Maybe it’s the repetition, or maybe the obligatory cheeriness, but there’s something about hearing holiday songs that you don’t like that rankles much more deeply than other assaults on the senses. We asked listeners to share their favorite seasonal tunes on our Facebook page, along with the ones they hate.
My personal favorites fall into a few categories. Joni Mitchell’s “River” reminds me of a time in my life when angst and melancholy had a certain appeal. John Lennon’s “Happy Xmas (War is Over)” still fills me with hope and makes me misty.