(KXAN) – While there are many great Christmas and holiday carols, not all of the hundreds and hundreds of them can be winners.
The following five Christmas tunes are some of the most hated, based on a comb across social media. The songs with the most negative tweets made this list. You know them?
“Christmas shoes” – NewSong
“The one on the shoes and the dying mom,” said @blairlawdorf.
One of the most popular choices among Twitter users is the 2000 Christian / country hit “The Christmas Shoes” by vocal group NewSong. The ballad is about a boy trying to buy shoes for his terminally ill mother, but he doesn’t have enough money. Luckily, the song’s narrator spots her the money so that she can “be beautiful if mom meets Jesus tonight.”
Many think the song is too sad for the holiday season.
“The Christmas Shoes” was also adapted into a 2002 TV movie of the same name, starring Rob Lowe.
In a 2009 NBC DFW article, Greg Janda wrote: “… it’s a strange thought that the child would be more worried about how his mother looked when she was dead than spending time with her when they were last. Christmas together.
“Wonderful Christmas” – Paul McCartney
Even the goodwill of Sir Paul McCartney couldn’t save this synth-rich 1979 getaway from many people’s must-see list.
“Wonderful Christmastime” has been covered by several major artists, including pop stars Kylie Minogue and Harry Styles. Forbes estimates that McCartney has made around $ 15 million from the song since its release and around $ 400,000 to $ 600,000 a year in royalties.
The song is not without supporters, however.
“Paul McCartney didn’t have to go so hard with ‘Wonderful Christmastime,’ but he did. He did it for me, ”writes @alyssaliterally.
The song gained interesting attention in 2019 when a Twitter theory about “Wonderful Christmastime” went viral. It all started with Canadian actor Ryan George wondering if the song could really be about friends caught doing witchcraft and lying about what they were doing.
Judge by yourself !
“Mary did you know?” – Michel English
This 1984 Christian hit has become a Christmas standard for many churches in addition to popular radio. The solemn ballad – sometimes treated like a rock – questions the young Virgin Mary, mother of Jesus, on whether she knew that her perfectly conceived child would be the son of God.
“Mary did you know?” was hit for perceived redundancy, in addition to lyrics that many see as sexist and / or diminutive.
“It’s not even theologically correct! Yes, Mary knew, shut up! Reddit user u / Silver_kitty writes. “This is the purpose of the Annunciation! She has the entire Magnificat explaining that she understood what was going on and why. Mary is not an idiot.
Meanwhile, Christian scholar Mike Frost explains, “One of the most common expressions of everyday sexism is the infantilization of women. That is, treating adult women as if they were children. Infantilization is a way to control women and to perpetuate the myth that without a man (a father figure), they are unable to take care of themselves or exercise their autonomy.
But supporters of the song say the enemies are taking the issue too literally.
“Yes, she knew she was carrying the Savior of the world, but did not know the exact details of what He would do, such as how we cannot fully understand the glory + power of God,” writes @_chloe_rosie.
Resistant to criticism, “Marie, did you know? Remains popular and has been covered by country stars like Dolly Parton, Wynonna and Carrie Underwood. The song has also been covered with modified lyrics to bypass some of the tricky elements of the song.
“Mary did you know?” Also generates memes around this time of year, with people asking if “Mary knew” of various unrelated topics.
“Marie, did you know we tried to reach you regarding your car’s extended warranty,” writes @ PasteurLibrarian.
“Marie, Marie, Marie! So good to finally have you on the pod. Right between us, my daughter: did you know? »Jokes @kycarrerolopez.
“Santa Claus” – Eartha Kitt
Eartha Kitt, the original Live-Action Catwoman, brought anti-heroine sex appeal to her 1953 single hit, “Santa Baby,” which features her narrator urging a man – not actually Santa Claus – to buy her various luxury gifts for Christmas.
The song was notably covered by Madonna in 1987 – an even more sultry take on Kitt’s song – which the pop star delivers with a Brooklyn-accented baby voice. Thematically, the song is similar to Madonna’s previous hit, “Material Girl.”
AV Club writer Caroline Framke writes that Kitt herself was not a fan of the polarizing version of Madonna. And then Madonna sang it.
The alluring runway was also picked up by a variety of stars, including Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande, Gwen Stefani and pop icon Miss Piggy. Michael Bublé, one of the few male singers to cover the song, changed much of the song’s content for his 2017 cover, including replacing “Santa baby” with “Santa buddy”.
“Do they know it’s Christmas?” – Bandage
This 1984 charity pop single from supergroup Band Aid nearly topped the U.S. Billboard’s Top 10 (peaking at No.13) and raised significant awareness and relief funds for famine victims in Ethiopia, which was the inspiration for its creation.
But the road to hell is paved with good intentions, as many see the song as condescending and callous. “Do they know it’s Christmas?” describes the harsh conditions Ethiopians faced at that time, as the singers wonder if the hungry are able to enjoy the joy of Christmas.
“Even with the context of the Ethiopian famines in the 1980s, it sounds less like ‘We have to do something’ and more like ‘It sucks. Anyway, NOL! ‘ ” writing @ChrisVoiceman.
What’s that holiday song that gets you hooked? your ears?