Thursday, December 10, 2009

The Weekly List: Four worst holiday songs by pop musicians

Man, it's the time of year that every single station decides to switch over to Christmas music. Even the local college radio station decides it's time to play the occasional Weezer cover or something.

Amid the good (Bright Eyes' "Blue Christmas" or John Denver & The Muppets' "12 Days of Christmas), there is lots of bad.

Here are four of the very worst.

What are your least favorite Christmas songs? Let me know in the comments.

4. "Santa's Beard," The Beach Boys

Wow. I love the Beach Boys, but this is just silly. Give me "Little Saint Nick" or "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town" any day of the week. Looks like the Wilsons were fishing for something to write about on this one.

3. "The Chanukah Song," Neil Diamond

Neil Diamond's:

Adam Sandler's original:

Neil Diamond finally decides to do a holiday song about his own faith, and he chooses, uh, "The Chanukah Song"? Well, nice try, Neil, but where Adam Sandler's was silly, hilarious and satirical your version is only silly. Neil, you should have tried to do it a little more tongue-in-cheek instead of full-on serious singing a la "Sweet Caroline."

2. "All I Want For Christmas Is a Real Good Tan," Kenny Chesney

Really Kenny? Is that all you want? I wonder if he stole this song from Jimmy Buffet as he seems to be stealing his country-singer-gone-island-troubadour career path as well.

1. "Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays," NSYNC

Wow, with all of the harmonizing, drum machine and synth guitar in this, it really smacks of 90s boybandness. This was really popular, wasn't it? Ugh. I feel sorry for everyone in that decade. At least it gave us the modern day Justin Timberlake, right?

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