The Miserabilist Presents The Twelve Saddest Christmas Songs Ever

Christmas songs are the epitome of pop culture tradition. Some people don’t believe it’s time to get in the spirit of the holiday until they hear Wham’s “Last Christmas” piping out of a J. Crew speaker. And sprouting up within the tradition of “merry” Christmas songs is a tradition of sad-as-Hell holiday songs, which range here from 1930’s murder ballads to Low’s “Taking Down the Christmas Tree.” All prove that Charlie Brown isn’t the only one thinking “there must be something wrong with me… Christmas has come, but I’m not happy.”

Private Charles Bowen & The Gentlemen From Tigerland – “Christmas in Vietnam” (1967)

Charley Jordan and Mary Harris – No Christmas Blues (1935)

Kitty Wells – “Christmas Ain’t Like Christmas Anymore” (1962)

Low – “Taking Down The Christmas Tree” (1999)

Vince Guaraldi – “Christmas Time Is Here” (1965)

The Emotions – “What Do The Lonely Do At Christmas” (1973)

The Carolina Buddies – “The Murder Of The Lawson Family” (1930)

Merle Haggard – “If We Make It Through December” (1973)

Elvis Presley – “Blue Christmas” (1957)

The Orioles – “It’s Gonna Be (A Lonely Christmas)” (1948)

Joni Mitchell – “River” (1971)

Judy Garland – “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” (1944)

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