Songs Of The Season

By Kimberly Gonzalez
SNPJ Associate Editor

With Christmas just a few days away, radio stations are starting to ramp-up their holiday music rotation. I generally don’t tune in to Christmas music until Christmas Eve, if for no other reason than I’m not sure I could handle more than a few days of “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing.” But while browsing the web yesterday, I came across two articles — “The 10 Most Annoying Christmas Songs Of All Time” and “The 10 Most Played Holiday Songs” — that I just couldn’t resist. The irony wasn’t only that the articles were listed one after the other, but the fact that just yesterday, Jay and I were discussing our love (or lack thereof in some cases) of Christmas music. Before I knew it, my curiosity had me clicking the links to see which songs were listed.

In December of last year, the Huffington Post put together a list, based on input and opinions from their Facebook followers, of the 10 most annoying Christmas songs of all time. A few of their selections weren’t all that shocking: “Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer,” “Santa Baby,” “Jingle Bells,” “Feliz Navidad” and “The Twelve Days of Christmas” were five of the 10 that I couldn’t argue with. “Jingle Bell Rock,” “Winter Wonderland” and “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” kind of surprised me; I actually sort of enjoyed those songs, but I guess the Huffington Post fans felt otherwise. Also listed were “Little Drummer Boy” and “Christmas Shoes.”

Also in December of last year, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) compiled a list of the most played holiday songs. Among those at the top were “Sleigh Ride,” “Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!” and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.” I wasn’t surprised to see “The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire),” “Santa Claus is Coming to Town,” “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas” and “Do You Hear What I Hear?” as those seem to be played on almost every radio station around the holidays. Oddly enough, “Jingle Bell Rock,” “Winter Wonderland” and “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” also made this list. Maybe my taste in Christmas music isn’t so bad after all…

Of course, it’s all a matter of opinion. Whether you prefer something traditional or something a little more modern, there is a Christmas song to suit your taste… and to get on your last nerve. Love them or hate them, enjoy them while you can because Christmas songs will only be around a few more days — until next year anyway!

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