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Christmas is a joyous time for many, from spending time with family to binge-watching holiday flicks. While many festive tracks are equally as happy, that’s not to say a handful won’t have you shedding a tear.

We asked 13 of your favorite bands to share which holiday tune they find the saddest. Check out their answers below.

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Matt Kennedy: I think, probably, “Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer.” ’Cause how sad would you be if a reindeer ran over your grandma?


There’s one, now [that] you look back at it, it’s kind of rapey. “Baby, It’s Cold Outside.” Looking back it’s the creepiest Christmas song.


I worked at a T.J. Maxx for a little while, and they always played Mariah Carey’s “[All I Want For Christmas Is You]”. Like, every day. Literally months for months after, so I don’t really like Christmas music at all. Because it just reminds me of working at T.J. Maxx and being really, really sad.


I guess the John Lennon one, ["Happy Xmas (War Is Over)”], is really sad. Maybe it’s more challenging. “So this is Christmas/What have you done?” I always get a kick out of it because I’m a huge John Lennon fan, but I’m also like, “You’re the richest white guy in the world and you’re like, ‘You should be doing more,’ you should be doing more” but anyway. That Wham! song [["Last Christmas”]s kind of sad. I’m sure there are other ones. ["["Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” is]ad song. That’s a really sad song. That can be performed in a way that’s really sad. “What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?” is a little sad to me too.


Jack Anderson: “Last Christmas” by Wham!, and it makes me sad because I didn’t write it.
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Alicia Bognanno, BULLY

Definitely the one about the two shoes. It’s the [["The ["The Christmas Shoes”]really sad. I don’t know the name. It’s really sad. You’ll have to Google the name and listen and it’ll fuck you up.

Trever Keith, FACE TO FACE

How about “Last Christmas” by Wham! Or is it George Michael? I think it’s Wham! The Wham! version is the one I like. It’s very sad. “Last Christmas, I gave you my heart.” I don’t know if it’s the saddest.