13 Best Soft, Sad Christmas Songs!

Christmas is a time of reunion for Westerners. This is also a big festival, with a joyful atmosphere. Therefore, most Christmas songs are joyful. However, there are still some sad Christmas songs that make listeners emotional. Join us to discover 13 saddest Christmas songs right here!

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1. Sad Hymn

  • Author: Thai Chau
  • Performed by: Dam Vinh Hung

Sad Hymn is a sad Christmas song overseas that is loved by many people and played during Christmas. The content of the song tells about the regret and nostalgia for the memories of a loving couple who had on Christmas. But now they are no longer together, so they can only sing sad songs.

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Favorite sad overseas Christmas song


“ Do you remember that hymn,
Christmas when we had each other

2. Last Christmas

  • Author: George Michael
  • Performed by: Hoang Thien Nga, Bang Kieu

Last Christmas is one of the gentle Christmas songs, played by many people at Christmas. The content of the song is about a girl who has overcome the sadness of breaking up with her lover last Christmas and has a new love this Christmas.


“ Last Christmas I gave you my heart
But the very next day you gave it away…

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The content of the song is sad as opposed to the cheerful melody

3. Thank God It’s Christmas

  • Author: John Lennon
  • Performed by: Queen

Thank God It’s Christmas is a song that was released a long time ago, in 1984. It was very popular and continuously appeared in the UK music charts for 6 consecutive weeks. The content of the song talks about the power of Christmas, when it can ease all the sadness and suffering of people.


Imagine there’s no heaven It’s easy if you try

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The song of the legendary band – Queen

4. Silent Night

  • Author: Josef Mohr, Franz Xaver Gruber

Silent Night, also known as the Most Holy Night, is a soothing instrumental Christmas song played to the tune of the original song. This song is recognized by UNESCO as an oral and intangible masterpiece of humanity. The melody composed by Gruber is influenced by traditional music from the countryside and by Austrian folk music.

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Soft Christmas music with no lyrics on the piano

5. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

  • Author: Ralph Blane
  • Performed by: Frank Sinatra

Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas is sad English Christmas music. This is the soundtrack of the movie Meet me in St. Louis. The melody of this song plays when the main character has to leave the familiar life in St.Louis to move to New York, so it brings a feeling of melancholy, unrelenting sadness. The director of the film then consulted with the musician to change the lyrics, to give the song a little more hopeful color. Still, this is a very sad Christmas song.


“ Have yourself a merry little Christmas
Let your heart be light…

6. Blue Christmas

  • Author: Jay W. Johnson
  • Performed by: Elvis Presley

Blue Christmas is a Christmas light music , with content about the feelings of an unrequited love right in the busiest festive season of the year. The first remix of this song in the classic Country style was performed by Ernest Tubb. Later, Elvis Presley performed another version in 1957 and made the song more popular. Under the voice of Elvis Presley, Blue Christmas is somewhat gloomy, wailing, worthy of one of the sad Christmas songs.


“ I’ll have a blue Christmas without you
I’ll be so blue just thinking about you

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The song that was sad is now even sadder with Elvis’s sad voice

7. I’ll Be Home for Christmas

  • Author: Buck Ram
  • Performed by: Michael Buble
The song expresses the feelings of soldiers far from home

I’ll Be Home for Christmas is one of the famous sad Christmas songs, composed in 1943 in the context of World War II,. The song’s content describes the feeling of soldiers who can’t go home to spend Christmas, they have to fight far away from home, away from their loved ones. This song is so famous and loved that two US astronauts Frank Borman and James Lovell asked NASA to play this song for them while away from home for the Christmas break.


“ I’ll be home for Christmas
You can plan on me


8. Fairytale of New York

  • Author: Jem Finer
  • Performed by: The Pogues

Fairytale of New York is a sad English Christmas song that expresses the confidant of a New York City prisoner who is remembering past Christmas celebrations. Most of his memories are of quarrels and descriptions of broken dreams. The song became popular in the UK and Ireland thanks to a performance by The Pogues and singer Kirsty MacColl in 1987. It became the Top Christmas Songs of All Time and was on the Top Christmas Songs Chart. Best Pop song every year in these 2 countries.


“ It was Christmas Eve babe
In the drunk tank

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Legendary song by The Pogues

9. Please Come Home for Christmas

  • Author: Charles Mose Brown
  • Performed by: Eagles

Please Come Home for Christmas is a sad Christmas song of the Blue genre performed by Charles Brown in 1960. The song’s content expresses the bored mood of having to spend Christmas alone, and the desire to have a lover. so as not to suffer sadness, wandering around when the house is peaceful anymore. This song reached #1 on Billboard’s 1972 Best Christmas Songs chart.


“ Bells will be ringin’ the sad, sad news
Oh, what a Christmas to have the blues

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The song expresses the desire to love and be loved on Christmas

10. Same Old Lang Syne

  • Author: Dan Fogelberg
  • Performed by: Dan Fogelberg

Same Old Lang Syne is a song performed by Dan Fogelberg about the meeting of an old couple in the snowy scene of Christmas Eve. Throughout the song are flashbacks of the beautiful past, in contrast to the sad life of the present. This song quickly entered the Top 10 most popular songs of 1991 when it was just released.


“ Met my old lover in the grocery store
The snow was falling Christmas Eve

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Nostalgic for the beautiful memories of the past on Christmas Eve

11. Merry Christmas Darling

  • Author: Frank Pooler
  • Performed by: The Carpenters
The song that ranked #1 on the chart for Christmas songs

Merry Christmas Darling is a sad Christmas song released in 1970 by the band The Carpenter. The content of the song tells about the loneliness when there is no lover to accompany you in the bustling atmosphere, full of joyful songs of Christmas Eve. With the melancholy singing of lead vocalist Karen Carpenter, the song reached #1 on the Billboard Christmas Songs chart.


“ Greeting cards have all been sent
The Christmas rush is through

12. Baby Please Come Home

  • Author: Phil Spector
  • Performed by: Darlene Love

Baby Please Come Home is a song about the author’s feelings when he is lonely during Christmas and has to live in nostalgia for his lover far away. When it was first released in 1963, the song was not well received, but after Darlene Love performed it again in 1986, it became more popular and loved. In 1987, the group U2 renewed the song in a strong rock style


“ (Christmas) The snow’s coming down
(Christmas) I’m watching it fall

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The song was very well received

13. Christmas Shoes

  • Author: Eddie Carswell
  • Performed by: NewSong
The song makes the audience cry a lot

Christmas Shoes performed by the group Newsong was released in 2000. The song immediately entered the Billboard Hot 100 Chart. This sad Christmas song is about a boy who wishes he could buy the perfect gift for his deceased mother. This poignant, moving content brought tears to many listeners. The song’s content was also adapted into a book and movie in 2002.


“ It was almost Christmas time, there I stood in another line
Tryin’ to buy that last gift or two, not really in the Christmas mood


Not all Christmas songs have a cheerful melody, conveying a happy message during the holiday season. Sad Christmas songs express feelings of sadness and regret. Through that, it helps us to appreciate our happy and peaceful moments more. During this Christmas, enrich your music list with the songs that VietHotNews introduces above.

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