horrible musicA couple of years ago I posed the question “what is your LEAST favorite Christmas song?” For some reason, that blog post has disappeared from my website, so I figured I should ask again. Here’s the poll – what horrible holiday song did I miss? And just to make it more interesting…

IdahoHoHo2012coverOn Thursday 12/20/12 at 7:00 central, I’ll draw one name from those who participate in the poll AND comment. The prize? A copy of the new IdahoHoHo CD (feat. my new Christmas duet with Jaime Thietten [listen here: Come to Us (O Little Town)] which is only available in Idaho at Moxie Java Coffeeshops with proceeds benefitting Idaho Food Bank!

Remember to comment after you take the poll so I’ll include your name in the CD drawing! (UPDATE: We have a winner! Congrats Leanne Watkins!)

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  1. CarolBeth says:

    My piano students Kaylee and Wesley just told me another that should be on this list: “Percy the Puny Poinsettia”. HOW could you have missed THAT one?

    P.S. Teir dad works at ECC. That’s all I’m sayin’!

  2. CarolBeth says:

    “What I want for Christmas”…I think it is that twangy ka-THUNK ka-THUNK ka-THUNK ka-THUNK beat thingie. Sigh. Grownup Christmas List. There’s some song sung by a lady…”The Christmas bells are ringing…there’s music…something something”…but it starts out with little kids singing, and they’re really Out Of Tune. Don’t remember the title. AUUUGH!

  3. betty driebergen says:

    I want ti win,

  4. I hate rockin around the Christmas Tree and that Mariah Carey Christmas song All I Want For Christmas Is You. The grocery stores play those all the time!

  5. Georgeann Manning says:

    I am sorry, but i cannot STAND “Grownup Christmas List” i don’t know why, but that song just grates on my nerves like no other. I hope this doesn’t make me look like a bad person….there is just something about that song….

  6. David Pitts says:

    Poor Grandma. Very sad event at Christmas.

  7. Jim Osborn says:

    “Little Drummer Boy” by most artists is horrid. However, Whiteheart did a wonderful version in the early ’90’s.

  8. Val Welch says:

    Thank you Kelly for pointing out the most annoying of all “:I want a Hippopotamus for Christmas” – who sings like that and gets recorded?

  9. Joel Peterson says:

    Idaho Ho Ho catchy but I like “You’ll put your eye out Ore Gun.”

  10. Don White says:

    Dominic the Italian Christmas Donkey — WORST of all time!

  11. Leah Goymer says:

    Least favorite is “Feliz Navidad”. Don’t know why, just find it highly annoying.

  12. Marlene Martinson says:

    I don’t like all I want for Christmas is my two front teeth because I prematurely lost one from falling out of bed and it took 2 years to get the other front one to come in when I as 10. I had one big tooth when I was 8 for awhile!

  13. Melanie says:

    My least favorite song isn’t on the list but it’s His favorite Christmas Story.Our family makes it a goal to not hear it on the radio every year.

  14. Kelley Reid says:

    I want a hippopotamus for Christmas is the absolute worst Christmas song of all time.

  15. Doug Weiss says:

    Scott, I voted for “My Two Front Teeth”. Scary. The Chipmunk version of this song makes it even more my least favorite

  16. Danielle B says:

    There are several on here that are not favorites-actually far from it. I would say up there are Grandma got run over by a reindeer and I saw mommy kissing Santa Claus

  17. Matt says:

    So many least favorites on there to choose from! It was difficult to choose just one. 🙂

  18. Dan says:

    I have never heard of the Wookie song but the title alone makes it top the list for me.

  19. Julie says:

    I’m with Jim – a dog barking a song is pretty lame, let alone trying to make it sound like a Christmas song. Some of these I’ve never heard of … Blessings!

  20. quite a few songs on the lsit that I hate, but I guess the one I like the least is grandma got run over by a reindeer,, why would anyone want to sing that.. and please don’t let daddy get drunk this Christmas, is so sad . these songs have nothing to do with the real meaning of Christmas

  21. Arlene Calague says:

    Grandma got runover by A Reindeer. I don’t know this song.

  22. Jim says:

    I second Sandra Snyder’s comment! “Please Daddy Don’t Get Drunk This Christmas” is truly wretched, no matter who sings it. My second vote would be “Little Drummer Boy”, but I ended up checking the dog bark “Jingle Bells” – ugh!

  23. Marilyn Barnes says:

    My least favorite is “And So This is Christmas” by the Beatles, followed closely by “Last Christmas.” I think the radio stations play it every hour – arghh!

  24. Michael Yotter says:

    I cant stand Christmas Shoes. I change the channel every time I hear it.

  25. Glenn Russell says:

    I’ve never heard the one about the Wookie either. I first heard the one about Grandma being run over by reindeer about 1978 or 1979. The tune is sort of catchey but the lyrics leave a lot to be desired.

  26. Brent Adamson says:

    there are many ‘bad’ ones that are not on this list. But I am sort of partial to songs that have Jesus words in them. Your new one with Jamie is great. We should do coffee sometime…

  27. Karen Stewart says:

    Oh my, I will have to Google and listen to “Please Daddy Don’t Get Drunk This Christmas” by John Denver. That sounds TRULY awful! Also, another possible addition is the “Jingle Bells, Batman Smells…” which kids sing ad nauseam this time of year. Ugh!

  28. Julie Parks says:

    I never heard of the two songs. Last Christmas by Wham and
    What can you get a wookie for Christmas

    they both sound kinda silly

  29. Jennifer Ellis says:

    Nothing is worse than Funky Funky Christmas by New Kids on the Block! (Although I loved it 20+ years ago!)

  30. Linda Fee says:

    My least favorite is Grandma Got Ran Over By A Reindeer,children don’t want to have that idea in there head.

  31. Linda Fee says:

    My least favorite is Grandma Got Ran Over By A Reindeer,children don’t want to have that idea in there head,I don’t think any of us do

  32. I have to say that Grandma got run over by a raindeer? Since I am a grandma, I wouldn’t like to get run over by anything!

  33. Leanne Watkins says:

    I’d rather get run over by the Reindeer song than be screeched at by the Chipmunks!

  34. Rik says:

    Yup that’s the one and the guy is a producer/arranger in Nashville the song was recorded at Oak Valley Studio in 1989

  35. Jack Lee says:

    This list is incomplete without “Santa Looked A Lot Like Daddy”.

  36. Linda Jackson says:

    I dislike 12 Days of Christmas because it is so repetitive, and by the time I get to day 8, I’m sure the song will never end. I’m always tempted to skip to #12, and forget the rest of the verses in between. (Are we done yet? Are we done yet??) 😎

  37. Carl Douthit says:

    “What can you get a Wookie for Christmas (When he already owns a comb)” is such a terrible example of species stereotyping. I’m surprised that you listed the entire title rather than referring to it as “The ‘W’ song”.

    But the song that I hate the absolute MOST is the version of “Walking in a winter wonderland” that refers to “walking ’round in women’s underwear”. The singer is terrible.

  38. Scott Riggan says:

    Felicia, I’ve never heard Dylan’s song. I’m almost afraid to look for it… Rik, is the O Holy Night the really awful church singer? I still have nightmares… Joe and Derek, I agree that both of those songs belong on the list. Sandra, I can’t imagine that a song with that title could be anything other than cringe-worthy… Keep ’em coming!!

  39. Jill says:

    Definitely Christmas Shoes. Makes me cringe and change the station faster than a lightning bolt!

  40. Felicia Powell says:

    How is it that no one’s mentioned Bob Dylan’s “Must Be Santa”???? Worst thing I’ve ever heard!!!

  41. Jeremy Wright says:

    I voted for “My Two Front Teeth” because of its repetitiveness, but my biggest peeve is that they play “My Favorite Things” on our Christmas playlist at work. Don’t really get that one…

  42. Rik says:

    Actually “O Holy Night” by Steve Mauldin
    Dominick the Italian Christmas Donkey
    Daddy’s Drinking Up Our Christmas

  43. Jason says:

    Grandma got run over by a reindeer.

  44. Susan says:

    I voted for one off the list; however, my least favorite is Drummer Boy. And sadly it’s because I was conditioned to not like it. My mother had to learn it for a music class in college (1964?) and didn’t like it. So growing up whenever we heard that song, we’d hear Mom saying, “Oh, I never liked that song.” She also doesn’t like the Chestnuts roasting on an open fire song either, but I do, so I sing it just to torment her. 😉 We really do love each other. 🙂

  45. Chris Lynch says:

    I was conflicted between grandma and jingle bell dogs, but decided at least the dogs are “singing” a real Christmas song. Grandma got run over is just morbid and has nothing to do with Christmas. Merry Christmas Scott!

  46. Kim says:

    It’s hard to pick just one, but the most annoying to me is the one I seem to hear everywhere I go — “Last Christmas.” Enough with it already!

  47. Gayle Nelson says:

    Any Christmas song sung by Johnny Mathis!

  48. Dennis Smith says:

    Jimmy Durante’s version is just awful and the song is not much better (no matter who sings it, unless it’s Scott riggan).

  49. Joe says:

    On the list I voted for “The Chipmunk Song”, but “I want a Hippopotamus for Christmas” would have topped that.

  50. Derek Helt says:

    I voted, by my absolute LEAST FAVORITE was not on the list: “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree.” That song has NO redeeming qualities whatsoever, in my opinion. 🙂

  51. Laura White says:

    Quite frankly, Scott, I haven’t heard at least one of these (What Can You Get a Wookie for Christmas {When He already Owns a Comb?}). Had I heard that one, my vote may have been different!!

  52. Sandra Snyder says:

    You missed the truly awful “Please Daddy Don’t Get Drunk This Christmas” by John Denver

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