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Friday random ten: It’s the least wonderful time of the year

Yes, it’s Christmas time again, and inspired in part by this Slate story on how bad Do They Know It’s Christmas? is, here’s a list of Christmas songs we, or at least I, could do without this year.

1. Do They Know It’s Christmas? – Band-Aid
2. Frosty The Snowman – Ella Fitzgerald
3. I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus – John Mellencamp
4. It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas – Harry Connick
5. It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year – Amy Grant
6. Jingle Bells – Trinity University Jazz Band
7. The Little Drummer Boy – Bob Seger
8. Run Rudolph Run – Bryan Adams
9. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town – Pointer Sisters
10. Santa Baby – Madonna

Honestly, with the exception of “The Little Drummer Boy” (which I loathe), I don’t really dislike most of these songs so much as I’m tired of them. For truly awful Christmas music to wallow in, I recommend Popdose’s annual Mellowmas tradition, with a generous supply of alcohol to help you cope. Finally, as for Jingle Bells, I’m done with any version of it that doesn’t include at least two verses. I had a Chipmunks Christmas 45 RPM record as a kid that had three verses of “Jingle Bells” in it. That’s still the all-time champ as far as I know. (The Trinity Jazz Band version is a funky 7/4 time arrangement, so it gets a pass as well.) Feel free to use this post to vent your frustrations with whatever Christmas song you could do without.

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