For the first Totally True Fact Tuesday December (since last week’s was not published due to illness, in itself a rare occurrence, since it took a massive sinus headache to halt publication), my most disliked Christmas songs!
I have a long list of Christmas songs that I love, but a much shorter list of songs I don’t. It’s not that I have anything against people liking these songs, since they’ve obviously endured the test of time for some, but I just have a harder time stomaching them.
Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer
Artist: Elmo and Patsy
Ugh, this has to be one of the worst Christmas songs (at least, in my humble opinion) ever. Recorded in 1978 by husband and wife Elmo and Patsy Shropshire (who divorced in 1985), the song tells the story of what happens when Grandma leaves a Christmas Eve gathering while off her medication and with spiked eggnog in her system. No one seems to really care or mourn Grandma’s strange demise, aside from wearing black on Christmas Day.
People love this song, and I can’t figure out why. It’s strange, and the hokiness factor just…irks me. I can’t think of a better word for it, really. I just intensely dislike this song.
Oh, and if the point really needs to be driven home as to how much this endured the test of time, there was a Christmas movie of the same name in 2000, the song was re-recorded in 1992 AND 2000 (why?!), AND there’s a sequel song (1992’s “Grandpa’s Gonna Sue the Pants Off of Santa”).
Honestly, I thought it was a joke until I saw the sheer amount of stuff surrounding what is essentially a Christmas novelty song.
This song is on my Now That’s What I Call Christmas compilation, and it is the one I always skip over.