Around Christmastime, I’m usually informed by someone that I’m something of a grinch. My heart seems to be three sizes too small… at least when it comes to Christmas music.
Although I try to have a bit of yuletide cheer, I’m generally not a fan of the songs. So many are just kind of, well, terrible. Either theologically inaccurate, badly written and performed, or some combination thereof.
But that’s not to say all of them are awful. Some are really, really good. So today, I thought it’d be fun to do a bit of comparing and contrasting, with what I believe are the five best and worst Christmas songs ever.
Best: “This is War”
I love this song a lot, even if it’s not super-cheery in tone:
Worst: “It Must Be Santa”
This song is six kinds of terrible—and Bob Dylan made it even worse:
I’m pretty sure this is one of the songs that will be played in Hell. On repeat.
Best: “Go Tell it on the Mountain”
Jacob Moon does a great job on this one:
Worst: “Last Christmas”
Any version is terrible, but here’s Taylor Swift’s (since I hear it every time I go to the grocery store):
Best: “Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence”
Worst: “Wonderful Christmas Time”
The post-Beatles years were not always kind to Paul McCartney, as evidenced by the following:
Best: “O Come, Emmanuel”
There are so many terrific versions out there, but this one is excellent:
Worst: “Santa Baby”
Because nothing says “Christmas” like prostitution for presents:
Best: “The 12 Days of (Canadian) Christmas”
Because I’m Canadian:
Worst: “Mary, Did You Know?”
This one’s extra cringe-worthy in its Technopraise (seriously??) remix:
So those are a few of the best and worst from my perspective. Did I miss anything?