Christmas Songs I Dislike

I know this post’s timing is a little weird given that last week I wrote about people who were looking for fights and ruining Christmas content for everyone else, so I’m starting this off by saying that though I dislike these songs, I’m not trying to get them off the radio and I’m not shaming anyone who likes them. There is a difference between ‘this is an inherently bad song’ and ‘this is a song I personally don’t like hearing’. Plus, this is my last post before Christmas, so now is the only relevant time to share it. I know it’s a little hypocritical, but it’s not my intention.

I’ve expressed a love for Christmas music before, and while I can happily have a Christmas radio station playing all day (I have it on all day at work), there are a few songs I don’t love. Not every song can be a hit or appeal to everyone.

Santa Baby‘ by Michael Buble

Even the Christmas music king can have some weak spots, and I think this song is one for Buble. Instead of flirting with Santa, he’s befriending him in a bromance way. It sounds good on paper because it is a unique twist on the classic song that I normally don’t mind, but this is just weird to listen to. It’s awkward. I mean, “Santa, pally?” It’s time to stop.
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I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas‘ by Gayla Peevey

I’ll admit that this song is cute in a kiddy kind of way and damn it if it isn’t catchy, but it’s also annoying and too silly. Why a hippo? I don’t know or care. I heard that it’s one of my most requested Christmas songs (on the station I listen to, at least) and that just boggles my mind because there are SO MANY better songs out there. I hate getting it stuck in my head.

All I Want For Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth‘ by various artists

Again, this is a cutesy novelty song that it’s just kind of annoying and I’d rather hear almost anything else. Are kids even that desperate for their front teeth to grow in?

Christmas Don’t Be Late‘ by Alvin And The Chipmunks

The Chipmunks are the ultimate form of annoying music. I am so thankful that trend of Chipmunking regular songs and uploading it to YouTube is over. If this song was sung with regular vocals, it could be decent, but instead we’re stuck with the screechy rodent voices.

Fairytale Of New York‘ by the Pogues

This song is somehow widely recognized as one of the best Christmas songs but I can’t fathom how because it’s not that great. The male vocals sound like the singer was tone-deaf and drunk, and it’s not really a pleasant song. I don’t mind the change in pace and the female vocals, but it’s not enough to make me enjoy it.

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My Favourite Things‘ from the Sound Of Music

My biggest beef with this song is that it’s not really Christmassy. It mentions a few things related to the season (snowflakes, mittens, sleigh bells…) amongst many other things (bee stings, roses, doorbells…), so I don’t qualify it as a reasonable Christmas song. It’s not a bad song, I just don’t want to hear it between November 15th and December 26th. Similarly, I don’t think ‘Hallelujah’ is a Christmas song at all, Pentatonix.

Last Christmas‘ by Victoria Duffield

I am not a fan of this girl’s voice at all, and so I certainly do not appreciate it in my favourite Christmas song. On top of that, the dance beat is just really generic and doesn’t fit in well with the song at all. It’s trying so hard to make the classic Wham! jam a dance song but it just ruins it for me.

 

The good news is that these songs don’t play that often. I did some light estimates (look at me, doing math!) and I think that this year I’ll listen to over 200 hours of Christmas music (just over 8 full days) and the above seven songs take up a small percentage of that time, so I think I’ll survive.

What Christmas songs do you not love?

 

And since, as I said, this is the last post before Christmas, I just wanted to wish everyone a good holiday! My family’s plans aren’t anything super wild, but it’ll still be nice to get some time off work and see some relatives.

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Why I Love Christmas Music

I was at a party last year and I was talking to this dude, a friend of a friend, and he mentioned how he could tell I didn’t like the super loud EDM that was blasting around us. He was right. He asked what music I was into and I told him: “Pop music. Like, radio stuff…Broadway musical soundtracks…and Christmas music.” He was kind of surprised. “Christmas music?” he asked. “I never heard anyone say they liked that.” I informed him that it was the best and every year I get hyped for it. I saw him at another party a few months later. He remembered me. “Oh, yes, you’re the one who likes Christmas music.”

I guess if that’s my social legacy, it’s pretty nice one. Better than sneeze girl (Just kidding, I am very proud of my sneezes! Keep an eye out for my 2017 sneeze count!).

A lot of people say they like Christmas music, though they mean that they don’t mind when it plays in the mall in December and they don’t mind hearing it on the radio when they drive to the grocery store. I don’t just like it. I love it. As soon as my local radio starts Christmas music (mid-November), my radio does not turn off unless I’m asleep or I’m watching TV. I know every song. I know the lyrics to every song. I can recognize every version within seconds. I never tire of hearing them.

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And it’s weird because as that guy at the party said, most people don’t really love Christmas music like this. But I’ve been thinking about why I love it. What is it about Christmas music that makes me and some other people love this specific genre so much?

I think it’s because it’s so encompassing. There are happy songs and sad songs and religious songs and funny songs and upbeat songs and slow songs and songs that aren’t even about Christmas and songs about snow and songs about sand and ethnic songs and lyric-less songs and old songs and new songs and so much more.

And there are so many covers and versions that the genre never gets stale. It’s so great that known singers and up-and-comers can share in the holiday cheer. (Related: this post on non-traditional Christmas jams)

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I guess I just love that for a little over a month, radio stations dedicate themselves to playing solid holiday music and that even the sad ones still make me feel happy because they do represent Christmas and all it has to offer. For a whole month, I don’t have to hear annoying auto-tuned songs about binge-drinking and whatever other nonsense pop and rap music is about these days and enjoy the happy, simple themes of Christmas music.

Christmas music is, for the most part, pure, and I am thrilled that though music changes and styles change, Christmas music stays the same.

And that is why I love Christmas music and always, always will. My passion for it matches and even surpasses that of Dwight’s.

Do you love Christmas music? On a scale of 1 to 10, how much do you love it? What’s your favourite Christmas song?

P.S. Also leaving this here…can you help me find this Christmas song? I’m pretty sure I made it up, but just in case…

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7 Songs That Made Me Cry

Grab some tissues because I don’t mess around.

I’ve probably mentioned it before but I don’t cry often. Like sure, I’ll cry at series finales and when beloved characters die, but there are a lot of movies or deaths or scenes where I am not even a little weepy.

Songs are powerful, we all know that, but for a song to take a person and make them cry in approximately three minutes is insane, and especially when that person is me. But they’re so good that I keep listening and keep crying. The circle of suffering. So I figured I’d share these heartbreaking songs for two reasons. One, so you can cry with me.  And two, to introducing y’all to new music that I love. If you’re brave enough or got that waterproof mascara on, click play and listen to these songs that I managed to break through my shell and punch me in the heart.

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‘Supermarket Flowers’ by Ed Sheeran

Ed has such a lovely voice but this song is haunting. So slow and sad with those “oooooohs”. You can just hear the heartbreak. The moment that gets me: the change in tense at the end because that’s a moment, when it comes to people dying, that makes it real.

‘So Big / So Small’ from Dear Evan Hansen

Rachel Bay Jones deserves that Tony solely for this song. I’m not a mother so I can’t even relate on that level, but even imagining what this character felt in that moment makes me cry. The whole musical is about being alone as a teenager and Evan’s hardships but this is a moment where you see how much adults like his mom struggled and still struggle. The moment that gets me: when little Evan asks if another truck will take his mom away too.

‘Christmas Shoes’ by NewSong

I love Christmas music but this song is not a cheery one at all. As soon as I hear that piano at the start I know I’m in for a ride. Christmas is a time for joy and this song is a stark reminder that it’s also a time for giving and sharing because it can really make a difference. The moment that gets me: when the choir sings in the background and then when the kid sings at the end.

‘Me And The Sky’ from Come From Away

This musical is full of sad and sweet stories and moments that’ll make you tear up, but none more than this song. The first three quarters of the song are positive and inspirational (which, if I’m being honest, makes me cry a little too, but happy tears) and then it just shifts and becomes so much more and so much more real and you can’t help but cry as you hear this character’s perspective on such a tragedy. The moment that gets me: when she mentions the bomb and the music just stops.

‘If You Say So’ by Lea Michele

Okay, I was a huge Glee fan, so when Cory Monteith died, it changed everything. And then a few months later Lea Michele, his girlfriend and co-star, releases this song and it’s just so real and as a fan I can’t help but cry. His death was tragic and amid such a fun album, there’s this song that was added late but holds so much emotion. And it’s based off of their real life last conversation, so it’s even more heartbreaking. The moment that gets me: the bridge because it gets faster like a rush of emotions.

‘It’s Quiet Uptown’ from Hamilton

All the rap and revolution in this show, and then there’s this song: slow and soft and just heartbreaking. The harmonies are perfect and having the ladies sing some parts and the men sing other parts make it so much more deep. The death of a child is something no parent should go through, so having to hear Alex and Eliza go through it is just so sad. The moment that gets me: when it slows down again Angelica sings some more.

‘Piece By Piece’ by Kelly Clarkson

Kelly Clarkson has a beautiful voice and it makes this song so much more sad. When she sang this on American Idol, it was so moving. The arrangement on the piano is perfect and I’m so glad they released a studio version of it. The moment that gets me: when she sings about her daughter and how she’ll have a better life.

I’m not ashamed to admit that these songs made me and some still make me cry. They’ll probably make you cry, too after a few listens. Pay attention to the lyrics because they are what got me. And because I shared my sad songs, if you’ve got a song that makes you cry, let me know so I can listen to it. Spread the tears!

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3 Songs I Relate To On A Deep Level

Do you ever hear a song and the lyrics just speak to you? Like the songwriter reached into your specific soul and then wrote a song? I know a lot of songs are purposely general so many people can connect to them, or connect to parts at least, but once in a while I find a song that could have been written by me because it’s just so…perfectly perfect.

I think it’s brilliant that I can find songs that really define me. So here are three songs in no particular order that I relate to on another level.

1. ‘Here’ by Alessia Cara

I like going to parties. I have one friend who is great about inviting me out when he can and I always have a good time, but really, it’s not my scene. Those parties are always too loud and I hate the EDM music and I never drink enough to really have fun. I’m always Party Mom, but I’m okay with that. So the fact that a young, up and coming artist like Alessia Cara would release a song about not liking such a huge part of youth culture is really cool. She expresses herself honestly but not rudely. Really, I’m just glad to get an invite, so I’ll go and play Kings Cup and make small talk with randos, but it’s not what I’d rather be doing.

2. ‘When He Sees Me’ from Waitress The Musical

This is my favourite song from this show, which by the way has an amazing soundtrack, so huge shoutout to Sara Bareilles for her fantastic music ability. But this song! I totally understand Dawn’s fear of putting herself out there and her fear of rejection as well as love. Do you ever really know a person? I’ve seen enough episodes of Who The Bleep Did I Marry? to know that you really can’t be too careful. But this song is just so beautiful and fun and deep and hopeful and real. This expression of emotions is so fresh and relatable. There needs to be more characters like Dawn out there.

3. ‘As Long As There’s Christmas’ by Aselin Debison

I love Christmas. I love everything about it. That will never change. I love Christmas music and this song is such a fun, sweet song that really sums up how much this holiday means to me and how I’ll always look forward to it with a childlike glee. She mentions so many lovely and heartwarming parts of the season and they’re all parts I and surely many others love too. This isn’t my favourite Christmas song, but it speaks to me the most and I always turn up the volume each time it comes on. It’s a happy song and I love that.

What songs speak to you? Feel free to send me a link so I can hear them and get to know you better. Songs are able to express feelings and notions in such a unique way, so I think it lucky to be able to find a few gems that you really identify with.

That’s all for now!

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Help! I’m Looking For A Christmas Song!

Here I am, a lowly blogger, trying to harness any readers and the internet to help me with a mission that I’ve been on for years. I’m at the point where a part of me believes the song I’ve been looking for never existed.

Here’s the story:

I remember sitting on my bed listening to the radio on my purple stereo and hearing a Christmas song that I fell in love with. I remember finding it on iTunes, but I never bought it. That is my biggest regret in life.

At some point, maybe a year or two later, I tried to find that song again. Only I never could. I’ve scoured the internet, used every song search engine, made pleas on Yahoo Answers, emailed radio stations and much more. I still can’t find the song. It doesn’t help that I remember very little about the song, and as years go on I probably forget more. Either way, I’ve spent hours and hours looking for this song. This paragraph doesn’t even come close to explaining what I’ve done in my searches or how dedicated I’ve been every holiday season. Just trust that the struggle has been real.

This year, I’ve reached my limit. My breaking point. I’m going to give up. This post is my last shot in the dark to finding the song and if this fails then I’m going to live my life pretending that the magical missing song never existed. A minor Matrix flaw, perhaps.

But here’s what I remember of the song, and if you know it, or know of a way to find it, please please please leave a comment or contact me.

  • I heard it in either 2008 or 2009.
  • It was upbeat, but not a dance song. Pop-ish genre.
  • I’m pretty sure it had male and female vocals, but I don’t know if it was a duet, or a male band featuring a female or vise versa.
  • It was an original song.
  • It was a happy Christmas song.
  • There was a lyric that was sort of like “why is it only once a year that the family gathers” but that is likely off a bit. I’ve searched for variations and had no luck.
  • I want to say that the iTunes album art had a picture of a fireplace but I think I may have made that up.
  • I heard it on a Canadian radio station so it may be a Canadian song, which may explain why the general Internet hasn’t heard of it.

That’s literally all I remember. It’s not a lot, but it’s all I have. There are eight billion people on this planet, so someone’s got to know.

It’s been six or seven years that I’ve been hunting for this song, so please help me if you can. Sharing this post with others can also help, so please do so.

Thank you in advance for your help. Even reading this post is helping, and I am grateful for that much.