One of the things I find most interesting about Christmas music is the undercurrent of sadness running through almost every popular holiday song.
Loads of Christmas songs are about not being able to be somewhere or with someone you long to be for the holidays.
Take, for example, "White Christmas," which is a song about someone spending the holidays far from home recalling the picturesque, perhaps a tad romanticized, Christmases of his youth.
"I'll Be Home for Christmas" touches on similar themes.
Heck, songs like "Blue Christmas" and "Last Christmas" are more or less love songs dressed in ... well holiday-style, if you'll pardon the "Silver Bells" reference.
Of these sad songs of holiday longing, none do it for me more than "Christmas (Baby, Please Come Home)."
Made famous by Darlene Love, this song has been covered by everyone from Death Cab for Cutie to U2 to Cher but none of those covers seem to embrace the spirit of the original like this cover by the English duo Slow Club.