Christmas, Top 10

Top 10 Worst Christmas Songs of All Time ~ 2

Originally published December 7, 2018

There are so many fun and joyful Christmas carols and songs we love to sing at this time of year …. and so many that drive us bonkers! The Top 10 Worst Christmas Songs of All Time has become an annual tradition here on the blog. But every year I get more and more suggestions of songs to add to the list. There sure are a lot of cringey Christmas tunes being crooned out there! You asked for it, so here it is – in no particular order – ten more of my top picks for worst Christmas songs of all time.

Click here for the playlist – if you can stand it!

1. Please, Daddy, Don’t Get Drunk this Christmas – I can just picture the artistic meetings that took place on this one: “We need a new Christmas song for your next album, John. Any ideas?” “How about a potential domestic violence case set to country music? That’ll fill everybody’s heart with Christmas cheer!” 

2. Dominick the Donkey
Dear Italy,
Please stick with what you do best – food
and opera.

3. Happy X-Mas, War is Over (So This Is Christmas) – Excuse me, but I think you’re looking for Woodstock. Go back several decades and hang a left.

4. I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas – Why not? I wanted a monkey for Christmas when I was a kid. I stand in solidarity with this kid and every other kid who wanted a ridiculous animal for Christmas and never got one. (To be honest, I think this song is kinda cute {be sure to catch grown-up Gayla singing it at the end of the video}. I include it on behalf of all my readers who said it’s driving them to the loony bin.)

5. Hard Candy Christmas – Maybe I’ll wallpaper my bathroom. Maybe I’ll get a mohawk. Maybe I’ll eat cold Spaghettios right out of the can. MAKE👏UP👏YOUR👏MIND👏

6. Simply Having a Wonderful Christmas Time – There’s good 80’s synthesizer and there’s bad 80’s synthesizer. I’ll let you guess which one earned this song a spot on the list.

7. White Winter Hymnal – “It’s lyrically fairly meaningless.” That’s what the songwriter had to say about this song. Dude, lemme ‘splain you something about songwriting. When you have a cool piece of music like this, don’t waste it on meaningless lyrics. Collaborate with a good writer and make it an awesome song with meaning. (Let me also take this opportunity for my annual reminder: Pentatonix is not a Christian group, regardless of the songs they record. According to Pride magazine, “Two of Pentatonix’s members, Scott Hoying and Mitch Grassi, are openly gay, and the group vocally supports the LGBT community.”)

8. Driving Home for Christmas – This song is the musical equivalent of driving across west Texas. And by that, I mean – monotonous. (Sorry west Texas, but you know it’s true.) At least he didn’t regale us with the number of each mile marker as he passed it. Thank the Lord for small favors.

9. I’m Gettin’ Nuttin for Christmas – Quick! Somebody get the rod of correction – this kid is out of control! Cute, but not your best work, Shirl.

10. I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus – Kid witnesses Mom stepping out on Dad and is traumatized for life. Just one more reason not to lie to your kids about Santa Claus. (Tell them it’s Dad, ladies, and you can kiss him all you want! :0)

What do you think?
Did your “worst song” make the list?

I’m starting to get requests for a volume 3 of “worst songs”.
If you can stand ten more terrible tunes, leave a comment
and nominate your favorite awful Christmas song!
Surely, there can’t be more!

10 thoughts on “Top 10 Worst Christmas Songs of All Time ~ 2”

  1. I so agree with 3, 6, and 10. You can’t turn on our local Christmas music station without hearing those repeatedly! Never heard of #1, and I’m not interested in doing so, either.

    Another fun post! Thanks Michelle!


  2. I admit to being in the minority fan club of the Hippopotamus song. I have no idea why, but it doesn’t grate on my nerves like most everyone else I know. =o)
    I’d like to add Mariah Carey’s All I Want for Christmas to your list:

    It’s all I can do to not stick a fork in my eyes (and ears) when I hear this song!

    Thanks for these great lists! It’s amazing how many of them I’m hearing on the stations that are playing round-the-clock Christmas songs, day in, day out.


    1. “Hippo” doesn’t bother me either, Shannon, so there are at least two of us. :0) I will say, though, that I like the way grown up Gayla sings it at the end of the video better than the way she sang it as a little girl.

      You are definitely not in the minority about “All I Want for Christmas is You.” That’s the number one song people are demanding I add to the list. :0)


      1. I agree, Michelle, with how Gayla sings it in the video — much softer tone and quite a pretty sound, but still carries the little “quiver” in her voice so you can catch shades of her younger self.

        I’m glad I’m not the only one with Mariah’s song! When I start to hear the first few bars before the song truly begins I’m already on the verge of dislocating my fingers trying to change the station! =o)


  3. I vote for Michael Bolton’s version of “White Christmas” to be added to the list. The shrieking makes my ears hurt and head throb.


  4. Definitely don’t like I saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus but I love I Want Hippopotamus for Christmas. Its my ringtone I use every Christmas season. I so agree about Mariah Carey’s All I Want for Christmas! Blech!


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