Ah, Christmas… the time when we eat delicious food, spend time avoiding uncomfortable conversations, celebrate the birth of Jesus… and, listen to a whole lotta Christmas songs.
Last year, I shared five of the best and worst Christmas songs. Some are ones that I joyfully listen to (much to my wife’s chagrin). Others, well, not so much.
But I realized there were more out there. And so, here we are: the best and worst Christmas songs, part two:
This one was on last year’s list, too, but with a different arrangement. Dustin Kensrue, under the Modern Post moniker, released a new version on his Child of Glory EP, and it is delightful.
In fact, do yourself a favor: buy that EP and just put it on repeat. It’s one of the few Christmas compilations I really enjoy.
Worst: Christmas Shoes
This one was by popular demand—and in fact, I am fairly certain my distaste for the song caused me to block it from my memory.
Paul McCartney made last year’s “worst” list. This time, he’s got a really nice take on a classic song to make up for it:
This is a terrific pair of yuck: one in which Mariah Carey sings about Christmas, but not about Christmas. The other is Wham.
Best: O Come O Come, Emmanuel
Sufjan’s a bit passé these days, but this take on this classic song is wonderful.
Worst: Do They Know It’s Christmas?
Because, as we were reminded in 1984, it’s important to feel as guilty as possible at Christmas time, just like Jesus wanted.
I love Blues. Therefore this song by Charles Brown wins.
Worst: Christmas Don’t Be Late
Because the Chipmunks may, in fact, be made of pure concentrated evil (as evidenced by the movies).
Okay, I know I shouldn’t include music performed by the same artist twice on a list, but I’m doing it anyway. I really enjoy this take on O Little Town of Bethlehem by Dustin Kensrue.
Worst: Funky, Funky Christmas
I had completely forgotten until recently that the New Kids on the Block made a Christmas record. Oh, how I wish I this information was still lost to me.