Best and Worst Christmas Songs Through the Years

Chance Simpson, Staff Writer

Tis’ the season. Everyone’s decorating, shopping, and 96.1, along with every store and restaurant, is back to playing Christmas music. The holidays just wouldn’t be the same without it.

During an interview with Catholic High junior Eli Floyd, he described Christmas music as “essential,” and I couldn’t agree more. To celebrate the holiday season, I’ve compiled a list of some of the best and worse Christmas songs.


Please Come Home for Christmas: Eagles

To me, this song is a true embodiment of what a Christmas song should be. It plays on your emotions, contains a catchy, but not overwhelming, jingle and is overall entertaining to listen to. This song is not overplayed, and each time it is played, it brings back memories of waking up early to see what was waiting for you on Christmas morning.

It’s Beginning to Look a lot like Christmas: Michael Buble

Michael Buble is one of the best Christmas artists; his voice lends perfectly to the classic songs and really puts you in the Christmas spirit. One of his best is “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas.” This is an essential song that is instantly recognized by almost any American, and for good reason.

The Christmas Song: Nat King Cole

When I am asked to think of Christmas music, this is the song that comes to mind. Just hearing this song makes me feel like I’m next to a warm fire while it snows outside, (even if it is 75 degree Louisiana weather). This song sat at number one for several years, it’s a true classic.



Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer: Dr. Elmo and Patsy Shropshire

A song about your grandmother getting trampled by reindeer while in the freezing cold. The lyrics are repetitive, it is overplayed, and it gets stuck in your head way too easily. Even NPR ranked this on their list of sad Christmas songs.

Mistletoe: Justin Bieber

Another sappy love song, but make it Christmas themed. This song has cheesy lyrics, repeats the same stanza several times, and sounds like every other Justin Bieber song from 2011.

Santa Baby: Eartha Kitt

This song has always just felt a bit off to me. Even as a kid, I always thought that she was a little too demanding of Santa, not to mention the fact that this song is played even more than “Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer.” Some people would consider this a holiday classic, but I think that of it as overplayed and lyrically unsettling.

Chance Simpson