Christmas Will Break Your Heart

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"Christmas Will Break Your Heart"
LCD Soundsystem - Christmas Will Break Your Heart cover art.png
Single by LCD Soundsystem
ReleasedDecember 24, 2015 (2015-12-24)
RecordedDecember 13, 2015
StudioDFA (New York City)
  • James Murphy
  • Korey Richey
  • Matthew Shaw[1]
LCD Soundsystem singles chronology
"Live Alone"
"Christmas Will Break Your Heart"
"Call the Police" / "American Dream"

"Christmas Will Break Your Heart" is a song by American rock band LCD Soundsystem. It was released as a download single as well as a limited one-sided 7-inch vinyl on December 24, 2015, making it the band's first single in five years.

Background and recording[edit]

Prior to the song's release, in October 2015, there were rumors regarding a possible LCD Soundsystem reunion. It was stated in a Consequence of Sound article that "multiple sources" confirmed that the band would be reuniting in 2016 and that they would be headlining high-profile music festivals. Although this was also confirmed by Billboard, DFA Records label manager Kris Petersen and co-founder Jonathan Galkin both confirmed that LCD Soundsystem would not be reuniting.[2][3]

Band frontman James Murphy called "Christmas Will Break Your Heart" a "depressing Christmas song" which he had been singing to himself for years prior to its recording. The song was recorded at DFA Studios in New York City on December 13, 2015,[4] after Murphy had gotten past band members Al Doyle, Pat Mahoney, Nancy Whang, and Tyler Pope to come to the studio to record the track. The song was also mastered by American musician Bob Weston.[5][6] Following the release of the song, it was confirmed in January 2016 by the band that they would be setting off on a reunion tour and releasing a new studio album in the future.[7]


"Christmas Will Break Your Heart" was released on December 24, 2015 (Christmas Eve) as a 7-inch vinyl[8] and digital download.[9] The 7-inch vinyl is one-sided and limited to only 1,000 copies.[8] The song also marked the first single to be released by the band in four years, following the single "Live Alone", which was released in April 2011.[10]

Track listing[edit]

7-inch vinyl and download
1."Christmas Will Break Your Heart"4:26


Chart (2016) Peak
Mexico Ingles Airplay (Billboard)[11] 48

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label Ref.
 United States December 24, 2015 DFA [8][9]


  1. ^ a b "Christmas Will Break Your Heart / LCD Soundsystem". Tidal. Retrieved August 23, 2018.
  2. ^ "LCD Soundsystem will reunite in 2016". Consequence of Sound. October 8, 2015. Retrieved December 25, 2015.
  3. ^ Grow, Kory (October 8, 2015). "LCD Soundsystem Label Rep Shoots Down Reunion Rumors". Rolling Stone. Retrieved December 25, 2015.
  4. ^ Christmas Will Break Your Heart (single liner notes). LCD Soundsystem. DFA Records. 2015.{{cite AV media notes}}: CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes) (link)
  5. ^ Strauss, Matthew (December 24, 2015). "LCD Soundsystem Share New Song "Christmas Will Break Your Heart"". Pitchfork. Retrieved December 25, 2015.
  6. ^ Daniel, Kreps. "LCD Soundsystem Release First New Song in Five Years". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 25 December 2015.
  7. ^ Hendicott, James (January 5, 2016). "LCD Soundsystem release comeback statement: 'We're not just touring. We're releasing a record'". NME. Retrieved January 5, 2016.
  8. ^ a b c "LCD Soundsystem - Christmas Will Break Your Heart (7" Single)". DFA Records. Archived from the original on December 25, 2015. Retrieved December 25, 2015.
  9. ^ a b "Christmas Will Break Your Heart - Single by LCD Soundsystem". iTunes United States. Retrieved December 25, 2015.
  10. ^ "LCD Soundsystem – Live Alone (File, MP3)". Discogs. Retrieved June 28, 2016.
  11. ^ "LCD Soundsystem Chart search". Billboard. Archived from the original on February 8, 2016. Retrieved February 8, 2016.