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10 Most Annoying Songs of Holiday Radio

1. Burl Ives/Have A Holly Jolly Christmas


Total plays per season: 19,600

That damned didactic stop-motion snowman from Rankin/Bass' Rudolph: The Red Nosed Reindeer just doesn't die. At least Frosty has the common decency to melt away at the end of his song. Not this guy. He'll just make up reasons to talk about silver and gold, tacitly approve of North Pole bullying and glide around on his little snowflake Segway while every other poor schlub has to hire Yukon Cornelius to take them on a Quixotic passage across the North Pole. His repetitive little tune about knocking a couple back and forcibly kissing unsuspecting folks under the mistletoe is even less charming. Were the holiday season a just time, the Burl Ives snowman's holiday present would be a spot right in the middle of a park on some university's Fraternity Row. Let's see how holly and jolly you feel when your self-righteous, judgey behind is being used as a tackling sled or makeshift depository for processed "holiday cheer."

-- Written by Jason Notte in Boston.

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Jason Notte is a reporter for TheStreet. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Huffington Post, Esquire.com, Time Out New York, the Boston Herald, the Boston Phoenix, the Metro newspaper and the Colorado Springs Independent. He previously served as the political and global affairs editor for Metro U.S., layout editor for Boston Now, assistant news editor for the Herald News of West Paterson, N.J., editor of Go Out! Magazine in Hoboken, N.J., and copy editor and lifestyle editor at the Jersey Journal in Jersey City, N.J.
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