Endless Holiday Jingles: Christmas Songs We’re Sick of Hearing

By Sarah Fielder
Staff writer

Winter is, arguably, the most wonderful time of the year. However, for music lovers, it might be the worst.

Every year on the day after Thanksgiving, I turn on my radio only to find Christmas songs playing. And each year I frantically search for radio stations that have not yet become obsessed with the festive music.

Some holiday songs are repetitive, others overplayed and many over-covered by various artists. Here I have compiled a list of five songs that take over the radio airwaves each December.


  1. “The Twelve Days of Christmas”

“The Twelve Days of Christmas” is one song that has been covered by a multitude of artists in a variety of genres. Variations of the song include the fast-paced “The Twelve Pains of Christmas” recorded by Bob Rivers in 1987 and the humorous “Twelve Days of Christmas” recorded by John Denver and the Muppets in 1979, according to Music Times and YouTube. While individually these songs are enjoyable, is it necessary for there to be another song about the twelve days of Christmas?


  1. “Dominic the Donkey”

This tune was originally released in 1960 and was performed by Lou Monte, according to Today’s 101.9. It is an upbeat song with donkey noises scattered throughout. Another version of the song was “Dominick the Donkey,” recorded by The Hillbilly Southern Players and released in 2014, according to Amazon. While this song is amusing, the donkey noises can cause headaches.


  1. “Frosty the Snowman”

Another over-covered song is Gene Autry’s “Frosty the Snowman,” first recorded in 1950, according to Songfacts. Despite no mention of any holiday in its lyrics, the tune is played throughout the holiday season, perhaps because of the popularity of the children’s animated movie “Frosty the Snowman.” Other artists who have covered the song include Perry Como in 1957, Johnny Mathis in 2003 and Kimberly Locke in 2007, according to Songfacts.


  1. “The Christmas Shoes”

NewSong recorded “The Christmas Shoes” in 2000, according to Songfacts. This slow song tells the story of a boy who wants to buy shoes for his dying mother. While the song is sweet, it is five minutes long with little variation in lyrics, and the instrumentals compete with the voice of the lead singer.


  1. “All I Want for Christmas” Songs

Spike Jones & His City Slickers first recorded “All I Want for Christmas is my Two Front Teeth” in 1947, according to YouTube. Other songs that followed the same theme include Gayla Peevey’s “I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas,” from 1953, and the Alvin and the Chipmunks’ “The Chipmunk Song,” first recorded in 1959, according to YouTube. However, the most notable song of this type may be Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas is You,” which was released in 1994, according to YouTube. All of these songs are overly catchy and can easily get stuck in someone’s head, especially when played as often as they are.

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