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From David Hasselhoff to Jessica Simpson to Afroman: the 15 worst Christmas albums of all time

Melody Lau

There is a lot of Christmas music out there. Like, a lot. And while there are some definite classics that we return to year after year, there are many we’d like to avoid every December.

Below are 20 albums that prove Christmas music is a tough thing to pull off and, well, not everyone should attempt it.

Kenny Chesney, All I Want for Christmas is a Real Good Tan (2003)

And all we want is to forget this Christmas album ever existed.

William Hung, Hung For the Holidays (2004)

Remember William Hung from American Idol? He was the guy who parlayed his bad singing into a music career, sort of. That, somehow, also included a holiday album.

David Hasselhoff, The Night Before Christmas (2004)

The Hoff serenades you in English, German and Spanish on this incredibly unnecessary holiday album!

John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John, This Christmas (2012)

This was not the Grease reunion we had hoped for.

Christmas With Colonel Sanders (1969)

Look, some of us may trust this man to make fried chicken, but none of us trust him to make good holiday music.

Twisted Sister, A Twisted Christmas (2006)

When Dee Snider kicks off an album with a super strained rendition of "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" — which only gets worse when the heavy metal guitars kick in — it’s very tough to continue for 10 more songs.

Jingle-Cats, Meowy Christmas (1993)

Greatest Christmas album of all time or worst Christmas album of all time? Guess it depends on whether you’re a cat lover or a dog lover.

Snoop Dogg, Snoop Dogg Presents Christmas in tha Dogg House (2008)

You know how we all laughed a little at the idea of Snoop Dogg recording a Christmas album in Pitch Perfect 2? Well that was no joke, Snoop actually released a holiday album back in 2008, and it’s not very family friendly.

Lynyrd Skynyrd, Christmas Time Again (2000)

This album is only appropriate if you’re spending the holidays at your local bar and it's the only Christmas album available on the jukebox.

New Kids on the Block, Merry, Merry Christmas (1989)

As much as we appreciate the message behind "This One’s For the Children," it’s very hard to take New Kids on the Block seriously on their pseudo version of "We Are the World."

Crazy Frog, Last Christmas EP (2006)

Crazy Frog was the epitome of the annoying ringtone era. So just imagine listening to a ringtone for 13 minutes straight.

Michael Bolton, This is the Time: The Christmas Album (1996)

This is what people mean when they say Christmas music is too campy.

Jessica Simpson, Happy Christmas (2010)

Jessica Simpson can sing, but oftentimes she over sings and tries to show off her entire, breathy range in one song. Unfortunately, she tries a little too hard on her collection of holiday songs.

Ying Yang Twins, The Ying and the Yang of the Holidays (2008)

"Deck Da Club" is a serious contender for the worst Christmas song of all time.

Afroman, A Colt 45 Christmas (2006)

Here’s a selection of some of the, um, "jolly" tunes on the Christmas album by the man who brought us the 2001 song "Because I Got High": "Deck My Balls," "Let Her Blow," "Violent Night." Thanks, but we’d rather have a silent night than one with Afroman.