December 24, 2008

Christmas Songs That Suck Hard

Capt. Ed at comments on a few of the Christmas songs we could do without. While I have to take exception to Paul McCartney's "Wonderful Christmastime" (I'd rather replace that with "Feliz Navidad" by...anybody), I heartily concur with him on another former Beatle's holiday dirge - "Happy Xmas (War Is Over):

"Without the War Is Over chorus, it’s a weakly-written poetic attempt at a Hallmark card level. When it veers into War Is Over If You Want It and talk about “the yellow and red ones” [ed. note: my correction], it becomes a preachy political chant, and a mindlessly naive one at that, no surprise from John Lennon, who “Imagine”d an end to religion. War isn’t over just because we want it, as 9/11 proved. Sorry, but there are people in the world that want to kill other people, and believing that all we need to do is wish war away is stupid beyond belief."
And about as stupid as the Department of Peace bumper stickers I've been seeing nowadays. You want to be a pacifist, fine, but let the rest of us make defending ourselves a priority. It's the same kind of mindset that fuels the ignorant rants of Hollywood stars who are too used to being surrounded by sycophants and enablers.

One day when I am King, however, I will say First Amendment be damned for one exception: Bruce Springsteen's "Saaaaaaaaaant Claus is Comin' To Town" will be banned from the airwaves for-EVAH!!!!.


Open thread: What one holiday song would you destroy with the wave of a wand?

Posted by Gary at December 24, 2008 11:37 AM | TrackBack

Heartily concur with most of the above (being from the desert southwest has imbued me with a fondness for "Feliz Navidad"). I would like to add one horror to the list: "I Wanna Hippopotamus for Christmas."

And a question—does anyone hear “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day” on the radio?

Posted by: thecobrasnose at December 24, 2008 01:12 PM

I would be thrilled to never ever hear "It's Christmas Eve in Washington" again.

Posted by: Mike at December 24, 2008 04:05 PM

That horrible Alvin and the Chipmunks song. One of the lines is "and me I want a hulahoop."

Posted by: babs at December 24, 2008 05:31 PM

I agree about Alvin and the Chipmunks. Ugh.

I could also do without the Carpenters.


Posted by: GroovyVic at December 25, 2008 10:19 AM

"I Wanna Hippopotamus for Christmas" has vaulted to the top of my list. I'd never heard it until a couple of years ago.

Posted by: Joe R. at December 25, 2008 01:52 PM

Anything by Amy Grant. Blech.

Posted by: JohnL at December 26, 2008 11:08 PM