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Least favourite Christmas songs and carols

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wanderings Mon 02-Dec-19 09:24:34

Come hither, Scrooges, let's have a bah humbug musical moan. Which seasonal songs make your heart sink every time you hear the first few notes? My nominations are:

Santa baby - just plain ugh.

Santa Claus is comin' to town: no wonder some children are scared of Santa!

Last Christmas.

I wish it could be Christmas every day, for obvious reasons.

Slow ones, like I'm dreaming of a white Christmas, and chestnuts roasting on an open fire.

Any rendition of a carol where the rhythm has been totally messed up, especially if it's sung slowly and with no accompaniment.

Also the really sad ones: Christmas shoes, The little boy that Santa Claus forgot, the cat carol. Warning - do not listen to the cat carol unless you really want to be bawling your eyes out, especially if you love cats, it is the saddest Christmas song I have ever heard, by a long way, and makes grown men cry. It claims to have a happy ending, but it really doesn't. Before you Google, you have been warned!

I love carols, except away in a manger (because I've heard it so many times), and I saw three ships: how did three ships sail into landlocked Bethlehem? shock I've just checked on the map, and I can't even see a river. halo

busyweeks78 Mon 02-Dec-19 09:26:20

Driving home for Christmas it’s just awful

misspiggy19 Mon 02-Dec-19 09:28:12

Last Christmas by Wham- overplayed drivel

Kalim8 Mon 02-Dec-19 10:24:00

Maybe the 3 ships were some sort of precursor to mortal engines

MuseumOfYou Mon 02-Dec-19 13:03:33

I hate The First Noel - it's just so dreary.

Puppylucky Mon 02-Dec-19 13:07:14

Why do you hate I Wish It Could be Christmas Every Day "for obvious reasons"? I suspect you think it's by Gary Glitter but it's not. Otherwise I'm intrigued!

thistimelastweek Mon 02-Dec-19 13:12:05

Once in Royal David's City.

WhentheRabbitsWentWild Mon 02-Dec-19 13:13:00

In the Bleak Midwinter (makes me feel really sad and sentimental)

All I want for Christmas is You (Twee)

Stop the Calvary (Always been amazed its a Christmas song, though it mentions home for Christmas so that probably qualified it)

Santa Baby (Also twee)

KeithPartridge Mon 02-Dec-19 13:20:17

I used to love that Gary Gliiter one as a kid...Rock and Roll Christmas or something it was called.

The worst one is Stay Another Day by East 17. It's dire, mawkish shit.

KeithPartridge Mon 02-Dec-19 13:22:17

3 ships = 3 camels. The ship of the desert.

(You were possibly being jokey in which case ignore the abovegrin).

MatildeHidalgo Mon 02-Dec-19 13:23:34

OP - how dare you diss Last Christmas? You must be a TROLL!!!!

RafaIsTheKingOfClay Mon 02-Dec-19 13:25:16

Definitely Christmas shoes.

newdeer Mon 02-Dec-19 13:25:45

That Cliff Richard one. Barf.

DarkerShrimpVase Mon 02-Dec-19 13:26:27

When a child is born. Mawkish, sentimental dirge.

jenthelibrarian Mon 02-Dec-19 13:27:20

Just reading the heading has infected me with an earworm of Cliff droning on about mistletoe and wine, children singing chris-tee-un rhymes.
Loathe that song.

ExpletiveFairylighted Mon 02-Dec-19 13:28:13

Fairytale of New York - excruciatingly awful.

AnneOfCleavage Mon 02-Dec-19 13:30:19

The Pogues Fairytale Of New York. Absolutely hate it. It is so NOT a feel good song and the beginning bit is so dirge-y that my heart sinks when it comes on. How is it so popular??? Queue hundreds of mumsnetters telling me IABU

AnneOfCleavage Mon 02-Dec-19 13:31:30

ExpletedFairylighted oh yay, someone on my wavelength 😂🤣

Cookit Mon 02-Dec-19 13:32:30

What are the obvious reasons?

The only one I guess I don’t really like is “baby, it’s cold outside” because it’s a bit grim.

Bellybootcut Mon 02-Dec-19 13:32:59

Little Drummer Boy makes me think of Myra Hindley and Ian Brady. Gives me the absolute creeps.

ExpletiveFairylighted Mon 02-Dec-19 13:33:23


TwatCat Mon 02-Dec-19 13:47:00

All I want for Christmas is you. I just can't stand how much of a wailing cat Mariah Carey sounds like. Could she possible wail any more!? Just sing the fucking note not a million screaming others in the name of "ad lib".

No!!! Just go away Mariah!!!

IthinkIsawahairbrushbackthere Mon 02-Dec-19 13:48:52

"Do you hear what I hear?" I hate the tune the lyrics are weird. I am in agreement with the PP about Three Ships.

"Christmas Wrapping" by The Waitresses puts my teeth on edge.

SpiderCharlotte Mon 02-Dec-19 13:52:40

That spaceman shite by Chris de Barf.

sluj Mon 02-Dec-19 13:55:37

I agree Bellybootcut, I cant listen to Little Drummer Boy without thinking of the Moors Murders. Horrible song anyway but unbearable with that association sad

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