December 15th, 2009

Christmas gollum

POLL: What Are the Most Obnoxious Holiday Songs?

It's that dreadful time of year when stores, restaurants, and radio stations are all blaring Christmas music, leavened with the occasional song about icy weather, shopping, or strange old men watching small children.

If you work in retail or shop in a mall, you have little choice about the Muzak. But this poll will let you express your true feelings. Please note that these are American Christmas songs, not hymns or carols. I've arranged them by theme, although many could belong to several different categories. And many of these are songs I myself love. Some of them I loathe. You don't have to agree with me.

Feel free to comment with any songs I've forgotten, plus complaints about other holiday annoyances, including but not limited to the cultural hegemony of Christianity, the distortion of the religious meaning of the season, the expense of shopping, the crowds at the mall, and the horrors of spending time with your family or in-laws.

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