Christmas Songs That Don't Suck: Part IV

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​Folks, it's just a few days more until that jolly old elf slides down your chimneys, so we at Up On the Sun have been loading you up with a ton o' tunes to get you through the season. For instance: Are you in a grinchy mood? Check out our recent run-through of eight classic un-Christmas songs.

But if you're feeling the season, there are options. Sure, you could track down winking, knowing, tongue-in-cheek versions of classics, but y'know, when it comes to Christmas music, irony has no place. What every good Christmas tune needs is a good bit of nostalgia, but it needs sincerity and comfort, like a sweater or pair of socks your grandmother gifts you. It's better to err on the side of corny.

We're here to guide you in the right direction. If you're tired of the tyranny of the usual, delve into past installments of our Christmas Songs that Don't Suck (Part I, Part II, Part III). Or just scroll on down for the jumbo-sized fourth and final entry, starting off with some international music. Merry Christmas, Phoenix!

Caetano Veloso, "In the Hot Sun of a Christmas Day"

The buttery-voiced Brazilian offers up a melancholy tune while backing flutes reference holiday classics.

, "Zan Vevede"

The Benin-born singer gives "O Holy Night" a minimalist, mostly a cappella rendition. Surprisingly moving.

Toots & the Maytals, "Christmas Feeling Ska"

A cheery, nostalgic number from Jamaica's most soulful singer bounces along in a happy but not saccharine mood.

Carlene Davis & Trinity, "Santa Claus (Do You Ever Come to the Ghetto)"

Another Jamaican number asks the big questions about equitable treatment during a season supposedly for giving.

Rockin' Sidney, "Party This Christmas"

Zydeco music can be kinda grating, but Rockin' Sidney outta New Orleans reminds us all that the holidays are a time to get together and have a good time with folks you love.

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