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Have Yourself a Moody Little Christmas: Sad Holiday Playlist 2016

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Let’s face it: 2016 was a tough year. You need only look at one of the year’s most prevailing and relatable social media memes—”Me at the beginning of 2016 vs. Me at the end of 2016“—to catch our collective Debbie Downer drift.

From the disappointing U.S. presidential election to the continuous disaster at Standing Rock to the tragedy that is war-torn Aleppo and all the other horrors of the world, you may be ending the year with a general sense of malaise and hopelessness rather than the typical excitement and joy usually reserved for the holidays… and that’s okay. We get it.

This season, commiserate with us as we wallow the holidays away with some of the saddest, moodiest and gloomiest Christmas tunes, old and new.

From Mariah Carey‘s “Miss You Most (At Christmas Time),” to Kylie Minogue‘s “Cried Out Christmas,” to Kelly Clarkson‘s “Just For Now,” have a blue Christmas indeed and listen to our playlist via Apple Music, below.

Have Yourself A Moody Little Christmas:
Mariah Carey, “Miss You Most (At Christmas Time)”
Rina Sawayama, “This Time Last Year”
Ariana Grande, “December”
Rebecca & Fiona, “Cold as X-mas”
Justin Bieber, “Pray”
Boyz II Men, “Cold December Nights”
MUNA, “Winterbreak”
Destiny’s Child, “Silent Night”
Niki & the Dove, “Winterheart”
Low, “Just Like Christmas”
Wendy and Bonnie, “The Winter Is Cold”
Sara Bareilles and Ingrid Michaelson, “Winter Song”
Kacey Musgraves, “Christmas Makes Me Cry”
Birdy, “Winter White Hymnal”
Kylie Minogue, “Cried Out Christmas”
Carly Rae Jepsen, “Last Christmas”
Sarah McLachlan, “Wintersong”
Brandi Carlile, “The Heartache Can Wait”
Elvis Presley, “Blue Christmas”
Sam Smith, “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas”
Sufjan Stevens, “That Was the Worst Christmas Ever!”
Enya, “Stars and Midnight Blue”
Kelly Clarkson, “Just For Now”
Celine Dion and Andrea Bocelli, “The Prayer”
Louis Armstrong, “What A Wonderful World”

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