Country Music Xmas Songs

Country music fans cannot get enough Christmas tunes. This year’s releases were especially impressive, including tracks from Pistol Annies’ debut holiday album.

Carrie Underwood’s latest song features her adorable young son Isaiah singing delightfully and is sure to stir all kinds of feels. In addition, it covers many grown-up issues!

1. “Hard Candy Christmas”

Country singers have an uncanny ability of filling us with holiday spirit through their music. From songs about simple Christmases to extravagant celebrations, country artists capture that feeling perfectly – whether wishing their loved ones a Merry Christmas or reminding themselves that home is where the heart lies, each tune brings special memories to us all.

Dolly Parton’s “Hard Candy Christmas” has become an enduring classic thanks to its message of appreciating what life gives us. Penned by Carol Hall for the Broadway musical The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas and made famous by Dolly herself in 1983, Susannah B’s cover on her 2018 album Tinsel and Lights provides another perspective; Susannah B brings musical innovation and Marvin Gaye-influenced groove to help reinterpret Dolly Parton’s original poignant message for new generations of listeners.

Sugarland’s “Pretty Paper,” recorded for their 2014 album Gold and Green, remains one of the best country Christmas songs. Not only can it bring back fond holiday memories but its infectiously humorous tone will leave you laughing aloud as well!

Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood, Garth Brooks, Tim McGraw, Martina McBride and Reba McEntire have released some phenomenal holiday country songs that will get you into the Christmas spirit. Miranda Lambert and her Pistol Annies also released some fantastic tunes that are sure to put you in an uplifting Christmas spirit!

So put on your favorite pair of cowboy boots and crank up these holiday tunes; they’ll soon have you singing out all your favorites in no time – perhaps they even provide inspiration for a Christmas card message or two!

2. “Pretty Paper”

“Pretty Paper,” Willie Nelson’s timeless Christmas classic written in 1963 and recorded for Monument Records producer Fred Foster became a hit that year after it was initially sent off to Roy Orbison who recorded it himself on his 1964 album. Since then it has become a holiday favorite, being covered by artists like Glen Campbell, Kenny Chesney and Freddy Fender among many others.

The lyrics in the song pay a moving tribute to Frankie Brierton, an incredible disabled street vendor from Santo who sold “pretty papers and pretty ribbons” outside Leonard’s department store in Fort Worth, Texas. According to The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Frankie suffered from spinal meningitis but spent his days selling pencils and papers outside Leonard’s department store despite this great difficulty in life. This song honors him for his perseverance during tough times while paying homage to his amazing resilience while making ends meet against all odds despite circumstances – an indecent tribute which honors both his perseverance as well as his ability to make ends meet financially!

Orbison’s rendition is an emotional and beautiful tribute to Frankie and it can easily explain its popularity – Nelson even included it on his 1979 Christmas album! When heard without knowing its background it could easily be mistaken as just another lament from Orbison; but its deeper significance comes into focus upon learning about Frankie and life in the Stockyards.

Last year, Nelson and Dolly Parton united for an emotional duet performance of “A Holly Dolly Christmas” from Parton’s new album A Holly Dolly Christmas. Their animated music video for this song provides a heartwarming tale about these legendary figures coming back together in song and onstage.

Watch ABC for this year’s Country Music Association Christmas special on Thursday, December 14 at 8PM ET or stream it the next day via Hulu and Disney+ to view a list of performers here. The show will be taped in Nashville at the Ryman Auditorium featuring country artists performing holiday classics. Presented by CMA and powered by Balsam Hill–leading retailer of artificial Christmas trees and themed holiday decor–Balsam Hill also fuels this event!

3. “The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)”

Country music purists know the holiday season is all about those beloved classic Christmas songs. From full-fledged albums to succinct EPs, country artists provide an abundance of tunes that fit any occasion or mood perfectly; each year you are bound to find something new you enjoy listening to from their repertoire of musicians offering holiday tunes.

One of the most beloved holiday classics is “The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire).” First recorded by Mel Torme and Robert Wells in 1942, it quickly became a top chart hit for Nat King Cole who even reached number one with it in 1946. Since then it has become an annual classic covered by artists including Frank Sinatra, Lou Rawls Ray Charles and Pentatonix among many others.

If you’re in search of an upbeat version of this timeless holiday classic, then country singer Darius Rucker’s rendition is sure to get your Christmas spirit going this holiday season! His rendition will put a great stamp of festiveness and festivity onto every listen.

Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani offer another modern cover of holiday classic, “Invitation To Christmas,” featured on their 2012 album Cheers, It’s Christmas. The touching ode pays a touching tribute to Michael Buble who passed away in 2011 while featuring both of their voices singing along together makes for an engaging listen.

There’s nothing better than an emotionally stirring holiday song, and Loretta Lynn’s rendition of this timeless classic does just that. Loretta Lynn possesses a beautiful voice to deliver her rendition of this timeless tune.

This song is sure to put you into the Christmas spirit! For a good laugh, take a look at musician David Rakowski’s funny rendition of this timeless holiday tune: intervals, scales and cadences are covered as lyrics! This fun way of learning music theory should definitely give this version of “Hark The Herald Angels Sing!” a listen.

4. “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year”

This timeless holiday tune, written for the 1944 film Neptune’s Daughter, quickly became one of the most beloved holiday songs ever. Sales quickly increased and it eventually earned over one billion spins on radio. Numerous country artists have recorded versions of this classic but none can match its mesmerizing original version; every generation knows and appreciates this song.

This timeless country song celebrates the true meaning of Christmas and makes an excellent holiday tradition. Brenda Lee originally recorded it, winning a Grammy. Garth Brooks has also recorded this classic, making for another great rendition.

Originaly recorded for Dolly Parton’s album Christmas in Dixie, this track became an instant classic after making an appearance in her musical movie of the same name. It made its way onto its soundtrack and has become a country music Christmas standard ever since.

Bobby Helms’ classic Christmas tune “White Christmas” has been covered by many artists over time; none has captured its spirit more perfectly than him. Be it its original version or Andy Williams’ remake version – both will give you something memorable to listen to this holiday season!

Loretta Lynn makes this Bing Crosby classic even more memorable, and any country playlist would benefit from including it on repeat. Her soothing voice lends itself perfectly to this timeless classic; be sure to add this track for optimal listening experience!

This classic country Christmas song is perfect for its humor and charming melody. Although this ode to hillbilly holidays might not appeal to everyone, its combination of humorous and touching moments make this a wonderful choice to sing with family members if cheesy holiday songs are not your cup of tea.