The official theme song of the holiday season has been ringing through our collective ears since the Queen of Christmas declared it was finally time to turn the volume up to 11 and get vocally festive. That was great news for the kind of people who get dhigh from hearing Mariah Carey sing in her upper registers about only wanting yOoOoOoOoOoOou on the morning of December 25th. But apparently for others, they’d rather trade places with grandma and get run over by that reindeer than listen to “All I Want for Christmas is You” one more time.
Standard UK reports that a poll was recently taken in Britain, and people voted Mariah’s “All I Want for Christmas is You” as the most annoying Christmas song ever. The poll was conducted by cellphone maker Huawei to promote the launch of their newest headphones, and people were asked which songs they could do without hearing during the holidays.
The results of the survey were released, and here are the 10 most annoying songs, as determined by a sample of the British public:
1. All I Want for Christmas is You – Mariah Carey
2. Do They Know It’s Christmas? – Band Aid
3. I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday – Wizzard
4. Merry Xmas Everybody – Slade
5. Last Christmas – Wham!
6. Fairytale of New York – The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl
7. Baby It’s Cold Outside – Tom Jones & Cerys Matthews
8. Santa Claus is Coming to Town – Jackson 5
9. Santa Baby – Eartha Kitt
10. Jingle Bells – Andrews Sisters
Here are the reasons why that survey should have been conducted by severe hearing loss specialists: numbers one through ten. Every one of those songs is a yuletide banger. The list is also very British (see: Wizzard and Slade), but that doesn’t mean their contributions to Christmas radio music are any more annoying that what we’ve got over here in North America. If we’re going to get technical about it, all those songs listed above should be disqualified as long as Justin Bieber’s Under the Mistletoe exists.
Plus, “annoying” might be the wrong word to use here. Overplayed? Perhaps. “All I Want for Christmas” has charted every holiday season since its release in 1994. Over 16 million copies have been sold in 25 years, and it’s the 11th best selling single of all time. Mariah has reportedly made $60 million off the song. If you walk into a Target, I believe you’re guaranteed to hear it played at least three times between your walk from the parking lot to the dressing rooms. And hearing the G-B-D-F#-G xylophone climb at the beginning might make you want to run directly to the Target Market Pantry and crack open a Wine Cube. But isn’t that just a side effect from the holidays in general?