Fairytale Of New York to Last Christmas: What's the most overrated festive hit?

It’s the most wonderful time of the year – and with the start of December comes the barrage of Christmas songs.

Whether it’s the on the radio, while you’re out doing your Christmas shopping, or sticking on your favourite Christmas hits playlist, festive tunes are a little hard to avoid – especially with even more being released this year.

Everyone’s got their favourites, and the ones they absolutely can’t stand.

So, we here at Metro.co.uk are on a mission to find out the most overrated Christmas song of all time so you can rid your playlists of it once and for all!

Fairytale Of New York – The Pogues

It might be the most debated Christmas song of all time, due to a homophobic slur, with the conversation coming back to haunt us every year.

This year, the Pogues’ hit has been censored on Radio 1, with the BBC recently doubling down on its decision.

All I Want For Christmas Is You – Mariah Carey

Mariah Carey’s classic tune might be in line for its first ever UK number one this year.

It’s been in our heads every year since its release in 1994 (definitely not helped by the cover in Love Actually), but is it time to leave the hype behind?

Do They Know It’s Christmas? – Band Aid

Despite being for a good cause, the Band Aid Christmas tune certainly has some strange lyrics.

However, that hasn’t stopped the British public obsessing over it, with James Corden’s rendition in the Gavin and Stacey Christmas special being a particular highlight.

Last Christmas – Wham!

Last Christmas always adds a spot of heartbreak into any Christmas playlist, with George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley’s hit prompting a sing-a-long with every play.

But, 34 years after its release, has it become a little overrated?

The Little Drummer Boy – Bing Crosby and David Bowie

It’s a Christmas classic but, for millennials and Gen Z, Angela Kinsey’s performance in the US Office probably comes to mind.

There’s no getting the ‘Pa rum pum pum pum’s out of your head, but is this one that needs to be chucked from the playlists?

Merry Christmas Everybody – Slade

It’s a Christmas party staple, but has Merry Christmas Everybody had its day?

There’s no faulting the ‘IT’S CHRISTMAAAAAAAAS’ scream at the end though.

Driving Home for Christmas – Chris Rea

Chris Rea’s dulcet tones have certainly seen us through a Christmas drive or two.

However, like many Christmas songs, it hasn’t aged too well in the coronavirus era – is this year the time to ditch this festive hit?

Merry Christmas Everyone – Shakin’ Stevens

It’s another undeniable classic, but it’s possible it’s been a bit overplayed over the years.

It might be time for Shakin’ Stevens to get the boot.

Jingle Bell Rock – Bobby Helms 

Yes, it was the soundtrack to one of the most iconic dances of all time – the Mean Girls talent show.

But does anyone really know what those lyrics mean? Pray tell, what is a jingle horse?

I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday – Wizzard

It’s a tune and a half, but Wizzard’s festive classic is undoubtedly ill-advised.

Turkey every day? We’ll pass on this one.

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year – Andy Williams

This song is so determined to tell us that it’s the ‘hap-happiest season of all’ that we’ve started doubting it.

We love Christmas as much as the next person but it might be time to lose this classic.

I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus – The Jackson 5

It took some of us way too long to work out that this song is nowhere near as creepy as it sounds, but it still might be time to leave it behind.

Far too much talk of tickling. Next!

Mistletoe and Wine – Cliff Richard

Is this one an instant skip for you? It certainly slows down the Christmas playlist, but does give off a bit of a sleepy vibe.

Ironically, it’s probably not a good idea to pair it with a glass of wine unless you’re planning on snoozing in your armchair.

Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) – Darlene Love

It’s been 57 years since Darlene’s original version was released, but does it still hold up?

There are 18 mentions of the word ‘Christmas’ (yes we did count), but is that enough to keep it in the playlist?

Wonderful Christmastime – Paul McCartney

Was Christmastime a word before this song, or did Paul McCartney invent it to make his syllables work?

We may never know.

Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree – Brenda Lee

Are there only so many times one can rock around the Christmas tree?

Brenda Lee’s hit was first released a whopping 62 years ago – but is it enough of a tune to keep its place?

Stop the Cavalry – Jona Lewie

It only mentions Christmas right at the end, so this one is on thin ice.

Is it catchy enough to save?

Stay Another Day – East 17

Despite traditionally being classed as a Christmas song, Stay Another Day has no mention of Christmas, potentially making it the Die Hard debate of festive songs.

It’s been described as ‘one of the greatest Christmas number ones of all time’ but only time will tell if that’s true.

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