Worst cover of a Christmas song

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by WhoseLineFan, Jan 10, 2017.

  1. WhoseLineFan

    WhoseLineFan Forum Resident Thread Starter

    New Hampshire
    This is just simply atrocious.

  2. Holy Joe

    Holy Joe Forum Resident

  3. BrutandCharisma

    BrutandCharisma Well-Known Member

    Denver, Colorado
  4. MekkaGodzilla

    MekkaGodzilla Forum Resident

    Westerville, Ohio
  5. geo50000

    geo50000 Forum Resident

    Colorado Springs
    I love most of 'The Beach Boys' Christmas Album', but this one drives me up a wall.
    What does 'Entry of The Gladiators' (aka 'Circus Music') have to do with Xmas or Santa Claus anyway?
    Beach Boys - Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town:
  6. quakerparrot67

    quakerparrot67 Well-Known Member

    tucson, az.

    i win.

  7. ianuaditis

    ianuaditis Forum Resident

    There's a version of 'You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch' that was on the 'Holiday Pop' playlist we were forced to play in the store I used to run. I don't know who it was, it was a group whose name I can't remember with a female singer.

    It would have been decent enough but the girl could not hit the notes, every time she tried to sing 'Mr griii-iinch' it was a trainwreck.

    The original by Thurl Ravenscroft is so iconic, I would never try it, so I guess they get some credit for that.
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  8. lightbulb

    lightbulb Forum Resident

    Smogville CA USA
    Original Classic:
    "You're A Mean One, Mr Grinch"
    Thurl Ravenscroft (1966)

    Irrational, inexplicable, unforgivable covers:

    Glee Cast (2010)
    Red Wanting Blue (2011)
    Ceelo Green (2012)

    (Edit: I see lanuaditis posted this song also! I wonder if any of the versions I looked up fit his post...)
    Last edited: Jan 10, 2017
  9. Benno123

    Benno123 Forum Resident

    Madonna's "Santa Baby." That voice .... ugh. I turn the channel every time that comes on. Michael Buble's "Santa Buddy" is almost as bad, but as corny as his is at least he doesn't sound like a chipmunk stuck in a garbage disposal.
  10. Chemguy

    Chemguy Forum Resident

    Stevie Nicks doing Silent Night. If you have no intention of doing it right, please do not do it at all.
  11. Wally Swift

    Wally Swift Forum Resident

    Brooklyn New York
    Dang......Czech singer Lucia Bila did an english version of "Jingle Bell" [yup, singular] that was awful. Just checked YT but it seems she figured out it should be plural.
  12. lightbulb

    lightbulb Forum Resident

    Smogville CA USA
    Can I nominate ALL of Pentatonix Christmas covers?
    Yes, I understand that they are great with very versatile vocal gymnastics, but everything I've heard by them discards Melody for Style.

    Generally, I prefer my Christmas songs to be sung traditionally, and not like an American Idol performance seeking impression points.
  13. William Bryant

    William Bryant Well-Known Member

    Meridian, ID
    O Holy Night -- Homer Slockenheimer
  14. john lennonist

    john lennonist There ONCE was a NOTE, PURE and EASY...

    Tough to top the original for atrociousness!

  15. skisdlimit

    skisdlimit Forum Resident

    Bellevue, WA
    ^^ Love this comment! :biglaugh:

    Totally agree with you about that Madonna travesty (easily one of the worst recordings ever for me!), but of course, no disrespect to the Chipmunks, whose "Christmas Don't Be Late" is actually a holiday favorite of mine:

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  16. If there's something worse than this, I hope I never hear it:
  17. William Bryant

    William Bryant Well-Known Member

    Meridian, ID
    Posting this again, with a link. And yes, kw21925, this is worse than Streisand. Much worse.

    O Holy Night -- Homer Slockenheimer

  18. driverdrummer

    driverdrummer Forum Resident

    Irmo, SC
    That's awful lol
  19. Keith V

    Keith V Forum Resident

    Jersey City, NJ
    Yeah this is about the worst. It wins by a nose.
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  20. Benno123

    Benno123 Forum Resident

    Yes, no disrespect for Alvin and Co. for sure! They certainly don't sound like a woman past her prime (in my opinion) trying to regain lost youth and/or show Santa where he can put his peppermint stick.
  21. William Bryant

    William Bryant Well-Known Member

    Meridian, ID
    Is that a red nose?
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  22. mmars982

    mmars982 Forum Resident

    Pittsburgh, PA
    Does it count as 'covers' if they are standard Christmas carols?

    I think this could be a contender for worst cover in the other sense of the word too.
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  23. Drifter

    Drifter AD survivor

    Vancouver, BC, CA
    I think Mike Love's off-key vocal is the worst offender on this cover, although the circus bits are stupid and annoying too.
  24. boggs

    boggs Well-Known Member

    I was embarrassed for Bill just listening to this. I can't imagine that anyone
    even directed/produced this! What a hoot !!!!!
  25. BrutandCharisma

    BrutandCharisma Well-Known Member

    Denver, Colorado
    I'll second the nomination. They're no doubt talented, but all their stuff starts sounding the same after a while. I think they're a colossal bore.

    Contrast them with the Manhattan Transfer. Whom I think are great.
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