Aaron Gillespie: “River” by Joni Mitchell. Fact.
Spencer Chamberlain: Ditto. I did a solo tour around Christmas, and I just wanted to die every night. It was so sad. I was just like, “Why do I do this to myself?” It’s the saddest song ever.
Marisa Dabice: “Silent Night” is pretty morose. It’s not sad, but it evokes a morose, thoughtful feeling. It makes my Omi cry. My sister and I were once making fun of Christmas songs and she was like, “No, not that one.”
Bear Regisford: “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas.” It’s such a beautiful song, but when you hear it, it also kind of just rips your soul apart. One of the hardest, most depressing Christmas songs to listen to. My favorite version of it is [by] my friend John Galm; he has this band called Bad Heaven LTD. I’ve seen him play this over the years, just by himself just on acoustic or on electric guitar. I feel like when he plays ["Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas”], he plays it with such heartbreak. He had a rough Christmas, so I think that song really rings true to him, and when you hear it you’re just kind of like, “Fuck.”
Thanasi Paul: I think I’m gonna have to agree with Bear, but my favorite version is from the movie Meet Me In St. Louis, with the little sister.
Shaun Cooper, TAKING BACK SUNDAY
I love this song. I think it’s beautiful. “Fairytale Of New York” by the Pogues is beautiful, but I know the girl who sings in it, [K[Kirsty MacColl]had a very tragic death. It’s pretty gnarly. I love that song, but I feel a little sad every time, but through listening to it with the family and stuff and getting the kids into itf makes it more of a seasonal thing than the tragedy that befell.
Sadie Dupuis, SPEEDY ORTIZ
Saddest christmas or holiday song? I had a good answer for this. There’s a Brenda Lee song that I’m spacing on the name of. There’s a super-depressing Brenda Lee song that I want to remember the name of. It’s called “Strawberry Snow” by Brenda Lee. In her same kind of cute and heartbreaking style. It’s such a weird Christmas song.
Nick Woods, DIRECT HIT!
It’s not out yet. It’s by this guy named the Eradicator from Chicago. The Eradicator is all based on a kid’s in the hall sketch from the early ’90s about this guy who is obsessed with playing squash. The new record is called The Court Is Closed On Christmas, and they’re all sad songs about him not being able to make it onto the squash court for Christmas that year. I think that is the saddest thing in the universe. Not being able to play squash on Christmas when you’re obsessed with squash. Truly tragic.
Jason Aalon Butler: “Hallelujah” by Leonard Cohen. Absolutely. It’s not like it’s sad; it’s just sad how everyone thinks that it’s about something that it’s not. It’s basically about fucking. I don’t know how Jesus feels about that.
Aric Improta: There’s a Tristania song called “Aphelion” that’s pretty metal, but the bells sound like Christmas, and I feel like a lot of people would be sad [i[if]hat was on regular rotation for Christmas. I listen to it all the time. It’s sick!