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The 10 Least Liked Holiday Songs: What's Yours?

From singing dogs to a philandering Santa Claus, these recordings came in last place in a recent survey.

It's holiday music time. You can't escape it. In the grocery store, at the doctor's office, at work -- you may have already heard that one Christmas recording which you absolutely, positively cannot stand.

Maybe it's something about the vocalist. Maybe the song brings up less than cheerful memories. Maybe the carol itself is just plain awful.

Whatever the reason, you're not alone. Edison Research, a company specializing in marketing and polling, has published a list of least liked holiday songs for 2012.

To compile its rankings, the company polled a group of 200 women ages 30-49 "who said they liked or loved hearing Christmas music on the radio." (The sample may be somewhat unrepresentative of the broader population, but we're willing to bet a few of these recordings would show up on a great many "least favorite" lists.)

Coming in a regrettable first place was "Jingle Bells" by The Singing Dogs, a 1955 standard that many would rather relegate to the dustbin of musical history. Hot on its heels: "The Man With All The Toys" by The Beach Boys and "All I Want For Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth” by Spike Jones.

On the flipside, the company found the late Andy Williams’ "It’s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year" to be the crowd favorite. "You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch" also fared well.

Find the full list of least-liked holiday recordings—along with links to YouTube versions—below:

  1.  "Jingle Bells" sung (barked) by The Singing Dogs
  2. "The Man With All The Toys" sung by The Beach Boys
  3. "All I Want For Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth” sung by Spike Jones
  4. "Jingle Bells" sung by Barbra Streisand
  5. "Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer” sung by Elmo & Patsy
  6. "O Holy Night” sung by Cartman (Trey Parker)
  7. "Blue Christmas” sung by Seymour Swine & The Squeelers
  8. "O Come, O Come Emmanuel” sung by Neil Diamond
  9. "Deck The Halls” sung by Mannheim Steamroller
  10. "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus” sung by Little Jimmy Boyd

What's your least favorite holiday song? Why? Let us know in the comments! 

Zachary Nation November 27, 2012 at 07:46 PM
im shocked christmas shoes arnt on there
Michelle Karadimos November 27, 2012 at 08:10 PM
Only a hippapotomus will do!
Brandie Jefferson November 27, 2012 at 09:03 PM
What's Christmas Shoes? That one doen't sound familiar. Though maybe I've blocked it ...
EmilySC November 27, 2012 at 10:55 PM
"Last Christmas" by Wham! I don't like "bitter" holiday music!
George Young November 28, 2012 at 02:52 PM
Felice Navidad (not sure of the spelling); Song is poorly written; repeats and repeats and repeats. It's terrible.
Christopher George Dick November 30, 2012 at 07:06 PM
The hipaponums song

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