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Classic holiday hits hit different


     One of the most recognizable signs that indicates the arrival of the Christmas season is the music associated with the holiday. Contrary to many of my friends and family, I am not a fan of most Christmas music as I find most of the classics overplayed and annoying. So if I like a Christmas song, that’s how you know it is bearable, not overplayed, and can be put on repeat every year apart from the holiday season. I’ve gathered my top three favorites, and least favorite, Christmas songs in hopes of swaying opinions on what songs should actually be considered the best Christmas hits. 

     First on my naughty list of Christmas songs is “Deck The Halls”. I guarantee that I am not alone in my dissent from this classic Christmas song. Firstly, it includes random lyrics like “Don we now our gay apparel,” that aren’t only not that festive, but this generation has barely any

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understanding of what those words mean. Secondly, there are only eight total lines of actual verse that aren’t “Fa la la la la, la la la la,” or some other pattern of those two sounds. These “fa la la’s” make the song hard to enjoy at all as the constant repetition is beyond irritating. 

     My second least favorite song that I have to endure within the winter months is “Jingle Bells”. “Jingle Bells” is a song I will, without fail, change my radio station over when I hear it being played. The amount of times you hear “jingle” in the track is bothersome to the point where I don’t even know what the rest of the song is talking about. Other than that, there is this build up during each verse that ultimately ends with a loud “OH” then returns to more “jingles” and more “bells”. I can’t tell you why, but that loud “OH” gets on my nerves more than I can describe. 

     Finally, third place for the worst Christmas song goes to a very controversial pick: “All I Want for Christmas Is You” by Mariah Carey. Yes, I know there are going to be hate letters sent my way after I discuss my distaste for the song, but I have good reason. My problem with Carey’s hit holiday song doesn’t actually come from the song itself, but just how successful it is. This is especially one of those songs that is instantly played the day after Thanksgiving has ended. I can’t appreciate this song at all anymore because of the amount of times I’ve heard it and it is also frustrating that it gets so much recognition over other Christmas songs. 

     Now, on to my favorite holiday song. Taking first place is “Mistletoe” by Justin Bieber. I know what you are all thinking; this isn’t even considered a Christmas classic. However, despite the song only having been released in 2011, it has a special place in my heart. Growing up, I was never a Bieber fan, so the fact this is my favorite Christmas song shows how good his song really is. His voice is just so soothing in this song and the recurring “with you” sung by the chorus is extremely satisfying overall. 

     My second favorite holiday song, one I admittedly forgot about until I sat down to write this article, is “Last Christmas” by Wham!. I think what I like most about the song is that it’s not just festive word vomit passed off as a song. Instead, it tells a story about heartbreak and includes the Christmas time period throughout to give it that holiday feel. 

     “Feliz Navidad” by Jose Feliciano takes the last spot as my third favorite Christmas song. I know that a large portion of the song is not in English; however, that makes it even better in the end. The peppy rhythm and mariachi instrumentals in the background make this song so fun to listen to. One of the other best factors of the track is of course the lyrics “I wanna wish you a Merry Christmas.” For some reason, it just makes me happy and brings more positive feelings towards Christmas.

     Just because a song is viewed as a classic doesn’t mean it should be continuously played and forced into the ears of others. Instead, I hope you take my suggestions for what I believe are the best and worst holiday songs into account when you begin listening to seasonal music during the holidays.

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