Shelby’s 10 Worst Christmas Songs: #10

Yep, I’m veering off-track a little from the Disney thing, mostly because we haven’t renewed our passes yet and I have nothing more to post about until I go back (hopefully Sunday, so a Monday post). In the meantime, I am going to entertain you with my opinions about holiday music.

I am a Christmas fanatic, for starters. And I have a HUGE Christmas Music collection, but let’s face it–there are some real duds out there, many of which constantly get played on the radio. And I, Shelby, am here to decry each and every one of them.

I’m going from least worst to most worst.

#10. Madonna’s Version of Santa Baby

This one still gets continual radio play, and a little part of me dies inside every time I hear it. Now let me first point out that the original singer, Eartha Kitt, does an amazing version. Like, the first version. You know, the good one.

The song itself is a woman listing all of the things she wants from Santa (diamonds, furs, etc.). It’s supposed to be sung in a sophisticated, flirtatious way, which is exactly what Kitt does. Here’s her version:

See? Isn’t that nice?

Unfortunately, the world should have left the song alone after Kitt recorded it. And this did not happen.

Back in 1987, a bunch of popular stars got together and recorded a charity Christmas album, which my brother happened to get as a gift. I think. Or maybe he bought it. I can’t remember. Anyway, my one big memory of this album was Madonna’s version of Santa Baby.

And that’s not a good memory.

Here’s Madonna’s version:

Rather than singing Santa Baby, Madonna sounds like a baby. And that’s not attractive. Not attractive at all. The baby talk just feels, like, creepy. And that’s not the kind of feeling I want from my Christmas music.

Plus changing the line from  “A ’54 convertible” regarding a car, to “An outer-space convertible” is just beyond ridiculous. I mean really? Outer space? Because seriously, a ’54 convertible in mint condition in 1987 would have been a lot more valuable than in 1955 when the song was originally recorded anyway. No need to be really lame like that.

Madonna should have left well enough alone. Instead she gets to be #10 on my worst Christmas songs list.

16 responses to “Shelby’s 10 Worst Christmas Songs: #10

  1. Karlie December 2, 2011 at 7:25 am

    Seriously LOVE this topic! I’m already sick of “Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons of Blue” and “So This is Christmas”. Quite frankly I don’t need help feeling guilty around the holidays!

    • Shelby December 2, 2011 at 10:28 am

      Thanks Karlie! I actually don’t mind the Lennon song because I like the little kids in the background singing “war is over” in a charming way. I just ignore the rest of the lyrics. And I’m also not a fan of “Pretty Paper” but it’s not so bad it makes my list. Still, I hope you enjoy the rest!

  2. aimeewrites December 2, 2011 at 4:23 pm

    Have you heard the new one this year? I must start by saying, I LOVE Michael Buble…but. His male-point-of-view version of ‘Santa Baby’ has me hitting the FF button on my car’s CD player every time. Yikes.

  3. Glendon Preece December 4, 2011 at 8:08 pm

    I loathe the Madonna version (and most anything Madonna related) Not a fan of the song in general.

    • Shelby December 4, 2011 at 9:56 pm

      As a child of the 80s I do have to admit a fondness for classic Madonna, but this song should be permanently shelved. Actually, like buried in a pit somewhere.

  4. MelindaB December 11, 2011 at 3:14 pm

    I don’t mind it so much–I consider it a Judy Holiday-esque type of song, but Eartha Kitt’s version is much better, I agree. I have Michael Buble’s Christmas CD, but have not listened to all of it yet. I have to agree that it seems an odd choice for him to sing.

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