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2020-12-04 9:05:28 AM  
Obvious choice:

Wham! - Last Christmas (Official 4K Video)
Youtube bwNV7TAWN3M
 
2020-12-04 9:33:55 AM  
GAH!
Paul McCartney - Wonderful Christmastime
Youtube 94Ye-3C1FC8
 
2020-12-04 9:34:01 AM  
The entire Carpenters album. Everyone loves it, but I'm convinced it's only because they feel bad for Karen Carpenter.

Yes, it's technically fine. But it does nothing for me. See also: All of Fleetwood Mac.
 
2020-12-04 9:40:58 AM  
It's a tie between Do They Know It's Christmas and Wonderful Christmastime, both can't be muted fast enough.
 
2020-12-04 10:09:14 AM  

shastacola: It's a tie between Do They Know It's Christmas


Every time I hear that song it annoys me, and then I annoy myself.  I say "Well, ackshually as the world's oldest Christian nation, they do know it's Christmas, but they don't really care because Easter is much more important to them than Christmas.  Second, there will be snow in Africa.  There is a glacier on Kilimanjaro."  And then I realize I'm being pedantic about a song that includes Simon LeBon and I should just let it go.
 
2020-12-04 10:09:16 AM  
 
2020-12-04 10:09:53 AM  
Band Aid - Do They Know It's Christmas
 
2020-12-04 10:09:54 AM  
 The knee-jerk 'that's a song about rape' take on 'Baby it's cold outside'.
 
2020-12-04 10:11:17 AM  
Simply having a Wonderful Christmas time

/This song is just Six Words Long
 
2020-12-04 10:14:52 AM  
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2020-12-04 10:16:03 AM  
I have to vote for "Feliz Navidad." Yes, it was groundbreaking. And yes, Feliciano was a great talent.

But the song contains a total of 19 different words. The repetition is painful.
 
2020-12-04 10:16:19 AM  
Unpopular opinion: White Christmas
 
2020-12-04 10:17:58 AM  
White Christmas.

Boomers love Bing because their moms loved Bing.  Otherwise it's an utterly forgettable song, sung in a very peculiar style.
 
2020-12-04 10:19:29 AM  
All of them.  They all suck.  Here's the most UNDERRATED song.

Jethro Tull - Christmas song
Youtube BdalBvgNAxI
 
2020-12-04 10:20:40 AM  
haha so hard to choose, but i have no idea how they are rated so please allow me to slam them all
 
2020-12-04 10:27:43 AM  
I do like this one though:

I Believe in Father Christmas (2017 Remastered Version)
Youtube -DcG7eBJbzc
 
2020-12-04 10:28:47 AM  
I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas with lyrics
Youtube 57vrqCENNPc
 
2020-12-04 10:29:44 AM  
I can't think of one that is good or that I enjoy listening to.  Humbug!
 
2020-12-04 10:30:44 AM  
For me its Rocking Around The Christmas Tree or Lasso Santa Claus.

I hate that woman's voice.
 
2020-12-04 10:31:01 AM  

beezeltown: GAH!
[YouTube video: Paul McCartney - Wonderful Christmastime]


🎶 Simply, having, to change the station now. 🎵
 
2020-12-04 10:31:26 AM  
SILENT NIGHT
Youtube tVV4Q5Q6RRg
 
2020-12-04 10:31:50 AM  

NikolaiFarkoff: The entire Carpenters album. Everyone loves it, but I'm convinced it's only because they feel bad for Karen Carpenter.

Yes, it's technically fine. But it does nothing for me. See also: All of Fleetwood Mac.


Fleetwood Mac's entire catalog, from 1968 to the present, is all Christmas songs??
 
2020-12-04 10:32:17 AM  

johnny_vegas: [YouTube video: I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas with lyrics]


Here is the door to my office....

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(Came out great tho)
 
2020-12-04 10:32:44 AM  
I'm gonna use this as an opportunity to slam a different beloved boomer holiday staple: Charlie Brown. I have nothing against the Peanuts comic strip. Snoopy and Woodstock are cool. However, all of the animated holiday specials are boring, disjointed, sometimes unintelligible slogs. They bored me as a kid. They bored me and my kids now.

However, the theme rocks.
 
2020-12-04 10:32:56 AM  
I don't like modern Christmas songs (basically most songs written after rock music became mainstream) so I don't appreciate stuff like Blue Christmas, Rocking Around the Christmas Tree, etc. On the other hand, I don't mind when modern performers cover classics. So, rather than focus on what I don't like, here's a newer take on a classic that I quite enjoy:

Good King Wenceslas
Youtube KdNcaO1iqsQ
 
2020-12-04 10:33:00 AM  
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2020-12-04 10:33:10 AM  

ukexpat: Unpopular opinion: White Christmas


I'm with you there. I don't really have space in my musical palette for melancholy holiday novelty songs.
 
2020-12-04 10:35:01 AM  

FrancoFile: White Christmas.

Boomers love Bing because their moms loved Bing.  Otherwise it's an utterly forgettable song, sung in a very peculiar style.


I like it because it seems like its from another era-

Not an era I'm familiar with, but it has an "antique" appeal
 
2020-12-04 10:35:15 AM  
So we're gonna pick on Mariah Carey for her voice but let Shane MacGowan go unpunished for vomiting his way through the otherwise fine (but still quite overrated) Fairytale of New York?
 
2020-12-04 10:35:30 AM  

ColSanders: I have to vote for "Feliz Navidad." Yes, it was groundbreaking. And yes, Feliciano was a great talent.

But the song contains a total of 19 different words. The repetition is painful.


I knew an English professor who thought it was funny to send christmas cards with a picture of sheep wearing a Santa hat and the words Fleece Navidad.  He was also a sign language interpreter and ended up having to explain the card to all the deaf people he sent it to.  The song is a lot more tolerable if you sub in words that rhyme -- Fleece, police.  Nice, if you want to be French about it.
 
2020-12-04 10:35:55 AM  

Mr Tarantula: I'm gonna use this as an opportunity to slam a different beloved boomer holiday staple: Charlie Brown. I have nothing against the Peanuts comic strip. Snoopy and Woodstock are cool. However, all of the animated holiday specials are boring, disjointed, sometimes unintelligible slogs. They bored me as a kid. They bored me and my kids now.

However, the theme rocks.


We are soulmates.
 
2020-12-04 10:36:38 AM  

Mr Tarantula: I'm gonna use this as an opportunity to slam a different beloved boomer holiday staple: Charlie Brown. I have nothing against the Peanuts comic strip. Snoopy and Woodstock are cool. However, all of the animated holiday specials are boring, disjointed, sometimes unintelligible slogs. They bored me as a kid. They bored me and my kids now.

However, the theme rocks.


It's a worth it JUST for the Vince Garibaldi soundtrack-

The sounds of those pieces perfectly capture the feelings of snow falling
 
2020-12-04 10:38:08 AM  

beezeltown: GAH!
[Youtube-video https://www.youtube.com/embed/94Ye-3C1​FC8]


fark everything about this song.  This one song cancels out everything else that Paul McCartney did in his career.
 
2020-12-04 10:39:04 AM  
All of them.

carol of the old ones
Youtube 1ftld7Ohojg
 
2020-12-04 10:39:15 AM  
All of them.
 
2020-12-04 10:39:35 AM  

Cthulhukefka: All of them.

[Youtube-video https://www.youtube.com/embed/1ftld7Oh​ojg]


*shakes tiny fist*
 
2020-12-04 10:40:05 AM  

Michael J Faux: So we're gonna pick on Mariah Carey for her voice but let Shane MacGowan go unpunished for vomiting his way through the otherwise fine (but still quite overrated) Fairytale of New York?


He can't help the fact that FEMA set up tents in his mouth; it's a disaster area, afterall.
 
2020-12-04 10:40:59 AM  
 Unless you're into 'hardcore thrash metal'
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2020-12-04 10:41:05 AM  

FrancoFile: White Christmas.

Boomers love Bing because their moms loved Bing.  Otherwise it's an utterly forgettable song, sung in a very peculiar style.


Clarification Request: Is the Beauty Pagent/Glee/America'sGotTalent style of singing a "normal" style? Are lots of melismatics "normal"? Is purposefully singing through your nose "normal"? Is affecting a "twang" normal?

I've used the world of Youtube to listen to really unfashionable styles, and the older styles -- once you get past their lack of fashionability -- aren't really annoying. Unless, of course, your my wife who hates them all.

With My Little Stick Of Blackpool Rock - George Formby
Youtube 8KQ6Wmbi5ig
 
2020-12-04 10:41:38 AM  

ViolentEastCoastCity: NikolaiFarkoff: The entire Carpenters album. Everyone loves it, but I'm convinced it's only because they feel bad for Karen Carpenter.

Yes, it's technically fine. But it does nothing for me. See also: All of Fleetwood Mac.

Fleetwood Mac's entire catalog, from 1968 to the present, is all Christmas songs??


Re-bolded the part I was referring to.

Something something snow-covered hill, til Santa brought it down.
 
2020-12-04 10:43:26 AM  
Christmas Wrapping by The Waitresses.

The Waitresses - Christmas Wrapping (Music Video)
Youtube nud2TQNahaU


This song came out in 1981, but I don't ever remember hearing it at all in the 80's or the 90's.  It feels like it was just kind of rediscovered within the last 10 years, and now everybody is making up for lost time by playing this thing into the ground.
 
2020-12-04 10:45:56 AM  

Mr Tarantula: I'm gonna use this as an opportunity to slam a different beloved boomer holiday staple: Charlie Brown. I have nothing against the Peanuts comic strip. Snoopy and Woodstock are cool. However, all of the animated holiday specials are boring, disjointed, sometimes unintelligible slogs. They bored me as a kid. They bored me and my kids now.

However, the theme rocks.


Weird because I've had the exact opposite experience. Of all the "classic" Christmas shows of my childhood (the Rankin-Bass clamation stuff, Boris Karloff as the Grinch, Frosty, etc.) A Charlie Brown Christmas always resonated with me more than the others.
 
2020-12-04 10:46:47 AM  

Mr Tarantula: I'm gonna use this as an opportunity to slam a different beloved boomer holiday staple: Charlie Brown. I have nothing against the Peanuts comic strip. Snoopy and Woodstock are cool. However, all of the animated holiday specials are boring, disjointed, sometimes unintelligible slogs. They bored me as a kid. They bored me and my kids now.

However, the theme rocks.


My local big name grocery store is selling a $19.99 "Charlie Brown" skimpy pine tree; with 1 red glass ball hanging on it!

$19.99!

(with nailed on stand, about 2&1/2 to 3 ft tall. Sorry, Linus' blanket not included!)
 
2020-12-04 10:47:18 AM  

ViolentEastCoastCity: Michael J Faux: So we're gonna pick on Mariah Carey for her voice but let Shane MacGowan go unpunished for vomiting his way through the otherwise fine (but still quite overrated) Fairytale of New York?

He can't help the fact that FEMA set up tents in his mouth; it's a disaster area, afterall.


I always see love for this song but it's so boring and meh to me. And yeah Shane's singing doesn't do much for me. I didn't know Kirsty MacColl died a week before Christmas (getting hit by a speed boat head on), that adds a bit of mystique to it for me, but it's still a heap of meh.
 
2020-12-04 10:47:25 AM  
Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells...  Yeah, All The WAY
 
2020-12-04 10:48:20 AM  

ColSanders: I have to vote for "Feliz Navidad." Yes, it was groundbreaking. And yes, Feliciano was a great talent.

But the song contains a total of 19 different words. The repetition is painful.


I legit, and unironically love that song.  Yeah, it's repetitive, but it also just sounds so festive.  I don't want to listen to it over and over, but it always puts me in a positive mood.
 
2020-12-04 10:49:09 AM  

yakmans_dad: FrancoFile: White Christmas.

Boomers love Bing because their moms loved Bing.  Otherwise it's an utterly forgettable song, sung in a very peculiar style.

Clarification Request: Is the Beauty Pagent/Glee/America'sGotTalent style of singing a "normal" style? Are lots of melismatics "normal"? Is purposefully singing through your nose "normal"? Is affecting a "twang" normal?

I've used the world of Youtube to listen to really unfashionable styles, and the older styles -- once you get past their lack of fashionability -- aren't really annoying. Unless, of course, your my wife who hates them all.

[Youtube-video https://www.youtube.com/embed/8KQ6Wmbi​5ig]



The crooner style is peculiar, and Bing isn't really a good crooner.  He can't stay on pitch, his vibratos are uneven, and he's too breathy.

Yes, it's a recognizable style, but it's weird.
 
2020-12-04 10:49:41 AM  

xxBirdMadGirlxx: Mr Tarantula: I'm gonna use this as an opportunity to slam a different beloved boomer holiday staple: Charlie Brown. I have nothing against the Peanuts comic strip. Snoopy and Woodstock are cool. However, all of the animated holiday specials are boring, disjointed, sometimes unintelligible slogs. They bored me as a kid. They bored me and my kids now.

However, the theme rocks.

We are soulmates.


Only if you agree that the old claymation Christmas specials are all trash, too. Basically all of the old stuff is trash, except for The Grinch.
 
2020-12-04 10:52:23 AM  
"Happy Christmas (War is Over)", the original Lennon/Oh No version.
Yoko's wailing especially toward the end is nails on a chalkboard.

Mrs. donutjim's "change the station, NOW!" vote is "Feliz Navidad"
 
2020-12-04 10:53:18 AM  

Mr Tarantula: xxBirdMadGirlxx: Mr Tarantula: I'm gonna use this as an opportunity to slam a different beloved boomer holiday staple: Charlie Brown. I have nothing against the Peanuts comic strip. Snoopy and Woodstock are cool. However, all of the animated holiday specials are boring, disjointed, sometimes unintelligible slogs. They bored me as a kid. They bored me and my kids now.

However, the theme rocks.

We are soulmates.

Only if you agree that the old claymation Christmas specials are all trash, too. Basically all of the old stuff is trash, except for The Grinch.


I usually go with 'creepy AF.' Family lore has it I would never stay in the room if one of those was on the tee-vee.

The Grinch however? Would make someone let me know it was back on if I had to hit the bathroom during a break.
 
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