When I am not at the radio station these days, you will find me wearing OUT my Holiday playlist. It includes traditional classics, music from my favorite Christmas movies, and newer songs by Kacey Musgraves, Pentatonix, and more. What you won't find are the Holiday tunes that get on my ever-loving last nerve. I'm looking at you, Christmas Shoes.

In college, I worked in customer service at Dillard's in Louisville's Mall St. Matthews. Gift wrapping presents of all shapes and sizes. It was an awesome job, but by the end of December, my co-workers and I were ready to pull our hair out because the same 15 songs played on a loop all month. That's why when I moved back to Owensboro and worked at local gift shop, Studio Slant, I swore I wouldn't play Christmas music that, well, sucked. So I formed the playlist I mentioned above and titled it "Holiday Music We DON'T Hate."

FinanceBuzz conducted a study to determine the favorite and least favorite songs in each state. After polling more than 1,200 folks across the country and consulting Google Trends, here are the results.

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Illinois' Favorite Christmas Song

All I Want For Christmas is You by Mariah Carey.

Dubbed "The Queen of Christmas" the internet has compared her to Puxatawney Phil of Groundhog's Day. It's not officially the holiday season until Mariah emerges from her cave to serenade us with her beautiful angelic voice.

Indiana's Favorite Christmas Song

Run Rudolph Run- Chuck Berry

Can anyone hear this song and not think of Home Alone? Every single time, I picture the McCallisters frantically running through the airport!

Kentucky's Favorite Christmas Song

Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree- Brenda Lee

I am totally here for this one. Good job Kentucky! How amazing it is that after 65 years, Brenda Lee is number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart for the first time with this beloved Holiday classic? Can you believe she first released the song when she was only 13? She's broken all kinds of records with this milestone which you can read about here on Taste of Country. 

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Now this list was not broken down by state, and interestingly enough, some of the songs listed as least favorite here are favorites in some individual states. Participants also noted that while they may not have originally felt these songs were horrible, the fact that they have been overplayed has made them obnoxious over time. I think that may be the case with the song that took the number-one spot. It has to be because you can't deny it is VERY popular!

10. “Do You Hear What I Hear?”

9. “Wonderful Christmastime” by Paul McCartney

8. “White Christmas”

7. “Happy Xmas (War is Over)” by John Lennon

6. “Deck the Halls”

5. “Baby It’s Cold Outside”

4. “A Holly Jolly Christmas” by Burl Ives

3. “Feliz Navidad” by Jose Feliciano

2. “The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don’t Be Late)” by Alvin and the Chipmunks

1. “All I Want for Christmas is You” by Mariah Carey

If you want to learn more about how these songs rank in other states or some stats about where they fall on the charts, check out the original article by FinanceBuzz here. 

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