Around this time of year, we would love a portable mute button.
The holidays are supposed to be about spending time with family members and friends, stuffing our face with delicious grub and watching repeats of classic holiday movies. But somewhere in between all that, we have to deal with those annoying holiday songs that keep playing in retail stores and our heads over and over again.
In fact, earlier this month, annoyed customers at Shoppers Drug Mart complained to the store about playing Christmas music at the beginning of November — the store actually vowed to suspend all Christmas music "until further notice."
And look, we're not saying these are the only terrible holiday songs out there. We got a good taste of awful music about mashed potatoes and turkey with Nicole Westbrook's "It's Thanksgiving," last week.
So while some songs about Christmas, the holidays and its associated winter wonderland can be lovely, some of the options being blasted seem to the reason why noise-blocking headphones were invented.
Let us know, which holiday tunes drives you up the wall? We'll add them to our list.
WARNING: Your ears may hate you, but these are 10 of the most annoying holiday tunes out there:
You'll Never Be Alone On Christmas
<strong>WHAT IS IT:</strong> This is awful, but they get an "A" for effort. The good news is, this video was made simply in the name of comedy. Goldie Lookin Chain is a comedic rap music group based in Newport, South Wales. <strong>LYRICS:</strong> You don't have to worry It's Christmas time, everything will work out fine It's Christmas, it's Christmas Christmas time It's always Christmas on my mind
Drummer Boy Remix
<strong>WHAT IS IT:</strong> So last season, Justin Bieber and rapper Busta Rhymes got together and wrote a remixed version of 'Drummer Boy." This is what we were left with, awful rap verses by both dudes. <strong>LYRICS:</strong> Rum pa pa pum, rum pa pum pum pum pum. Yeah I'm on the drum, yeah I'm on the snare drum. Yeah I'm on the beat cause the beat goes dumb. And I only spit heat cause I'm playin' for the Son. Playin' for the King, playin for the Title, I'm surprised you didn't hear this in the Bible.
Wonderful Christmas Time
<strong>WHAT IS IT:</strong> Okay, we know it's Paul McCartney, but that's still no excuse. This song always seems to be stuck in people's heads during the holiday season — and that constant "ding dong ding dong" is just the worst. <strong>LYRICS:</strong> The word is out About the town To lift a glass Ah, don't look down Simply having a wonderful Christmas time Simply having a wonderful Christmas time
<strong>WHAT:</strong> This song seems beautiful, about a young man wanting to buy shoes for his mother. Sweet, we know. But singing about your journey to buy a pair of shoes for five minutes is pretty annoying. <strong>LYRICS: </strong> Sir I wanna buy these shoes for my Momma please It's Christmas Eve and these shoes are just her size Could you hurry Sir? Daddy says there's not much time You see, she's been sick for quite a while And I know these shoes will make her smile And I want her to look beautiful If Momma meets Jesus, tonight.
O Holy Night
<strong>WHAT IS IT:</strong> You know the classic, but not like this. According to the video, this song was shared online for years, but turns out, singer <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LiAuyM3gB5U">Steve Mauldin is the rightful owner.</a> <strong>LYRICS:</strong>O! Holy night! The stars, their gleams prolonging, Watch o'er the eve of our dear Saviour's birth. Long lay the world in sin and error, longing For His appearance, then the Spirit felt its worth. A thrill of hope; the weary world rejoices, For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.
Have A Cheeky Christmas
<strong>WHAT IS IT:</strong> Clearly this one has to be a joke — nobody wears shorts in a snowstorm. This number is performed by Romanian twins Gabriela and Monica Irimia, or The Cheeky Girls. <strong>LYRICS:</strong> Lots of wine and the boys get cheeky Oh baby baby Underneath the mistletoe Oops baby baby Getting sexy in the snow Yeah baby baby
I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas
<strong>WHAT IS IT:</strong> Realistically, this would never work. Who will take care of your hippo during the day? What will it eat? The singer's voice also makes us stop this track before even reaching the 10-second mark. <strong>LYRICS:</strong> I want a hippopotamus for Christmas Only a hippopotamus will do No crocodiles or rhinoceroseses I only like hippopotamuseses And hippopotamuses like me too!
All I Want For Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth
<strong>WHAT IS IT:</strong> There's a fine line between cute and annoying — and this is pretty annoying. And look, you can still wish someone "Merry Christmas" without your two front teeth. <strong>LYRICS:</strong> Gee, if I could only have my two front teeth, then I could wish you "Merry Christmas." It seems so long since I could say, "Sister Susie sitting on a thistle!" Gosh oh gee, how happy I'd be, if I could only whistle (thhhh, thhhh)
Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer
<strong>WHAT IS IT:</strong> Christmas is supposed to be about quality family time, not one of your oldest family members being trampled by a reindeer. <strong>LYRICS:</strong> Grandma got run over by a reindeer, Walking home from our house Christmas Eve. You can say there's no such thing as Santa, But as for me and Grandpa, we believe.
Marshmallow's Christmas Sock
<strong>WHAT IS IT:</strong> YouTube comedic web series <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jQnqyMOQmlA">The Annoying Orange</a> (the name says it all) put together a holiday song last year describing all things rainbow and puppies. Hey, we like the list, just not the voice. <strong>LYRICS:</strong> On the best day of Christmas My true love gave to me....... 12 rainbows raining, 11 pandas panting, 10 lambs-a-leaping, 9 kittens cuddling, 8 bunnies bounding, 7 puppies pawing, 6 penguins playing, 5 jack-a-lopes..... 4 chocolate Santas, 3 Pokemon, 2 Midget Apples, Midget Apple: Uuuuuuh....not again! And a unicorn that really loves meeeee!
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