Glenn recently released his very first Christmas album, Believe Again, featuring nine world-class musicians of all different Christian faiths coming together to create and make music like you’ve never heard before. On radio this morning, Pat and Stu debated the best and worst Christmas songs – and, as you might expect, disagreements abounded.
The conversation started when Stu expressed his dislike of a Christmas classic: “Little Drummer Boy.” The song has enjoyed quite the resurgence this week, after a rendition by a cappella group Pentatonix went viral:
As Stu explained, the song is far too repetitive for his liking. Instead, he prefers the little known hit “I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas.” Pat and Jeffy weren’t impressed.
“During the break, Stu played a little bit of the song he was talking about,” Pat said. “It’s awful. I thought ‘Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer’ was bad. This is horrible.”
Check out the song in the clip below:
Pat proceeded to read a list of the 10 worst Christmas songs of all time as ranked by Slant Magazine. While neither “Little Drummer Boy” nor “I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas” made the list, Slant did dig up some truly terrible songs.
10. “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus” – Jimmy Boyd
9. “Dominick the Donkey” – Lou Monte
8. “Same Old Lang Syne” – Dan Fogelberg
7. “Cherry Cherry Christmas” – Neil Diamond
6. “Christmas Conga” – Cyndi Lauper
5. “Funky, Funky Xmas” – New Kids on the Block
4. “Boys and Girls (Xmas Time Love” – The Cheeky Girls
3.”Merry Christmas with Love” – Clay Aiken
2. “Please, Daddy (Don’t Get Drunk This Country)” – John Denver
1. “The Christmas Shoes” – NewSong
“And I hate ‘Santa Baby’ by Madonna or anybody who does it. Awful. Awful,” Pat added. “‘Santa Claus is Coming To Town’ by Bruce Springsteen that everybody plays 150,000 times during Christmas season. I hate it. And it’s the only one they play… And I don’t know what the fascination is with every top 40 station playing that in the world.”
“You are not a huge fan of the Santa-type songs,” Stu observed. “Sometimes you connect with certain songs, and that’s certainly natural. Obviously, I connected closely with the ‘I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas,’ which is, you know, a big time Christmas classic.”
…that no one has ever heard of.