My Top Five Favorite Country Christmas Songs
You know it's the music that makes the season bright, and there's nothing like a few good Christmas Songs to really good you in the spirit of the Holiday.
Everyone has their favorites, so I figured I would put together a list of my Top 5 favorite Country Christmas Songs. I hope a few are your favorites too.
"Before Lady Antebellum scored their first No. 1 hit with ‘I Run to You’ in 2009, they had a Christmas hit in 2008 with their rendition of ‘Baby, It’s Cold Outside,’ which they also performed on ‘The Today Show.’ Playing up the vocal chemistry between Charles Kelley and Hillary Scott, the track is decidedly more straight country than the country-pop hits the band have mostly been associated with."
"Country superstar Carrie Underwood is no stranger to Christmas material. Over the course of her relatively short (but explosive) career, she has recorded Christmas standards like ‘O Holy Night,’ ‘The First Noel’ and ‘I’ll Be Home for Christmas’, but her rendition of the traditional ‘Do You Hear What I Hear’ is a standout, with Underwood’s powerful voice a perfect match for the big arrangement. Recorded in 2007 for the ‘Hear Something Country Christmas’ compilation, she also performed ‘Do You Hear What I Hear’ in a much more countrified version on NBC during the 75th Annual Lighting of the Christmas Tree at Rockefeller Center that same year."
"It was clear from the very first spin that Alan Jackson's 2002 Christmas song would be more than just another wannabe standard. First, the voice — strong and fatherly, warm… like a plate of fresh gingerbread cookies. A gentle acoustic guitar accompanies a story that sneaks in a lesson of morality. It even charted that year, something very difficult to do with a swarm of new songs and covers each season. The entire album is a project worth keeping close come December 25."
"George Strait didn’t release his most well-known Christmas song on any of his own holiday albums. ‘Christmas Cookies’ can only be found on compilation albums, like ‘A Country Superstar Christmas III’ and ‘A Country Christmas’ from 1999. Song. This song is an instant classic, and perhaps the only well-known tribute to cookies. There truly should be more on this important holiday subject."
"Darius Rucker is certainly a gifted vocalist having proven that in both rock and, country. But with ‘Candy Cane Christmas,’ Rucker channeled his inner Sinatra for a vocal performance that is so different from anything else he’s done, it’s almost unrecognizable. Recorded in 2009 for a compilation titled ‘Now That’s What I Call Christmas,’ the track actually hit No. 16 in the AC charts."