We have to stop giving bad Christmas music its month in the sun. We see this all know the Bing Crosby/David Bowie version of The Little Drummer Boy is creepy and unpleasant. We all realize Baby, It's Cold Outside is #problematic. We've all ripped Bono for howling, "Tonight, thank God it's them instead of you!" Year after year, we rehash these same old arguments, recycle the same old punch lines. It's tiring, and it distracts us from new Christmas songs that actually deserve our attention. Part of the problem is that the modern Christmas canon is so impenetrable, especially for young artists. In 2015, PlayNetwork, which curates playlists for more than 100,000 brands and retail outlets, ranked the 20 most-played tunes of the holiday season. Only two were original songs from the past decade, Kelly Clarkson's Underneath the Tree (2013) and Coldplay's Christmas Lights (2008). Both are pretty good! And yet both ranked behind the Waitresses' Christmas Wrapping (1981), which is peppermint garbage.
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