If you aren’t sick of Christmas music yet, chances are you will be by the time Christmas actually rolls around. We decided to list our favorite holiday song (yes, it can be a holiday other than Christmas), our favorite non-traditional holiday song, and the holiday song that never should have been made. Paul McCartney, you’ve been warned.


If you aren’t sick of Christmas music yet, chances are you will be by the time Christmas actually rolls around. We decided to list our favorite holiday song (yes, it can be a holiday other than Christmas), our favorite non-traditional holiday song, and the holiday song that never should have been made. Paul McCartney, you’ve been warned.

Danielle Bouchat, reporter
Favorite: “Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas.” Absolute favorite, it totally puts me in the Christmas spirit.
Non-traditional: “The Hanukkah Song” by Adam Sandler. This song is all about the perks of celebrating this eight-day long holiday!
Never been made: “Wonderful Christmastime” by Paul McCartney. Paul, you’ve done me wrong with this one.

Jennifer Dailey, reporter
Favorite: “White Christmas,” as long as Otis Redding or Bing Crosby is singing.
Non-traditional: Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas.” This song always gets me in the holiday spirit!
Never been made: Madonna’s version of “Santa Baby” just annoys me.

Sarika Jagtiani, arts and culture writer
Favorite: I get teased for being indecisive, but I really can’t choose between “What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?” by Ella Fitzgerald, “O Holy Night” by Mahalia Jackson, “Santa Baby” by Eartha Kitt, and “Last Christmas” by Wham!
Non-traditional: “Millionaire’s Holiday” by Combustible Edison.
Never been made: “Wonderful Christmastime” by Paul McCartney and Wings. This is the musical equivalent of a lump of coal in the stocking.

Christine Miller, reporter
Favorite: It may not seem like a traditional Christmas song but I always look forward to hearing the “grocery store Christmas song” which is what I always called Dan Fogelberg’s “Same Old Lang Syne.” It’s about two exes that run into each other at the store and proceed to split a six-pack of beer in the car to catch up.
Non-traditional: I love The Killers’ take on Christmas cheer with their song, “Don’t Shoot Me, Santa.” It’s just so absurd and funny without a hint of the sappiness that pervades most holiday songs.
Never been made: I was only recently introduced to the holiday song that should never have been made: “Dominick the Italian Christmas Donkey.” I love donkeys, but this song and it’s repetitive “hee haw, hee haw, hee haw” is enough to drive anybody to a Christmas that’s heavy on drinking and light on cheer.

Antonio Prado, reporter
Favorite: “Christmas Cannon” by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, with the guest appearance by the boys choir. Trans-Siberian Orchestra was known for its hard rock sound, but they stayed true to classical composer Johann Pachelbel’s “Canon in D Major” in this wonderful interpretation.
Non-traditional: Adam Sandler’s “The Hanukkah Song.” This is just a fun song that gives a Jewish perspective on the holiday season and makes me realize why some people stick to saying “Happy Holidays.” One of my favorite lyrics, since I used to watch both “Happy Days” and “Sha Na Na,” are: “Guess who eats together at the Carnegie Deli? Bowser from Sha Na Na and Arthur Fonzerelli.”
Never been made: “Grandma Got Ran Over by a Reindeer.” The song was funny for a short time when it first came out and you were in grade school. But, now the song makes me feel like my teeth are being dragged across asphalt.