I was dismayed the other day when I went into a department store and they were playing Christmas music. It almost made me want to leave the store...
I was dismayed the other day when I went into a department store and they were playing Christmas music. It almost made me want to leave the store. Every year it seems to get earlier and perhaps I am just an old humbug, but I wish we could get over Halloween and Thanksgiving before being assaulted with a constant stream of forced merriment. It like have a laugh track on real life. Be happy now!
That made me think about Christmas radio and how in the past some of the stations I listen to switch over to playing all Christmas music and then I saw an article on “The Street” that made me shudder – they have already started folks. In fact a station in Yakima switched over to its North Pole Radio format October 8th! The article reported that about 300 to 400 stations will adopt this format in any particular year. What is doubly depressing is that they have reduced their play lists from an average of 752 songs down to 694 so you know you will hear your worst nightmare songs more than ever! Now don’t get me wrong – I am not against Christmas songs and my personal library of Christmas music has several thousand tracks in it – but why do they have to limit it so much?
So – here is their list of the most annoying songs:
10: Leroy Anderson and The Boston Pops/Sleigh Ride
9: Jose Feliciano/Feliz Navidad
8: Band-Aid/Do They Know It's Christmas?
7: John Lennon and Yoko Ono/Happy Xmas/War Is Over
6: Bobby Helms/Jingle Bell Rock
5: Andy Williams/Most Wonderful Time Of The Year
4: Nat King Cole/The Christmas Song
3: Mariah Carey/All I Want For Christmas Is You
2: Brenda Lee/Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree
1: Burl Ives/Have A Holly Jolly Christmas
It appears that their list is based on the total number of plays but does not represent the ones I get tired (that is putting it politely) of hearing, such as Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer in its 5000 different forms. Which ones do you hate the most?Brian Bailey
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