Mariah Carey's is a recurring hit on Billboard Hot 100, and recently hit #7 this week in a new peak for the song

The Best and Worst of Christmas Tunes

For many the Holiday season can mean many different things. For some it means snowy weather and off-days, and for others it may mean a sunny day and summer weather for your Christmas festivities.  

However, one certainty for just about everyone, is Christmas music. 

Even if you don’t celebrate the 25th, the radios will still find a way to drown you in it – from Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer and Jingle Bells just about 24 hours a day.  

So, if you’re going to eventually hear the songs either way – you may as well know the best ones to look out for and the worst ones to avoid, right? 

Absolutely.  

Most Successful 

  • Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas is You”: Earning Carey more than sixty million in royalties since its release in 1994, it leaves Carey very warm during the winter among her piling stacks of cash. Topping the Spotify playlists for Christmas classics and earning more than 210 million plays on Youtube, it’s more than earned its spot among Holiday music royalty.  
  • Wham’s “Last Christmas”: Coming out years ago in 1984, George Michael and his band members sealed themselves in Holiday immortality with this often covered, popular song, so even with the beloved singer gone, his music still stays with us – especially during this time of the year.  
  • Jose Feliciano’s “Feliz Navidad”: Nothing gets a group of people singing or clapping quicker than this famous tune, sticking in our heads all year. Someone could sing the song in June and hordes of people would crowd around to join them. However, even with its success the man behind the music, Feliciano has quite the story himself of a Puerto Rican artist and his struggle in 1960s before his classic hit came to fruition.  
  • Brenda Lee’s “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree”: At only thirteen years old, Brenda Lee sang what would become the fourth most downloaded Christmas song, yet it wouldn’t become the staple we know it as until 1960. Performed from countless people ranging from five-year old kids to the likes of Miley Cyrus, it’s clear that the tune is here to stay. 
  • Bobby Helms’s “Jingle Bell Rock”: Nothing flooded classrooms in the mid 2000s more, than this song, it’s considered to be the first true Christmas ‘rock and roll’ tune. Originally created in 1957, it’s continued its reign as a holiday champion for almost a half of a century.  

Least Successful 

  • John Denver’s “Please Daddy Don’t get Drunk this Christmas”: Being more than a little concerning, the now passed away John Denver, so typically known for his classics such as “Rocky Mountain High” and “Take me Home, Country Roads” had everyone uncomfortably switching the radio channels when this song would spark to life. Featuring the horrifyingly sad story of a child pleading with his alcoholic father, this doesn’t exactly bring the Christmas spirit to listeners – but instead, maybe a concerned phone call to CPS.  
  • The Robertson’s “Santa Looked A lot like Daddy”: Whether you feel ashamed or not, everyone has some form of Duck Dynasty merchandise – even if you hated them, one of their camo cups probably still managed to end up in your cupboard somewhere. As a result, it only makes sense they’d come out with music, right? Well, okay – but it’s not good. 
  • Iggy Pop’s “White Christmas”: Within the first few seconds of the song instead of feeling cheer or perhaps comfort you feel the exact opposite – fear. It’s a low almost inaudible voice sending chills down your spine as though it were creepily slowed for just that purpose. However, coming from someone as infamously wild as Iggy Pop, perhaps it’s not entirely a surprise that this song doesn’t fit the typical vision for Christmas music. 
  • Tiny Tim’s “Santa Claus has the AIDS”: A song making fun of a debilitating disease that has destroyed the lives of thousands in the LGBT community? What a choice. Made in the eighties, confusion about its origins have spread from the use of AIDS being a hook or actually being in reference to the actual ‘Ayds’ candy bar, that happened to be popular at the time. Regardless, it was in poor timing, and in far worse taste – leaving a rather large stain on an otherwise well-remembered singer from the time. 
  • The Insane Clown Posse’s “Santa’s a Fat B***”: Anything coming from a group known as the ‘Insane Clown Posse’ doesn’t need much explanation – does it? Actually, this does. In an insane mashing of sounds that can only be described as ‘messy chaos’, The Insane Clown Posse proceeds to bash on St. Nick and altogether just create an unpleasant experience for any listener, or any unfortunate person having to write an article about Christmas music.  

If for some, “Santa Looked a Lot like Daddy” is your favorite Christmas song, that’s more than alright! It’s a different taste, but truthfully there’s not much wrong with that. It doesn’t raise any ethical issues, just… a confusion in taste. In the end, Christmas is meant to be grateful for what we have, and if you have a unique taste in music – jingle bell rock it!  

Katy Nelson

I am the Junior Editor of the Lamar Scroll, and am involved in Choir and Orchestra alongside Newspaper. I love being there to help others and hope to make the world a better, more ethical place with my writings. I hope to attend Columbia University and gain a degree in Investigative Journalism as well as Creative Writing to pursue a career in fiction writing along with journalism. Writing as a whole, is my passion and drives me forward to provide representation for the voices so often silenced. I hope to one day write for the Washington Post or New York Times. I also adore cats.