Is Christmas Music Overrated?


Ariah Whitlow, Editor-In-Chief

It’s that time of year where we give gifts to loved ones and spend quality time together, but Christmas also brings us one more thing. That thing is Christmas music. The constant playing of Christmas music tends to prove that it’s one of the most popular genres in the world, especially through songs like “All I Want For Christmas Is You” by Mariah Carey and “Last Christmas” by Wham!— but just how popular are they? Many think that Christmas music is overrated.

There are millions of existing Christmas songs, many of which seem to be played on radio stations 24/7. There are even radio stations that specifically play Christmas music during the holiday season. There will always be new songs or albums coming out, with new artists emerging to be known for their holiday music. However, there isn’t much left to sing about on the subject of Christmas. What more is there out there for the new artists to sing about other than what has already been sung? Many are known for singing previously written Christmas music, recreating a popular Christmas song to fit current times.

Artists cover these songs in hopes for a radio hit, much like the Taylor Swift and Ariana Grande covers of popular Christmas song “Last Christmas” by Wham! or many of Michael Buble’s popular covers, like “White Christmas,” “Winter Wonderland,” “Jingle Bells,” and many more. Imagine hearing 15 different versions of “Jingle Bells” on the same radio station every hour. You would always compare the newer versions to the original, which means Christmas music should just stick with the classics and stop there.

Christmas music is overplayed on many radio stations throughout the month of December and even some days in November and October. Christmas music shouldn’t start playing two months ahead, especially when there are celebrated holidays within those months, such as Halloween and Thanksgiving. It’s good that Christmas music stays around for the month it’s supposed to be played in, which is December. It would make the most sense for Halloween music to be played in just October rather being played in December, right?

Either way you look at it, Christmas music will forever be played across the globe. What’s your opinion on Christmas music? Do you think Christmas Music is overrated?