Holigay Playlist: Having a Blue Christmas


Sometimes, the holigays aren’t about joy overflowing out of your elf ears. Sometimes, they’re stressful and awful and straight-up sad. And sometimes, you just get a little bit tired of the most wonderful time of the year.

In these moments, you don’t have to abandon all things holiday to get your fix of mellow and melancholy music to ease your emotional pain. Instead, you can actually just subvert the whole damn season by putting this playlist on.

Having a Blue Christmas

Come On Christmas – MGMT
Firewood – Regina Spektor
The Last Christmas – Emery
O Come All Ye Faithful – Art Garfunkel
O Holy Night – Tracy Chapman
Christmas – Blues Traveler
I Believe In You – Sinead O’Connor
Labor of Love – Point of Grace
Hungover Boxing Day – The Gasoline Brothers
Christmas Song – Dave Matthews And & Reynolds
Peace – Norah Jones
Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas – Babyface
Little Drummer Boy – Bright Eyes
I Believe – Natalie Grant
Christmas Time is Here – Ivy
December 25 – Francesca Battistelli
Come Thou Fount Of Every Blessing – Sufjan Stevens
Christmastime – The Smashing Pumpkins
Oh Holy Night – Brand New
All Through the Night – Sheryl Crow
The Little Drummer Boy – Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band
Bethlehem Skies – Dara Maclean
Silent Night – Taylor Swift
I Hate Christmas Parties – Relient K
Christmas Day – Dido
Yule Shoot Your Eye Out – Fall Out Boy
Wonderful Christmas – Tom McRae

Having a Blue Christmas from Autostraddle on 8tracks Radio.

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Carmen spent six years at Autostraddle, ultimately serving as Straddleverse Director, Feminism Editor and Social Media Co-Director. She is now the Consulting Digital Editor at Ms. and writes regularly for DAME, the Women’s Media Center, the National Women’s History Museum and other prominent feminist platforms; her work has also been published in print and online by outlets like BuzzFeed, Bitch, Bust, CityLab, ElixHER, Feministing, Feminist Formations, GirlBoss, GrokNation, MEL, Mic and SIGNS, and she is a co-founder of Argot Magazine. You can find Carmen on Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr or in the drive-thru line at the nearest In-N-Out.

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  1. My oblivious mother has already mentioned that I need to meet a nice straight boy (referring to my largely queer group of friends). This playlist is needed. By me.

    • Listening to my own mother talk about how disgusting the homosexuals are. Cheers! And this playlist is the best!

  2. Oh this is the perfect soundtrack for bereaved ugly crying and that feeling of I don’t fit in with these people so I skipped the after funeral get together to make sad sounds in the bathtub, but I still want to eat/make gingerbread, share baked goods with them and I am wearing my holiday shirt of power.

  3. Excellent excellent excellent playlist. Thank-you, and I hope you’re having a great Christmas. xx

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