Kevin Fischer is a veteran broadcaster, the recipient of over 150 major journalism awards from the Milwaukee Press Club, the Wisconsin Associated Press, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, the Wisconsin Bar Association, and others. He has been seen and heard on Milwaukee TV and radio stations for over three decades. A longtime aide to state Senate Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature, Kevin can be seen offering his views on the news on the public affairs program, "InterCHANGE," on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10, and heard filling in on Newstalk 1130 WISN. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their lovely baby daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.
The New York Times has the answer:By ALEX MINDLIN
‘Jingle Bells’ in Dog Barks? No, Thanks
America’s least-loved Christmas song is a Danish recording of “Jingle Bells,” performed in dog barks. The song — which enjoyed brief success in the United States in 1955 and 1970 — took last place in a test of 579 Christmas recordings, performed by Edison Media Research. Edison played the songs for a national sample of 200 women aged 30 to 49, recruited via e-mail, who said that they either liked or loved Christmas music.
All five of the best-loved Christmas songs are more than four decades old. The newest recording among the top 10 is John Lennon’s 1971 song “Happy Christmas (War Is Over).”
“It is certainly a place where the rules about who’s relevant are suspended for a month,” said Sean Ross, a radio analyst with Edison. “Even the Christmas songs that we think of as contemporary, things like Wham’s ‘Last Christmas,’ are 20 years old at this point.
”Elmo & Patsy’s 1984 novelty track, “Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer,” was hated by 17 percent and loved by 47 percent.
Oh, c’mon. That dog song isn’t that bad.
In my view, and I know a lot of people love this one and break down when they hear it, the worst Christmas song is “The Christmas Shoes,” by Newsong.
It tells the story of a little boy who so desperately wants to buy his dying mother her last Christmas gift. He doesn't have enough money for the shoes and turns to the man behind him begging for his help.
Joy to the World it ain’t.
Sad doesn’t even begin to describe the song. It’s morbid.
There is no theme or melody.
On my radio, it gets the instant hook.
That and anything by Barbara Streisand, especially her awful rendition of “Jingle Bells” where she sings like she’s on speed.
The Harry Simeon Chorale’s version of, “The Little Drummer Boy” is so bland it nearly puts me to sleep.
Also on my worst list, The Pretenders doing, “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.” The lead vocal is horrendous.
Give me those barking dogs over this junk anytime.