The 10 Greatest Sad Christmas Songs, Nos. 9 and 8: Commander Cody, John & Yoko

9. “Daddy’s Drinkin’ Up our Christmas,”

Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen

Sung in a country twang that suggests this might be a white-trash parody, the reality is it’s all too true for people we actually know. Dad quits his job, cashes his last paycheck and disappears for a few days; someone saw him at the track, and the kids worry about how their mom’s going to pay the rent.

8. “Happy XMas (War is Over),”

John Lennon & Yoko Ono

It seems like there’s supposed to be some joy in this song, but all these years later it’s just damn depressing, because war’s never over.

— C.J. Janovy

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10. Graham Parker, “Christmas is for Mugs”

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