Some people have a love-hate relationship with Christmas music. For many, the songs of the season are sure to bring tidings of comfort and joy, but others think that corny classics take the holly jolly out of Christmas.
Everyone seems to have an opinion about holiday songs, including rants about how soon they play on the radio and what are the best and worst ditties to play while roasting chestnuts on an open fire.
For people across the pond, "All I Want For Christmas Is You" is at the top of the list for most annoying holiday song, according to a U.K. poll. We won't mention it to Mariah Carey, though, because we think that the results might be different if they asked an audience in the United States or Canada.
It's an interesting choice considering that is the song that plays in the climax of the British rom-com "The Holiday." That movie is a favorite — practically a Christmas classic — on this side of the Atlantic, so we wonder how it would score in its own poll in the United Kingdom.
The musical taste of Brits is definitely different, as they deemed the feel-good Band Aid performance of "Do They Know It's Christmas?" as No. 2, and a couple of British hits ("I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday" by Wizzard and "Merry Xmas Everybody" by Slade) in the No. 3 and No. 4 slots before inexplicably placing Wham!'s "Last Christmas" at No. 5.
This must have to do with how often the U.K. radio stations play these songs over and over again because the American annoyances of the Jackson 5's "Santa Claus is Coming to Town" and Eartha Kitt's "Santa Baby" are all the way down at Nos. 8 and 9, respectively.
The list rounds off with the Andrews Sister's version of "Jingle Bells," which we don't hear too often here, at least without Bing Crosby joining in.
The thing that many of these choices have in common is that they are kind of gimmicky and corny, but we all could add a few to this list that we like even less. Our addition might be "The Christmas Shoes," for example.
Everybody's Christmas playlist looks a little different, but there are definitely times when it's better to just turn off the radio than to hear that one annoying song play again.
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