I was going to give my suggestions for 10 country Christmas songs you should have on your holiday playlist, but there are so many great songs, I’ve divided my list into two parts. These songs are from many different artists over the past 20 or so years. Many are favorite covers, but there are several originals as well. And now, part 1 of my10 Country Christmas songs for your holiday playlist.
Don’t forget to check out my 10 Country Christmas songs for your holiday playlist – Part 2.
Enjoy and Merry Christmas!
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“A Holly Jolly Christmas” – Lady Antebellum
“A Holly Jolly Christmas” is a track off of Lady Antebellum‘s “On This Winter’s Night” holiday album. A familiar favorite done in typical Lady Antebellum fashion with plenty of warm harmonies.
“Jingle Bell Rock” – Blake Shelton (featuring Miranda Lambert)
Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert may not be married anymore, but “Jingle Bell Rock” shows off their collaboration on this fun Christmas tune, from Blake’s “Cheer’s It’s Christmas” CD.
“Baby, It’s Cold Outside” – Darius Rucker (featuring Sheryl Crow)
Anything that Darius Rucker sings is great, but add Sheryl Crow’s sultry harmonies and this is a track to bring up the heat on any cold holiday night. T“Baby, It’s Cold Outside” can be found on Darius’ “Home for the Holidays” CD.
“Leroy the Redneck Reindeer” – Joe Diffie
If you’re looking for something fun to add to your Christmas playlist, Joe Diffie’s “Leroy the Redneck Reindeer” is just the ticket to tickle your funny bone. This is from Joe’s “Mr. Christmas” CD.
“It Wasn’t His Child” – Trisha Yearwood
Trisha Yearwoodis one of the top female vocalists of country music, and she puts her gentle touch on “It Wasn’t His Child,” which was written by Skip Ewing. Sawyer Brown also covered the tune, but I honestly think Trisha sung it best. It’s from her “The Sweetest Gift” CD.
“Run Run Rudolph” – Luke Bryan
Luke Bryan is clearly one of country music’s hottest male artists, having just won the CMA Entertainer of the Year the past two years running. Here he gives his take on “Run Run Rudolph,” which can be found on the “Country for Christmas” compilation CD.
“Christmas in Dixie” – Alabama
The legendary country group Alabama gives their take on a southern Christmas in the tune “Christmas in Dixie,” which can be found on the group’s “Christmas” CD.
“Mary, Did You Know?” – Kathy Mattea
For those that watched the final performances on Season 9 of The Voice, you probably remember that season’s winner, Jordan Smith’s lovely performance of “Mary, Did You Know.” The version that most people that listen to country music probably know is the duet version by Kenny Rogers and Wynonna. In my opinion, however Kathy Mattea’s version is the best. The song can be found on Kathy’s “Good News” CD.
“The Angels Cried” – Alan Jackson (featuring Alison Krauss)
On Alan Jackson’s first Christmas album, “Honky Tonk Christmas” you can find one of my very favorite Christmas duets ever. The song is “The Angels Cried,” and it features Alison Krauss, who has the voice of an angel, which is fitting for the song.
“Do You Hear What I Hear” – Carrie Underwood
Carrie Underwood wraps her powerful vocals around the classic holiday tune “Do You Hear What I Hear,” which can be found on the compilation album, “Hear Something Country Christmas 2007.”