20 Christmas Songs That Need Retire Forever

20 Christmas Songs That Need Retire Forever

We all know those annoying Christmas songs -- here the top 20 that need to get out of my life.

Christmas is right around the corner, and that means that stores are starting to decorate, and everywhere you go it is almost time to hear Christmas songs. This also means that soon you will be flipping through the radio stations and you will be hearing the beginning tones of Christmas. But there are some that we can all agree that need to get out and be retired - forever.

1. "All I Want For Christmas is You"

This is the biggest offender. This song seems to be played on repeat and it is rather annoying. Actually, I think ALL Mariah Carrey songs can just quit. Please and thank you.

2. "Last Christmas"

It really doesn’t matter who sings it, if it the original with Wham, or if it is Taylor Swift. We do not need a heartbreak song, it is Christmas!

3. "Christmas (Baby, Please Come Home)"

See the reason for "All I Want For Christmas Is You". Seriously, Mariah, GO AWAY, THE 90s are OVER!

4a. "Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer"

Just please, no.

4b. "Grandpa Got Runned Over By a John Deere"

Seriously, no.

5. ANY Justin Beiber Christmas song.

Please, spare us our eardrums.

6a. "12 Days of Christmas"

This is great, but can we please stop after, like, maybe five? I can never remember how many lords are leaping, or maids are milking, or even how many swans are swimming.

6b. "The Redneck 12 Days of Christmas"

As funny as it really is, we could just stop with the five flannel shirts.

7, "Santa Baby"

It doesn’t matter who sings this song it is gross and annoying. Oh, did I mention how disgusting this is? Can we not sexualize Santa Clause? Thanks.

8. "That’s Christmas to Me"

This is by Pentatonix, while they are very good and talented, this song just makes me cringe. They sound like robot carolers or like the Old Navy Mannequins singing. Please skip.

9. "Duck the Halls"

This is by the Robertson family; yes, the hairy people from Louisianna that have beards, wear camo, and have something to do with hunting. I mean, they do great with their Duck Commander stuff, the TV show was cringe-worthy, but singing? NO THANK YOU.

10. "Hairy Christmas"

Yeah, Robertson family strikes again. If you love Christmas music, don’t even venture to the far corners of YouTube to find this one. It is not even worth it.

11. "Rajin’ Cajun Redneck Christmas"

Still, by the Robertson family. These three songs listed are the worst on their album. They just need to stick to camouflage and beard growing.

12. "Leroy the Redneck Reindeer"

Redneck reindeer is quite out there for an idea, of course, the name Leroy is not one that you see too often. While this song could be good in theory, I don’t think it is one I will be singing with my children in the car in the near feature.

13. "Jingle Bells"

Seriously, the main chorus is fine, but you add on the rest it is bad. It has the same melody. When you learn piano, it is one of the first songs you learn because it is the same thing, over, and over, and over, AND OVER. Let’s just limit this to the kids, please?

14. "Christmas Shoes"

While this song is meant to show how Christmas can be for some, it is unbelievably sad. It is not something that I would consider a 'must listen to' so it feels like Christmas. Whenever I hear it I just end up bawling like a baby.

15. "Santa Looked A Lot Like Daddy"

Seriously, along the lines of "Santa Baby" can we please just not? It is incredibly odd and weird.

16. "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus"

See "Santa Baby's" explanation. Just let’s stop kissing all over Santa and really just being weird.

17. "You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch"

I get it, the Grinch is a Christmas movie, but do we have to play this song all the time. It really is not necessary.

18. "Christmas Tree"

Now, hear me out, the Lady Gaga version is what I am addressing here. It is really just a pathetic mess.

19. "Simply Having a Wonderful Christmas Time."

While this song will get you hyped, the first time you hear it, a couple weeks before Thanksgiving, you get really sick of it, really quickly.

20. "I Want A Hippopotamus for Christmas"

This song is cute and innocent, but after the 4th time of hearing it in three hours, it really just needs to quit. The singer's voice gets a tad annoying.

Enjoy every other song but these.

Merry Christmas!

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It does not effectively address mental illness, which is a major factor in suicide.

When I first started watching "13 Reasons Why" I was excited. I had struggled with depression and suicidal thoughts for a long time and thought this show would be bringing light to those issues. Instead, it triggered my feelings that I had suppressed.

With season two coming out soon, I have made up my mind that I am NEVER watching it, and here is why:

1. This show simplifies suicide as being a result of bullying, sexual assault, etc. when the issue is extremely more complex.

2. It does not effectively address mental illness, which is a major factor in suicide.

3. The American Foundation of Suicide Prevention has guidelines on how to portray suicides in TV shows and movies without causing more suicides.

"13 Reasons Why" disregarded those guidelines by graphically showing Hannah slitting her wrists.

4. It is triggering to those who have tried to commit suicide in the past or that struggle with mental illness.

5. It glorifies suicide.

6. It does not offer healthy coping solutions with trauma and bullying.

The only "solution" offered is suicide, which as mentioned above, is glorified by the show.

7. This show portrays Hannah as dramatic and attention-seeking, which creates the stereotype that people with suicidal thoughts are dramatic and seeking attention.

8. Hannah makes Clay and other people feel guilty for her death, which is inconsiderate and rude and NOT something most people who commit suicide would actually do.

9. This show treats suicide as revenge.

In reality, suicide is the feeling of hopelessness and depression, and it's a personal decision.

10. Hannah blames everyone but herself for her death, but suicide is a choice made by people who commit it.

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11. Skye justifies self-harm by saying, "It's what you do instead of killing yourself."

12. Hannah's school counselor disregards the clear signs of her being suicidal, which is against the law and not something any professional would do.

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14. To be honest, I didn't even enjoy the acting.

15. The characters are underdeveloped.

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17. There are unnecessary plot lines that don't even advance the main plot.

18. No one in the show deals with their problems.

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20. I find the show offensive to not only me, but also to everyone who has struggled with suicidal thoughts.

21. The show is gory and violent, and I don't like that kind of thing.

22. By watching the show, you basically get a step-by-step guide on how to commit suicide.

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23. The show offers no resources for those who have similar issues to Hannah.

24. It is not healthy for me or anyone else to watch "13 Reasons Why."

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26. Other characters don't help Hannah when she reaches out to them, which could discourage viewers from reaching out.

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It’s Mental Health Awareness Month and there’s so much more you could be doing instead of watching Season 2.

Last year in March, the first season of “13 Reasons Why” was released on Netflix. It was based on the book by the same title written by Jay Asher. There was so much controversy surrounding the episodes that told the tale of Hannah Baker’s struggle with relationships, friendships, mental health, and life in general.

Eventually, Hannah chose to commit suicide and leave behind 13 tapes for the people that impacted her life. A few weeks after the show was released, there was talk about a season two and after taking in the whole season, I knew that wouldn’t be a good idea.

I watched this series last year probably a week after it came out and after I had seen how much buzz was coming from it. I was aware it focused on suicide, a topic that can be extremely triggering for some individuals.

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Hannah listing her old friends as reasons for her death isn’t constructive. Displaying this for the watchers of the show isn’t healthy either.

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The first season of “13 Reasons Why” had disclaimers and hotline numbers at the beginning of the episodes, as well as a debriefing episode with the actors, directors, and other important people involved in the show. These things were appreciated from my standpoint, but I’m sure a lot of people didn’t even notice them.

A lot of the individuals that I have talked to have said that they were interested in the show for the drama, and who wouldn’t be? It was 13 episodes long, had suspense, pretty Hollywood actors and actresses, and it was focused on a topic that has been talked about in the media a lot lately.

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For a few weeks after the show aired, everyone on social media was talking about mental health and how Clay could have saved Hannah and how people need to look out for everyone’s mental health. After a few months, the hype died down and no one was talking about the show or the real problems acted out. I have a feeling this will all start again in a couple weeks.

The second season was released this past Friday on Netflix but it won’t be worth your time. If you want to actually do something for the people struggling with mental health, support organizations that distribute resources and information about counseling/therapy, medication coverage, as well as just spreading awareness.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month and there is so much to be done to help, educate, and destigmatize mental health.

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