Christmas Movie Songs Ranked by How Much They Make Us Cry
Snuggling up in front of the fire and watching a Christmas movie conjures up all the festive feelings like nothing else.
And whether you realize it or not, it’s a lot of the music in these movies that really gets your Christmas juices flowing like a well-done goose.
From sad times to poignant moments to happy times, there’s something about a well-timed song that always makes us cry in our Christmas cookies, no matter how many times we’ve seen the movie or heard it. the music.
For your feelings to be rinsed and then tied with garlands, please join us.
One more sleep until Christmas, ThePuppet Christmas carol
Well, if this is the start of our list, we’re going to need more tissues.
Bob Cratchit (played so movingly by Kermit the Frog) has just found out he can take Christmas Day off.
We are already crying.
He’s worked so hard in his cold little office, with his colleagues (the rats) for his miserly old boss, Ebeneezer Scrooge (Michael Caine) and now it’s time to close for Christmas.
It’s a melancholic and thoughtful song, conveying warmth, kindness, hope and excitement for the morning.
“Everyone can feel it, the feeling is deep.
“After all, there is only one sleep until Christmas….Day”.
However, the coldness and heartlessness of Victorian London looms large as a young boy (played by a mouse) shivers in a paper bag at the end of the song.
And later in the movie, Kermit sings the song again with his sickly little son on his shoulder.
Tiny Tim (played by Robin the Frog, making what we believe to be his acting debut at the time) sings happily, even though it makes him cough.
All I want for Christmas is you, love actually
Don’t try to cover a Mariah Carey song.
You can not do that.
This woman is the Christmas carol angel and you will look horrible and make a fool of yourself.
That’s what people were saying before this movie, anyway.
In this scene from Love Actually, a little girl (just a little girl!) sings All I Want For Christmas is You so beautifully it brings everyone to tears, then literally falls in love with the Prime Minister (played by Hugh Grant).
The unfathomable magic of cinema.
When Christmas comes to town, the Polar Express
A little boy sings softly at the back of the train.
He’s a little sad and he’s all alone.
But wait, here are the new friends he met on the train! And they join in the song!
We don’t know why this boy is sad at Christmas, but he’s not alone anymore.
To quote It’s A Wonderful Life, a Christmas movie that makes us cry so much we often can’t swallow our piece of chopped pie: “No man is a failure, he who has friends.”
We also cry a little out of worry about how freezing and dangerous it is to stand in your pajamas in the back of an express train.
Jingle Bell Rock, mean girls
Well, if Die Hard can be a Christmas movie, we’ll have this.
It makes us cry, but only from laughter as Gretchen kicks the music player in Jason’s face.
It also contains one of our favorite Christmas movie tropes, when people join in the song, but in stages, leading to smashing success and tears of joy.
Home alone, rocking around the Christmas tree
Kevin’s neglectful and unhelpful parents managed to leave him at home in Chicago during a dangerous crime spree and went to Paris.
He is eight.
But that’s not why we cry, oddly.
We cry because to defend himself from being murdered, he has to throw a Christmas party, complete with cardboard cutouts of basketball players, dancing to Rocking Around the Christmas Tree.
It works and the crooks set off in their crime van.
Kevin is alone and safe again (for now) but it gives us that “sentimental feeling” at a time when his parents were there to care for him.
When Love Is Gone, The Muppets Christmas Carol
They certainly know how to touch a nerve with these little furry companions.
This song was literally cut from the TV edit of the film because it was considered too sad for children, so there’s a chance you’ve never seen this track.
Ebeneezer’s fiancé is tired of waiting to get married.
It’s a cold day, no one is smiling and they are standing on a bridge.
After a quick conversation, she realizes that the love she had for him has unfortunately disappeared.
They just don’t like each other anymore.
Who signed this?
Santa Claus is coming to town, elf
This one brings tears of joy.
Christmas cheer is at an all-time low and, as we know, “the only way to bring Christmas cheer is to sing loudly for everyone to hear.”
It starts with just a few people quietly chanting, “You better be careful…you better not cry.”
Oh, but then more people join us!
And then even the grumpy dad joins us! “…come to TOWN!”
Suddenly Santa Claus flies over the crowd in his sleigh! Even non-believers are like, “WHAT?!”.
Christmas is saved!
And you are a puddle.
I walk in the air, the snowman
And so, at the end of our list and we are left with a handkerchief.
The Snowman is a classic, loved by kids (because the snowman comes to life and it’s so much fun!) but mourned by adults (because it’s not actually a snowman , isn’t it? It’s death.)
As the boy with his snowman takes off, the music begins.
The violin holds that one unbearably poignant note… and then the piano begins.
What a beautiful time they spent together, the boy and the snowman.
In the morning, however, only the memories remain.
And a scarf.