This is not holiday music per se, but I was in starbucks at the mall and right after a perfectly innocuous x-mas song went off, the most diety-awful version of Sweet Child O Mine came on. It was like a folk-emo-bluegrass version with wispy drawn out vocals and extended slow riffs of instrumentals.
It was so bad that the cashier, who was also the manager, excused himself and ran to turn it off.
First off, this is my ninth season of holiday retail hell, and I am completely and utterly sick of holiday music. we have the most deity-awful versions of some songs. One of the most memorable was last year's 18 minute (Yes, I timed it) jazzy, vocal and instrumental version of 'My Favorite things" And when, pray tell, did that become a HOLIDAY song? then again, I've never seen the SOM, so perhaps it is, and I just don't know it.
we have some real doozies "Do you Want to Spend Christmas on Christmas Island" "Ring the Bells", "Mele Kalikimaka (Hawaiian Christmas Song)", "I'm the Happiest Christmas Tree", several verisons of Felice Navidad, and several versions of "Santa Baby"
That being said, I generally prefer the traditional versions of most songs. i can and will still listen to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir cd i have, of Christmas music.
And finally, we too have some deity-awful versions of some headbanger music in my store. a jazzy rendition of AC/DC's "Dirty Deeds" and some others. Just awful.