The best and worst holiday songs of all time

by CAROLINE GAVURA Section Editor

‘Tis the season for the never-ending loop of holiday music on the radio that slowly rots our brains until the beginning of January.

During my three years here at “The Falconer’s Voice”, I’ve written a lot of music related articles. I like to think of myself as the older sister in “Almost Famous” guiding the MTHS student body into a world of musical bliss.

With Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa just around the corner, it’s time for a breakdown of the best and worst holiday songs ever.

Best

“Baby It’s Cold Outside” by Frank Loesser – While it is debatable that this could have been put on the “worst” end of things because of its somewhat date-rapey vibe, it’s a classic- and damn catchy. If you’re sick of the OG version, give the Idina Menzel/Michael Bublé remix a listen.

“All I Want For Christmas Is You” by Mariah Carey- The ultimate Christmas song. If you are a single woman this holiday season, it is almost mandatory that you and your girls ruin each others eardrums by scream-singing this iconic song in your car.

“I feel like an instant diva when this song comes on the radio. No matter what mood I’m in, it just cheers me up,” said senior Michelle Barclay.

“Santa Clause Is Comin’ To Town” by Bruce Springsteen- Springsteen removes his hard exterior in order to belt out a childhood favorite. In most cases, being caught jamming to this song in the high school parking lot would be social suicide, but honestly, who is going to criticize the Boss?

“Christmas Wrapping” by the Waitresses- Clever, witty and easy to sing during karaoke at Christmas parties without looking stupid. This might be my personal favorite just because of how badass the Waitresses are.

“Hanukkah, Oh Hanukkah” by the Glee Cast- I’m not even Jewish and this song still bumps in my car. Let’s have a party, we’ll all dance the Horah!

Worst

“Christmas Tree” by Lady Gaga and Space Cowboy- Filled with auto-tune and sexual innuendos (yes, she’s referring to her you-know-what as a Christmas tree) it’s hard to get through 30 seconds of this song without wanting to die.

“Christmas Shoes” by NewSong- I have not met a single person who can listen through all five minutes of this song. I remember first hearing it and wondering, is this a joke? And the music video looks like a poorly made SNL skit that never really gets to the joke and leaves you wondering, what the hell did I just watch?

“‘Christmas Shoes’ is one of the best parts of the holiday season. Every time it comes on the radio, everyone can’t help but burst into laughter. We love to hate it,” said senior Kate Broskie.

“Dominick the Donkey” by Ray Allen- This is one of those songs that you think will slowly die out and it just NEVER does. This is a PSA: we need to kill Dominick the Donkey. It’s for the greater good of the people – trust me.

What is your favorite holiday song?

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