If you’ve visited a grocery store recently, you would have encountered a few of these evergreen hits on your stroll through the aisles.

They’re all earworms in the truest sense of the word: they revisit you when you’re trying to get some shut-eye, or trying to forget them altogether. Listen at your own risk…

10. The Twelve Days of Christmas

This might take you back to primary school assemblies. This song is about as long as it takes for your legs to go wobbly from standing for too long.

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9. White Christmas

It’s hard to grasp why this song would be so popular in South Africa with our notoriously bright and sunny festive season. If you’re dreaming of a white Christmas in this heat, you’re gonna have to dream on.

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8. Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy

The Nutcracker is a Christmas classic, and the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy is one of its most famous pieces of music. Beautiful as it is, it is also has a slightly unsettling undertone (or is that just me?) I wouldn’t want to hear this song in a dark alley or abandoned building…


7. Santa Claus is Coming to Town


“He sees you when you’re sleeping
He knows when you’re awake
He knows if you’ve been bad or good
So be good for goodness sake!”

This is the voice of your conscience, for sure. Or maybe a stalker…


6. Mary’s Boy Child/ Oh My Lord

No Christmas medley is complete without some Boney M.

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5. Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer

Everyone has probably identified with the ridicule Rudolph faces in this song, which is probably why a song about a reindeer with a red nose is still a hit.

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4. All I want for Christmas is You

Justin Bieber and Mariah Carey’s version of this song was a big hit in 2011.

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3. We Wish you a Merry Christmas

This might just be the song most commonly used for those cards that play a tune when you open them.

2. Jingle Bells

Probably the most annoying Christmas song of all time. But still catchy. Also, you can’t help but laugh at some of the alternative versions.

1. Last Christmas

If there’s one song that’s sure to get stuck in your head this Christmas (and probably for a few weeks to come), it’s this 80s hit on love lost by Wham!.


About The Author

Angie Gallagher

Angie Gallagher is a freelance writer in the Upper Karoo. Aside from writing content for Counting Coins, Angie has tried her hand at a few juvenile attempts at poetry filled with storms and stress, and a marginally successful radio station, Radio Grootoor, recorded on cassette tapes when she was ten.

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