Christmas music has a mission to make its listeners feel warm, cozy, and joyful; but for those who enjoy being bahumbugs all year round, this overly cheerful music just sounds like annoying, white noise that starts playing on the morning of November 1st.
The debate on whether holiday music is overrated or not is an old argument that will never end, because even though many people despise its sound, it’s popularity simply continues to grow.
Nowadays, it is hard to find a popular musical artist who hasn't either covered or made a Christmas song. This list of festive singers ranges from Mariah Carey, Ariana Grande, Justin Bieber all the way to artists such as Snoop Dogg, My Chemical Romance, and Alice Cooper. This odd list of diverse artists also proves that Christmas music does not simply infiltrate one genre.
As a whole this music is extremely overrated. There are so many other aspects of Christmas that are much more enjoyable than its music, but somehow it continues to be the main aspect that people can not escape from. It will find its way slowly but surely onto every radio station, making no car ride or supermarket trip untouched by its jolliness.
With all this being said, there are specific holiday songs that are more overrated than others and make me want to protest Christmas every time they are played. Songs such as "It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas,” "Last Christmas,” "All I Want For Christmas,” are some of the most overplayed and most over rated Christmas songs.
Christmas music has a similar feel to elevator music with its repetitive soft instruments and the ability to drift off in the background. This is nice to hear in the places you expect to hear it like an elevator or on the radio on Christmas eve.
However, there is one glorious side of Christmas music that will forever be refreshing to the ears, which are the beautifully underrated, parody and
anti Christmas, Christmas songs. For all of the people who feel like the Grinch of your family for despising Christmas music, I highly recommend an anti-Christmas song, because by the end, you will feel understood. Some of my favorites that I would recommend are “This Christmas (I’ll Burn It To The Ground)” by Set It Off, "The Season's Upon Us' ' By Dropkick Murphys, and the whole Nightmare before Christmas soundtrack. However, I don't recommend listening to very many of these types of songs out loud with your family members, unless you can find clean versions.
Overall Christmas music has a place and it serves its purpose, but it has become so largely popularized in mainstream media that the season of holiday music now seems never-ending. So good luck to all of the Christmas music haters, and I hope you find a way to survive yet another year of Jingle Bells and Santa Clauses coming to town.