There are three songs that are overplayed every year so much that they become annoying to the public, “Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer”, “I saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus” and “Santa Baby.” Bad Christmas songs such as the song “Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer” was written by Randy Brooks. Mr. Brooks has said his inspiration for the song came from Merle Haggard’s “Grandma’s Homemade Christmas Card.” This song is played over and over every year, children especially love this song. In December of 1978 Dr. Elmo Shorpshire and Patsy Trigg recorded the song and they sold it at their shows. This song has been recorded in toys and cards every year, as well as parodied by numerous people. In the year 2000, the song was featured in a TV special. By the year of 2005, 200,000 CDs were sold around the world making many listeners cringe their ears.
More bad Christmas songs that are overplayed every year is “I saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus.” This song was written by Tommie Conner and sung by Jimmy Boyd who was a child singer in the 1950s. There was some controversy when the song came out because it linked sexuality with Christmas, as well as implying that the mom is cheating with Santa Claus. This song was banned in several radio stations for a little while. In 1952 the song became a number 1hit on Billboard’s top songs of the year. “I saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus” sold 2 million records in less than 10 weeks.
In 1953 Philip Springer was asked to help Joan Javitts in writing a song titled “Santa Baby” which was being written for Eartha Kitt. The song became a big hit in 1953 and then was not really popular after that because many versions were recorded. Philip bought the copyrights from Joan and tried to make the song a hit again. Finally in 1988, Madonna picked up the song and it became very popular again. “Santa Baby” was featured in the movie “Driving Miss Daisy” and numerous Christmas specials every year.