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40 Country Christmas Classics For Your Family's Holiday Playlist

It's that time of year again.

Country music has a rich history of Christmas songs, from Gene Autry's 1947 co-write "Here Comes Santa Claus" and country-adjacent folk singer Burl Ives' "A Holly Jolly Christmas" to more recent holiday music classics by Kacey Musgraves, Carrie Underwood and other 21st century stars. It has a way of worming into our souls and warming them in ways so many other contemporary songs just can't. It scratches that itch for nostalgia and a simpler way of life. Maybe that's why we still gravitate toward the classics even when there are so many amazing modern carols and hymns out there in the country Christmas music landscape.

In between, entire albums and EPs of Christmas music by such heavy-hitters as Toby Keith, Reba McEntire, George Strait, Brad Paisley, Darius Rucker, Faith Hill, Blake Shelton, Martina McBride, Lady A, Taylor Swift and others have added to potential playlist entries with fresh material plus tangy renditions of classic Christmas carols and fun modern twists on holiday music mainstays.

But there are so many different and absolutely fantastic songs, how do you know which ones deserve to go on a list of all your annual faves? We've made choosing an incredibly simple process. We did the heavy lifting and sifted through all the country Christmas songs we could think of to bring you only the worthiest, the most ho-ho-holiday magic-filled tunes available.

So get ready to let the holiday spirit flow through you and everyone else around you as well. Here's a 40-song playlist of the all-time best country Christmas songs. It leans heavily into classics that should appeal to the whole family with a few sincere songs on there that might bring tears to some eyes, but that's what this season is all about, after all. Embrace it while you can. Christmas only comes once a year, after all.

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