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Taking sides: What's the most underrated holiday song of all time?

Johnny CashCan't go wrong with Cash on Christmas.

For this week's Taking sides column we've decided to ditch our regularly scheduled argument for some gentle-and-mild bickering over seasonal songs that never got their due. You know, peace on Earth and good will toward your fellow bloggers and all.

What are the most underrated holiday tunes of all time? Check out our faves after the jump and don't forget to share your faves in the comments.

(Cash and a gnarly psych-rock carol, after the jump.)

Chris Richards: If anything, Bob Dylan's new Christmas album is a sonic reminder that the holidays are the most crazed time of the year. Shouldn't more of our Christmas music reflect that? If you feel me, check out Rotary Connection's "Silent Night Chant," the gnarliest psych-rock carol ever recorded. All is definitely not calm.

Sarah Godfrey: My vote for the most slept on Christmas song: Sweet Tee's "Let the Jingle Bells Rock." "Christmas in Hollis" is always held up as the sole example of respectable Christmas rap, but there are other decent holiday hip-hop tracks out there. And I like that she rhymes "roasting," "toasting" and "boasting"-- all the activities necessary for an excellent holiday -- in one line.

Allison Stewart: I'd say Johnny Cash's "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day," or just about anything on any of his Christmas albums, or on Dolly Parton's. I think the best holiday songs are the sad ones (what's more depressing than "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas?"), and the old-timey country singers are great at that. If they wanted to make you sad, they could. And you stayed sad.

David Malitz: I'm of the belief that it's impossible for holiday music to be underrated. So I'll pick one that's not a traditional holiday song, is decidedly non-denominational but has a universal theme -- "Get Your [Expletive] Together for the Holidays," by D.C.'s Deleted Scenes. It's appropriately weary and woozy, matching the way most people feel when forced to be in close quarters with all those relatives.

By Chris Richards  |  December 24, 2009; 10:05 AM ET
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My hands down favorite holiday song, and one I hold off listening to until Christmas each year, is "Fairytale of New York" by the Pogues. The melody is flawless and the lyrics are both irascible and loving. It evokes the season without resorting to cheats or tropes.

Posted by: JSGNWDC | December 27, 2009 1:02 PM | Report abuse

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