by Hoodlum91
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To: Billthedrill

Last year I downloaded every version of Sleigh Ride I could find and put them on the same CD.

Sadly, I was actually listening the other day and enjoying the different versions. Cool thing is that I put the disk on at a party and nobody notices that it's all the same song.


193 posted on 12/08/2004 10:47:35 AM PST by cyclotic (Cub Scouts-Teach 'em young to be men, and politically incorrect in the process)
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To: Gabz

Here's one of the verses:

Carve the turkey turn the ball game on
Mix Margaritas when the eggnog's gone
Send somebody to the Quik-Pak store
We need some ice and an extension cord
A can of bean dip and some Diet Rite
A box of pampers , some Marlboro Lights
Hallelujah everybody say cheese
Merry Christmas from the family


194 posted on 12/08/2004 10:50:14 AM PST by DeFault User
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To: presidio9

Has anyone mentioned "Leroy the red-necked reindeer?"


195 posted on 12/08/2004 10:56:35 AM PST by Drawsing (Congress doesn't need to see the light...they just need to feel the heat..Ronald Reagan)
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To: presidio9
I love Bing Crosby

but if I ever hear the "Litle Drummer Boy" duet again...
pa-rum-pa-pa-pum!
196 posted on 12/08/2004 11:02:55 AM PST by evets (God bless president George W. Bush)
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To: presidio9

Grandma got run over by a reindeer, is cute. I find it humorous, but I can see why some people don't like it.


197 posted on 12/08/2004 11:04:20 AM PST by television is just wrong (Our sympathies are misguided with illegal aliens.)
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To: presidio9

190+ posts and nobody has yet mentioned Red Sobine (sp?)

He reads to music the worlds most depressing Christmas story.

Synopsis: A very poor child from a broken home, who has been constanly told how worthless he is, tells Santa his story, asks Santa to ask Jesus if the boy can look in to heaven. And then the boy dies in Santa's lap...


198 posted on 12/08/2004 11:07:54 AM PST by GreenLanternCorps (Who Dey! Who Dey! Who Dey Think Gonna Beat Dem Bengals!)
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To: retrokitten

No that's not it. That is another barf song. It goes something like "time of the year... we want you to join us...." I can't remember the rest. I was in a Toys R US the other day, and when I heard this song. I was just getting tortured. Oh it was painful..


200 posted on 12/08/2004 11:14:32 AM PST by Sprite518
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