Top 10 Country Christmas Songs For Timeless Holiday Seasonings


through Marcus K. Dowling

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With country music being deeply rooted in the traditions of gospel and folk music, the holiday season is a time when there is a considerable level of creative inspiration. More than usual, the 2021 holiday season saw country music dive deep into the realms of Christmas cheer, Christian spirituality, and goodwill for all. Therefore, at CMT, we’ve decided to honor a handful of the high level of current Christmas carols, and also highlight them against a few other notable holiday moments in country music’s century-old history.

Gene Autry – “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer”

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As well as being a true Christmas classic, the legend of the cowboy era singing Gene Autry’s adaptation of Harry Brannon’s performance by songwriter Johnny Marks on the 1939 story Rudolph the red nosed reindeer published by the Montgomery Ward Company is one of country music’s best pop-crossover success stories. The song was suggested as a “B” side that Autry was skeptical of recording, but his wife convinced him to use it. The crooner’s memories of “the most famous reindeer of all” were recorded in June 1949, released as a children’s record by Columbia Records in September 1949, released as a pop record two months later, and were a pop. n ° 1 at Christmas 1949.

Trisha Yearwood – “It Wasn’t Her Child”

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“It Wasn’t His Child” was written and recorded by Skip Ewing in 1989, but five years later via Trisha Yearwood’s Christmas album. The sweetest gift, the sincere awareness of the birth of Christ has reached its greatest fame. A take on the reason for the season from Joseph’s perspective, not Mary’s, is profound. Adding a layer of agitation in the sense that the Immaculate Conception demands a level of humility on the part of a man that many men in the same position – but not written on the Bible – add a greater seriousness about. Then to wrap the song up in the sense of an understanding driven by the higher purpose of the vacation, and there’s really no other song like this.

Buck Owens – “Santa Claus looked a lot like daddy”

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If you’re looking for a perfect song to play after hearing “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus,” Buck Owens’ 1965 vacation hit “Santa Looked A Lot Like Daddy” is ideal. Buck Owens adding a touch of his signature humor to this idea is really fun, and it’s also – given the topic – actually a pretty well-written song too, to boot.

Willie Nelson – “Pretty Paper”

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‘Red-Headed Stranger’ from the ’70s era is still a remarkable listen. Thus, Willie Nelson taking a Christmas tune from Roy Orbison 15 years before the release of “Pretty Paper” in 1979 is epic. The lonely story of a street vendor who sells crayons and paper during the Christmas season is poignant. However, the song becomes as deep as Nelson’s when one realizes that he also experienced a similar type of salesman as a boy in Texas. However, in his case, the vendor had his legs amputated and moved with rollers. Among the many Christmas country songs, there are few that strike with the gravity of this classic.

Martina McBride – “holy night”

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Martina McBride’s legacy as an iconic modern country singer is already well established and part of the canon of country music. However, this notion was still close to that “unassailable” level of truth in 1998 when she published White christmas, a holiday album. Backed by tracks such as McBride’s cover of choral favorite, the album was certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America in 1999, Platinum in 2003, then Double Platinum in 2018. If you’re looking for a version of a Christmas song that has the potential for remarkable longevity like the one previously mentioned by Gene Autry, “Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer,” look no further.

Lainey Wilson – “Christmas Cookies”

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The latest from “Things A Man Oughta Know” singer Lainey Wilson has been released just in time for the holiday season. “Christmas Cookies” is a catchy, honky-tonking cover by George Strait that reveals some of the deep tones and phrasing of the rising star’s performance. Regarding the track, Wilson noted in a press release: “‘Christmas Cookies’ by George Strait is just a song that my family and I absolutely adore, and we listen to it during Christmas time, so it’s gonna be cool for them to hear me sing one of our favorite christmas carols.

Carly Pearce – “Mary Did You Know? “

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Carly Pearce completed a year in which she was named CMA’s Female Artist of the Year, joined the Grand Ole Opry, and released a critically acclaimed album. 29, with the release of a cover of the traditional Christmas song “Mary Did You Know?” The “Next Girl” singer’s Kentucky roots show in the most positive ways throughout the song, which has a roots and guitar-focused core. “Christmas has come early, all of you! Pearce posted on social media. “This will forever be one of my favorite Christmas songs. I had so much fun creating my own version.

Tim McGraw – “Christmas Around the World”

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Along with the recent announcement that he will star in the upcoming Paramount + Yellowstone prequel 1883, Tim McGraw has finally released his latest Christmas track, “Christmas All Over The World”. Regarding the cover of New Edition’s 1985 Christmas hit, McGraw noted via Instagram, “There’s nothing that brings us all together like the holiday season. It’s almost that time of year… get in the spirit with “Christmas Around the World”, available now !! “

Mickey Guyton – “sacred night”

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One year after the song was premiered via Apple Music Exclusive covered songs Holiday series, Mickey Guyton has now released his cover of “O Holy Night” on all platforms. The rich and warm vocal styles required to meet the standards of traditional versions of the choral anthem are well in Guyton’s wheelhouse. Guyton 2021 was also marked by holiday-themed appearances. She kicked off 2021 as a performer at the Tournament of Roses Parade on January 1 and was recently featured on Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Carrie Underwood – Stretch Pants

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Just in time for the second and third servings of the holiday meal is Carrie Underwood’s whimsical latest single, “Stretchy Pants.” It is available as well as a “Special Edition” release from his 2020 holiday album. My present. Regarding the latter, it comes out at the same time as the kickoff of its series of concerts, Reflection: The Las Vegas Residence, which opens December 1 at the all-new Resorts World Theater on the Las Vegas Strip.


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