For many people Christmas can be the loneliest time of the year.
Joni Mitchell – River
The Eagles – Please Come Home For Christmas
Bert Jansch – In The Bleak Midwinter
The Mighty Mighty Bosstones – Xmas Time
Dolly Parton – Hard Candy Christmas
Ben Folds 5 – Lonely Christmas Eve
Elvis – Blue Christmas
The Emotions – What Do The Lonely Do At Christmas
Judy Garland – Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
Marvin Gaye – I Want To Come Home For Christmas
Jona Lewis – Stop The Cavalry
Prince – Another Lonely Christmas
Wham! – Last Christmas
The Carpenters – Merry Christmas Darling
Brenda Lee – Christmas Will Be Just Another Lonely Day
George Jones – Maybe Next Christmas
It’s the happy, joyous and celebratory side of Christmas that we all crave but circumstance can
put a halt to this. And you’d be surprised how many sad songs have been written that depict the lonely, while seemingly all around people celebrate the season. Our collection of lonely Christmas songs should act as a reminder that someone close to you could probably do with an arm around the shoulder.
You’ll know most of the tunes here but Joni Mitchell’s ‘River’ has only recently crept into our Christmas consciousness. It’s the definition of the holiday slow burner and it’s easy to see why given that it was spirited away on her 1971 ‘Blue’ album, which otherwise contained non-Christmas related material. But quality eventually shines through and this sparse composition with its melancholy heart has rightfully been added to our festive soundtrack.
Judy Garland’s version of ‘Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas’, from the movie ‘Meet Me In St. Louis’, is another heartbreaker as she wallows in sadness about the last Christmas she’ll spend in her favourite city. Similarly forlorn is Karen Carpenter’s character in ‘Merry Christmas Darling’ whose longing for the love of her life reaches fever pitch at Christmastime.
Christmas during wartime is the theme of Jona Lewis’s ‘Stop The Cavalry’ as the lonely soldier
pines for his wife back in England as all around a cacophony of explosions light up the night sky.
Back home but still riddled with loneliness are Mud who recount their experience of a yuletide spent alone without their love. That they sound altogether like Elvis just adds to the atmosphere given how truly broken the King sounded on his own tear inducer ‘Blue Christmas’.