Having worked a number of Christmas seasons in retail over the years, Christmas music was shoved down my throat very early in the season and most of it was really, really bad. It's not surprising that I have a particular distaste for most of what you hear on the radio or in stores.
I won't list my all-time LEAST favourite Christmas songs as there are far too many, however I do have a small favourite list of Christmas songs. All are original songs by these artists that you will very rarely hear in any store while Christmas shopping or on the radio.
#5. Christmas Lullaby by Shane MacGowan. Best known for another Christmas song with the Pogues, but this is worthy of a top 5 as well.
#4. Merry Christmas I don't wanna fight tonight by the Ramones. They've always had a sense of humour.
#3. Christmas in Prison by John Prine. "Turkeys and pistols carved out of wood"...love it.
#2. Christmas in Washington by Steve Earle. This is a duet that I just heard with Joan Beaz that I'd never heard before. Very haunting.
#1. Fairytale of New York by The Pogues. A brilliant timeless classic. The video below is great, but I also like this live version.
Thoughts?...have I left out any?