Profession divided over Christmas tunes

The results are in: we present your most and least favourite Christmas songs

Earlier this month, AJP reported on a survey by the streaming service Soundtrack Your Brand, which looked at why shoppers and retail workers tire of Christmas music.

Only 56% of US shoppers admit to liking Christmas music, and that number drops to 43% in the UK.

Those working in retail aren’t keen either, with a full quarter saying too much Christmas music makes them feel less festive, and another 16% saying it impacts their workplace negatively.

The main reason for this dislike? Too many repetitions of the same song.

AJP asked which Christmas tunes get on your nerves, and the clear winner was All I Want for Christmas is You, with 13 votes.

Next up was Wham’s eighties hit Last Christmas with eight votes, followed by the season-inappropriate Frosty the Snowman, with six votes, and Band Aid’s fund-raising hit Do They Know it’s Christmas.

As for your favourite festive hits, the winner was Feliz Navidad, with eight votes, followed by the clearly divisive All I Want for Christmas is You, and The Little Drummer Boy, with six votes.

A couple of readers commented with tales of repetitive tracks.

“Amcal air, our music plays Christmas songs all the time from well into November,” wrote Brendan Power. “Bah humbug.”

Anne Todd told us that the Muppet Christmas album – “along with three or four other CDs in the stacker” – was good for keeping kids happy.

“But I agree you needed a mix of music and not all Christmas themed to make life bearable,” she wrote.

“Much like playing any of the 1980’s fragrance ads on a loop on the instore TV there are only so many times in an hour you can hear someone ask ‘have you seen Lou-Lou?’ with a French accent even if it was the best selling fragrance launch of the 80s.”

And Michael O’Donnell suggested we check out Science Christmas Carols, which are too good not to share again. Here they are, and from all of us at AJP, Merry Christmas and a happy New Year.


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1 Comment

  1. Troy Swindells-Grose

    Having worked on the Amcal AIR project, I know that the in-store boxes (by MOOD Media) are switchable – stores can choose their “stream” including non-Christmas music if they wish.

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