The Boot/Contact Music/Zach Long
Time start decking the halls!
Everyone has their favorites. The truth is, there are too many good ones out there! Country Christmas songs are timeless and classic. Which is why we’ve created a list that will have you decorating the tree and baking cookies in no time!
Everyone loves a good “White Christmas”! Martina McBride always amazes us with her breathtaking vocals, but we especially love her Christmas renditions. McBride released her fifth holiday album, White Christmas in 1998, featuring a bundle of Christmas favorites. This classic has been sang by many, but she adds her own special touch. It combines the perfect amount of country and classic! Listen below.
Pretty Paper is the first Christmas album ever released by Willie Nelson. The 1979 holiday filled album features a number of classics, from “Jingle Bells” to “Frosty the Snowman”. Nelson wrote “Pretty Paper” in 1963 but originally pitched the song to Roy Orbison who turned it into a hit. It was then later recorded by Nelson and featured on his album of the same name years after its initial release.
Tammy Wynette and George Jones are no strangers when it comes to a great duet. The holidays are no exception! These two released a combined holiday album titled, George Jones & Tammy Wynette, The Classic Christmas Album. The hit “Mr. & Mrs. Santa Claus” is a catchy upbeat Christmas tune that will spark your mood to deck the halls!
Dolly Parton has always stayed true to her Smokey Mountain roots. Despite all the glitz and glamour she is a true country girl at heart, and a stylish one at that! She has released other Christmas favorites such as, “Hard Candy Christmas” which reached #8 on the country charts. What we love about this Christmas tune is that it’s like a little piece of Parton history, and the video is adorable!
‘The King’ of Rock and Roll has always been a part of the country community, and his hit, “Blue Christmas” is a staple when it comes to country Christmas. Although Elvis Presley wasn’t the first to record the song, he is the one who made it famous on his 1957 Christmas album. Truthfully, we’re not sure it gets more classic than this!
Fun Fact: this song was actually co-written by Mariah Cary. Interesting! However, Faith Hill recorded and released the single in 2000. Most famously sang by Cindy Lou Who from Dr. Seuss’s How The Grinch Stole Christmas, it has become a holiday classic for children and adults alike. The music video showcases Hill in Who-Ville, featuring clips of the Grinch and Cindy Lou. This classic just warms our hearts!
Loretta Lynn has a way of connecting her personal life to music in the most genuine way, and her song “Country Christmas” is no different. The joyful tune tells the story of Christmas during her childhood, and the memories shared. The classic country sound makes this song special, and reminds us of why we love Lynn so much! In the beginning of this video you’ll hear her talk a little bit about those memories before she starts singing around the tree.
This old favorite has been around for decades! When George Strait jumps on the lyrics of “Jingle Bell Rock”, it gets a complete country makeover. How could it not? He is “The King of Country” after all. First released in 1957, you can almost guarantee that everyone knows the words to this song! Play this at your next holiday party and start rockin’!
In 1982 Alabama released, Alabama’s Christmas. The song “Christmas In Dixie” was a part of the two-sided holiday record, and gained popularity fast. Even though the lyrics heavily focus on Christmas in the South. Either way, the holiday imagery is something everyone can relate to. Alabama always knows how to keep it country around the holidays!
So we’ve made it to #1. Alan Jackson’s “Let It Be Christmas” is a timeless original that seems to resinate with fans. In 2002 his holiday album of the same name was an instant success. The song charted the same year it was released, even making it to the Top 40 – not something that is easy to do with a new Christmas song. Just watch Jackson perform the song live at CMA Country Christmas 2014 below, and you’ll remember why!
Its not easy to pick JUST 10 of the best country Christmas songs. There are so many good ones! Tell us your favorites, and have a very Merry Christmas!