It’s officially that time of the year! Temperatures are dropping, sales are popping and families are making travel plans. Yes, it’s Christmastime, and that means time to put together your playlist of perfect country Christmas songs.
Let us help a bit with that. Obviously you’ve no shortage of options, but we’ve honed in on 10 tunes that you definitely need to include on your country Christmas playlist. From the original to the classic, the funny to the sincere, these tunes help signal the holiday season instantly.
Let’s take a look at the 10 of the best country Christmas songs. Merry Christmas!
10. Kenny Chesney, “All I Want For Christmas Is A Real Good Tan”
Ridiculous album artwork aside, All I Want For Christmas Is A Real Good Tan is a great Christmas album from Kenny Chesney. This Paul Overstreet original is sweet and feels like a pretty normal Kenny Chesney song otherwise. Original holiday songs can be tricky, but this one knocks it out of the park.
9. Johnny Cash, “The Christmas Guest”
This Grandpa Jones and Bill Walker song has been covered by plenty of artists, from Cash to Reba McEntire. The song is more of a talking ballad, but it’s a beautiful story and one worth listening to at least once a week during the holidays to remember what’s important.
8. Martina McBride, “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas”
Martina McBride‘s version of this Christmas classic is one of the best out there. It’s the perfect mix of that classic country Christmas twang and beautiful symphonic string arrangement you hear in some of the older holiday classics.
7. Vince Gill, “Blue Christmas”
Elvis Presley probably owns the most famous version of this song, but in country music, Vince Gill is as versatile as they come. This somewhat somber tune isn’t a typical Christian Christmas tune, but it’s always good to include a little bit of melancholy on the list to balance out the crazy amount of cheer in some of these other tunes.
6. Alabama, “Christmas In Dixie”
You run the risk of getting corny with original Christmas songs, but Alabama found the sweet spot with their 1982 song “Christmas In Dixie,” which perfectly captures the experience of Christmas in the South to a lot of families. It remains an Alabama favorite and appears on a few Christmas albums.
5. Elmo & Patsy, “Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer”
They can’t all be serious, and this tune is the king of comedy Christmas. The irreverent song first sang by husband and wife duo Elmo and Patsy tells the tale of Santa Claus accidentally guiding Rudolph and the other reindeer right over a drunken grandma in a snow storm. It may not expressly be a country Christmas tune, but with grandma spiking the eggnog and grandpa going back to watching football the next day, it might as well be.
4. Brenda Lee, “Jingle Bell Rock”
Brenda Lee’s version of this 1957 Bobby Helms classic is one of the most recognizable Christmas tunes around. It’s also particularly popular in movies. George Strait has a great version too, but it’s hard to beat Lee’s classic, earthy delivery on this festive song. Just the first few lines is enough to get you in the holiday spirit.
3. Dolly Parton feat. Kenny Rogers, “White Christmas”
Rascal Flatts also does a great version of this beautiful ballad, but something about Parton‘s delicate voice delivering the melody with such poise just feels so wonderful. It’s a classic no doubt, and sometimes hearing the older versions of these tunes just sets the perfect mood.
2. Alan Jackson, “Silent Night”
One of the most covered songs ever (Christmas or otherwise), “Silent Night” is one of those tunes where everybody has their personal favorite version. But Alan Jackson‘s definitely deserves a serious listen. The country star delivers a beautifully understated version true to the original melody with just the right amount of nylon guitar and country twang.
1. Brad Paisley, “Winter Wonderland”
Brett Eldredge‘s big band version of this song is a close second, but Paisley‘s twangy guitar adds the perfect little country twist to this festive holiday mainstay. It’s the perfect song to wrap presents, bake cookies and put up the Christmas tree to.