Hear This: Paul McCartney wrote a simply rotten “Christmastime”

In Hear This, The A.V. Club writers sing the praises of songs they know well. This week: Our very own holiday HateSongs.

Paul McCartney, “Wonderful Christmastime” (1979)

For two guys who wrote a lot of great music, John Lennon and Paul McCartney could churn out some awful concoctions separately. The prevailing wisdom is that Lennon without McCartney had too much bite; McCartney without Lennon, not enough. Or any, in fact. So the two went on to write two of the songs I dread the most this time of year. At least Lennon’s “Happy Xmas (War Is Over)” has a decent message, which is still way too appropriate, decades later. The only message coming from McCartney’s “Wonderful Christmastime” is to turn off the radio (or Spotify playlist) as soon as humanly possible, giving it the edge for this HateSong.

Maybe we can cut McCartney some slack for being …

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