Mariah Carey and The Pogues have been voted as having the most overrated Christmas songs of all time – and who are we to argue?
The voters have had their say, dubbing All I Want For Christmas Is You and Fairytale Of New York as equally overrated in the battle of the festive hits.
Pitted against songs including East 17’s Stay Another Day, Wham!’s Last Christmas, Slade’s Merry Christmas Everybody, and Shakin’ Stevens’ Merry Christmas Everyone, they scored 20% of the vote each.
It seems it’s time to unceremoniously chuck them off the playlist – and maybe replace them with a newer model for good measure.
Here’s how the classic Christmas tracks fared, when Metro.co.uk readers were asked what the most overrated festive song of all time is.
Mariah Carey – All I Want For Christmas Is You – 20%
Mariah Carey might be close to a UK number one this year, but clearly not everyone is a fan.
The queen of Christmas released her hit in 1994 and it’s been a staple every year since, including featuring in a heartwarming moment in beloved Christmas flick Love Actually.
The Pogues – Fairytale of New York – 20%
It’s a favourite for many, but evidently not for all as The Pogues’ classic hit comes in joint top.
Released in 1987, it’s caused controversy over the years with the use of a homophobic slur, causing Radio 1 to censor the lyric this year.
Band Aid – Do They Know It’s Christmas – 12%
Others have had enough of Band Aid’s track, written by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure, and released in 1984.
Nevertheless, it’s still been a huge success over the years, selling millions of records and being used in an iconic scene in the Gavin and Stacey Christmas special in 2008.
Cliff Richard – Mistletoe and Wine – 10%
It might be a staple, but plenty have had enough of Cliff Richard’s Christmas hit too.
Released in 1988, Cliff’s version popularised the song and changed the original lyrics to be a bit more religious.
East 17 – Stay Another Day – 9%
Is it a Christmas song? Does it just have some bells between the lyrics?
It seems some are ready for East 17’s hit, released in 1994, to get the chop from Christmas playlists.
Wham! – Last Christmas – 8%
Written by George Michael in his childhood bedroom, Last Christmas was released in 1984.
It’s since been covered by the likes of Billie Piper, Jimmy Eat World, Hilary Duff, Cascada, Ashley Tisdale and, absolute noughties icon Crazy Frog.
Paul McCartney – Wonderful Christmastime – 4%
Looks like Paul’s going to carry on having a wonderful Christmastime, after his Christmas hit scored a manageable 4%.
Released in 1979, it was an instant hit and was later covered by Kylie Minogue.
Slade – Merry Christmas Everybody – 3%
So here it is, Slade’s sticking around.
Released in 1973, and played at every Christmas party since, it doesn’t look like it’s going away any time soon.
Jackson 5 – I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus – 3%
Slightly creepy lyrics aside, it seems people are still a fan of the Jackson 5’s version.
Released as part of their 1970 Christmas album, it’s still just as loved 50 years later.
Jona Lewie – Stop The Cavalry – 2%
Jona Lewie has said his hit was never intended as a Christmas song, but that hasn’t stopped it being embraced over the festive season.
Released in 1980, it was aimed as a protest song, and ended up making up 50 per cent of Jona’s income stream.
Wizzard – I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday – 2%
Wizzard have clearly still got it, with their 2005 hit scoring just 2% of the vote.
It’s been a staple on every Christmas playlist, and isn’t going anywhere.
Chris Rea – Driving Home For Christmas – 2%
Is there any other tune to jam to in your car when you’re stuck in traffic at Christmas time? Absolutely not.
Chris Rea’s been the soundtrack to Christmas journeys since 1988 and we wouldn’t have it any other way.
Bing Crosby and David Bowie – The Little Drummer Boy – 2%
Pa rum pum pum pum!
Can’t say it’s not catchy, and clearly the 1982 version is still making its way onto Christmas playlists. Let’s not talk about the slightly cursed Justin Bieber version, though.
Brenda Lee – Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree – 1%
By 2008, Brenda Lee had sold 25 million copies of her 1958 hit, and for good reason – it’s still an absolute bop.
Alexa, play Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree.
Darlene Love – Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) – 1%
Mariah later covered Darlene Love’s 1963 track but nothing hits quite the same as the original.
Baby please come home!
Bobby Helms – Jingle Bell Rock – 1%
We’re still not sure what a jingle horse is but we’re willing to let this one slide.
The Mean Girls talent show routine using this 1957 hit makes up for it anyway.
Shakin’ Stevens – Merry Christmas Everyone – 0%
Is there a more feel-good tune out there?
Released in 1985, it was held back a year so as not to compete with Do They Know It’s Christmas
Andy Williams – It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year – 0%
An absolute classic!
Released in 1963, it sums up the festive period perfectly.
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