Top 10 Least Liked Holiday Songs: What's Yours?

From singing dogs to a philandering Santa Claus, these recordings came in last place in a recent survey.

It's holiday music time. You can't escape it. In the grocery store, at the doctor's office, at work -- you may have already heard that one Christmas recording which you absolutely, positively cannot stand.

Maybe it's something about the vocalist. Maybe the song brings up less than cheerful memories. Maybe the carol itself is just plain awful.

Whatever the reason, you're not alone. Edison Research, a company specializing in marketing and polling, has published a list of least liked holiday songs for 2012.

(Check Out Sarasota Patch's Picks for Top 5 Very Offbeat Christmas Songs and Top 5 Guilty Pleasure Christmas Songs.)

To compile its rankings, the company polled a group of 200 women ages 30-49 "who said they liked or loved hearing Christmas music on the radio." (The sample may be somewhat unrepresentative of the broader population, but we're willing to bet a few of these recordings would show up on a great many "least favorite" lists.)

Coming in a regrettable first place was "Jingle Bells" by The Singing Dogs, a 1955 standard that many would rather relegate to the dustbin of musical history. Hot on its heels: "The Man With All The Toys" by The Beach Boys and "All I Want For Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth” by Spike Jones.

On the flipside, the company found the late Andy Williams’ "It’s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year" to be the crowd favorite. "You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch" also fared well.

Find the full list of least-liked holiday recordings—along with links to YouTube versions—below:

  1.  "Jingle Bells" sung (barked) by The Singing Dogs
  2. "The Man With All The Toys" sung by The Beach Boys
  3. "All I Want For Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth” sung by Spike Jones
  4. "Jingle Bells" sung by Barbra Streisand
  5. "Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer” sung by Elmo & Patsy
  6. "O Holy Night” sung by Cartman (Trey Parker)
  7. "Blue Christmas” sung by Seymour Swine & The Squeelers
  8. "O Come, O Come Emmanuel” sung by Neil Diamond
  9. "Deck The Halls” sung by Mannheim Steamroller
  10. "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus” sung by Little Jimmy Boyd

What's your least favorite holiday song? Why? Let us know in the comments! 

Amanda Elizabeth November 27, 2012 at 07:39 PM
Christmas Time by the Chipmunks is by far the worst. And I can never decide if I think this one is ironic and funny or just annoying but Dominick the Italian Christmas Donkey.
Amanda Elizabeth November 27, 2012 at 07:46 PM
Oh, and I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas. Just dreadful.
Charles Schelle (Editor) November 27, 2012 at 08:16 PM
I laugh each time I hear Dominick The Italian Christmas Donkey and use it a lot to annoy my sisters. Hee-haw, hee-haw.


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