Our Favorite Country Classics To Get You In The Holiday Spirit
It's the most wonderful time of the year, y'all! With Christmas in under two weeks, the holiday season is upon us. In that spirit, we've made a list of classic country holiday songs, including a few covers and a few originals, that the whole family can sing along to.
Reba McEntire - "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus"
This has to be one of the funniest Christmas songs that’s ever been written, if you’re into that sort of thing. And it fits Reba’s voice quite well!
Dolly Parton - "Hard Candy Christmas"
This 1982 classic remains a seasonal staple to this day. Staying true to Dolly’s unique musical style, “Hard Candy Christmas” gives many people the motivation to get through this time of year.
George Strait - "Christmas Cookies"
Recently covered by Lainey Wilson, the lyrics of this one center around one of our favorite holiday traditions - cookie decorating! The whole family can jam to this fun, joyful masterpiece while baking.
Alan Jackson - "Let It Be Christmas"
The recent CMA Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award and CMT Artist Of A Lifetime recipient has an impressive holiday catalogue. “Let It Be Christmas” is the title track of Jackson’s second Christmas album. It describes what the Christmas spirit feels like deep down- a state of peace, serenity, and cheerfulness.
Alabama - "Tennessee Christmas"
It may not be a white Christmas like they get in Colorado, or a comfortable and warm Christmas like they get in California - but it sure is a special one if you’re spending it in your hometown with your loved ones. This legendary seasonal tune captures that sentiment well.
Johnny Cash - "I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day"
This is about as classic as it gets. This 1963 song highlights the reason for the season, celebrating peace on earth and goodwill towards everyone. Cash has many holiday originals, but this one probably puts the most joy in our hearts!
Loretta Lynn - "Country Christmas"
The title track of Loretta’s 1966 holiday album, this has to be one of the greatest Christmas songs of all time. With vivid and heartwarming lyrics capturing the holidays, the late Coal Miner’s Daughter helps us celebrate Christmas in true Southern fashion.
Willie Nelson - "Pretty Paper"
Listen to this Willie Nelson staple as you shop for and wrap gifts this year! The song was originally inspired by a street vendor who often sold gift wrapping supplies around the holidays. Recently, an updated version of the song was released featuring Dolly Parton.
Merle Haggard - "If We Make It Through December"
Often considered one of the greatest forces in country music, Haggard contributes his unmatched vocals to this 1973 classic. If you find yourself spending the holidays up north, this song can remind you of what’s to come after this frightful weather subsides.
Faith Hill - "Where Are You Christmas"
In one of Faith Hill’s most iconic songs, she sings of the true meaning of Christmas - the holiday is all about love and joy in your heart. It has stood the test of time, eventually being featured in How The Grinch Stole Christmas and covered by the legendary a capella group Pentatonix.
"All I Want For Christmas Dear Is You" - Travis Tritt
Nope, this is not the infamous Mariah classic, it’s a much sadder one. This song covers the feelings of heartbreak, emptiness, and loneliness, when the one you want to spend Christmas with isn’t here.
"Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer" - Elmo & Patsy
We conclude the list with another humorous one. It covers the events and aftermath of grandma, well, getting run over by a reindeer. Perhaps the best part is her triumphant recovery in the music video for this song.
We hope that these songs helped you get in the spirit as much as they did for us! This truly is one of the best times of the year, and Christmas music makes it even better. All Country News wishes y'all a safe and happy holiday season!