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Christmas songs we all love to hate

Love these songs or hate them, chances are you know them

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Time Out Hong Kong

These guilty pleasure Christmas songs are overplayed, cheesy, or just straight-up cringe-worthy – but let's admit it, Christmas wouldn't be the same without them. Here are some of the most loved and hated songs you're going to be listening to this Christmas. By Cj Villaneuva and Time Out Hong Kong

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Christmas songs we love to hate

Oh Santa!

A new single to add to your overplayed playlist for the holidays. The queen of Christmas, Ms Mariah Carey, adds two angels to the Oh Santa! 2020 remix, a song that we first heard in her 2010 Xmas LP Merry Christmas II You album. The new rendition features Ariana Grande and Jennifer Hudson, and it's sure to fuel you until you bid adieu to the year that was. Trust us; you will keep rewinding this tune to the moment when - sorry J-Hud – Ari and Mariah's harmonized whistle saved 2020. 

All I Want For Christmas - Mariah Carey

All I Want For Christmas: Mariah Carey. A classic. Play it full blast and wait to hear live singing in the background – everyone seems to know the lyrics by heart. For annoying bonus points, check out the version featuring our one and only Justin Bieber.


Mistletoe - Justin Bieber

Speaking of Mr Biebs, Mistletoe is probably one of the most iconic songs for Christmas. If you repeat the song long enough, and perhaps with the help of some liquid courage, you may even find yourself getting cosy with someone special underneath the mistletoe – hey, dogs and mulled wine counts too okay?!

Feliz Navidad - Jose Feliciano

The only Spanish Christmas song we all know by heart because the whole song basically repeats itself. Let's be honest, repetition can get really annoying but hey, as Jose Feliciano says, 
Feliz Navidad - ah haaa!

Santa Claus Is Coming To Town – Mariah Carey

No offence Santa but when it comes to this Christmas tunes, Mariah Carey is a bigger icon than you! Here's another overplayed Christmas song from the singer's catalogue that – come this time of year – will be playing in every corner of the city. 

Let It Snow – Dean Martin

A song every Hongkonger who hasn't experienced snow sings with all their heart in hopes that it will snow at least once in their lifetime in Hong Kong. But, considering the rate of global warming, it seems very unlikely, so save the Earth people!


Drummer Boy – Jackson 5

The song is definitely leaving a drumming in our ears. We’ll be fine if we go one Christmas without hearing this…banger. Thanks.

Baby, It’s Cold Outside – Frank Loesser

There are so many renditions of this song we just don't even know where to begin. There's Idina Menzel and Michael Bublé, John Legend and Kelly Clarkson, the Glee cast or Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey (yup, remember that?). With everything that went on this year, for sure, various remakes will be invading the airwaves. 


Last Christmas – Wham!

Ah damn, here we go again...okay screw it. Laaast Christmas I gave you my heart, but the very next day you gave it away – don't forget the cheesy pointing and hand gestures!

Santa Tell Me – Ariana Grande

Ari released this one in 2014, and today, well, it managed to climb back up on the Billboard Hot 100 before the year ended. Oh, Ari how can we all resist to ask "Santa, tell me if he really cares, 'cause I can't give it all away, if he won't be here next year..."


Holly Jolly Christmas – Burl Ives

This is probably a song you heard your mother play on Christmas morning when you were a child. Then as the song repeats and repeats, you realise somehow you only ever manage to remember the first two sentences of the song, and so you keep singing along to just those two lines until you want to rip your ears out. Sound familiar? No? Okay, just us then.

8 Days of Christmas – Destiny's Child

Before there was Queen Bey, we had Destiny's Child, complete with Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams. Turn the volume up, see if you can resist trying to Google the lyrics just to jam with the song. Ooooh, doesn't it feel like Christmas! Yes, it feels like Christmas!

Get ready for the Christmas season

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