The Best Country Christmas Songs

Traditional Songs Add to Festive Holiday Feeling

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Christmas is the most traditional of holidays, and these country songs of the season add to that festive feeling of warmth and family. Included on this list of favorites are both traditional holiday songs and strictly country. It features traditional artists like George Strait, country popsters like SHeDAISY and a Western-styled song from Riders in the Sky.

Brad Paisley covers the Buck Owens original with all the necessary twang and steel guitars. Owens would be proud. From Paisley's "Brad Paisley Christmas" album.

The story of the nativity sung by two of the best voices in country music. This is from Alan Jackson's first Christmas album "Honky Tonk Christmas."

This is from Brooks & Dunn's "It Won't Be Christmas Without You."  It's a honky-tonk arrangement with a cute substitution: "All the little kiddies knock him down" becomes "all the buckaroos knock him down."

It wouldn't be Christmas without this popular tune. Who could forget the line, "She had hoof prints on her forehead, and incriminating Claus marks on her back"? From Elmo & Patsy's album "Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer."

Elvis Presley: 'Blue Christmas'

Many people have performed this song, but nobody does it quite like Elvis Presley. From his "Elvis Christmas" album.

From Faith Hill's "Joy to the World" album. Just about everyone knows this classic hymn. Faith Hill sings it perfectly; she doesn't try to go over the top but gives a beautiful, understated performance.

From the album "Traditional Christmas." Joe Nichols gives a true country music arrangement to this holiday classic.

From Johnny Cash's "Classic Christmas" album. This popular song is done in recitation style, and it tells the story of Conrad and his dream that the Lord would come to his home and be his Christmas guest. Throughout the night, different people show up at his door, including a beggar, old lady, and frightened child. Each time, Conrad offered his hospitality, but he was disappointed, and he prayed, asking the Lord why He didn't show up. The Lord answered him saying that he did come, three times, and was welcomed in and was happy to be Conrad's Christmas guest.

From the compilation album "Hear Something Country: Christmas 2007," Kellie Pickler gives her best sultry vocal performance on this contemporary Christmas song.

From Kenny Chesney's album "All I Want for Christmas Is a Real Good Tan." This song is done with an island feel to it, which perfectly complements Kenny's style of music.

 Kenny Rogers and Wynonna Judd do a great job on this wonderful song. It's nice to hear it performed as a duet. From Kenny Rogers' album "The Gift."

Lee Ann Womack and Harry Connick Jr. trade lines in this sultry classic tune. From Womack's "The Season for Romance."

This is probably one of the most difficult Christmas songs to sing, but Martina McBride is definitely up to the task. She just soars on the high notes and nails this song. From her "White Christmas" holiday album.

There are probably a lot of people nowadays who can relate to the lyrics in this song. He gets laid off from the factory before Christmas and can't get his daughter any gifts. But he has plans to move, maybe to California, the next summer. The acoustic arrangement of this song makes it feel like Haggard is right there singing to you. From Merle Haggard's "Hag's Christmas" album.

The Oak Ridge Boys give "Christmas Cookies" a Western swing feel. They sing about all the sweet cookies that their ladies make them that are shaped like bells and stars, with sprinkley things on top. Yummy! This is from the Oak Ridge Boys' "Christmas Cookies" album.

This is from Patty Loveless' album "Bluegrass and White Snow." Loveless' Christmas album has beautiful arrangements of holiday favorites. Jon Randall adds wonderful harmonies in this lovely traditional tune.

This song, from Riders in the Sky's "Christmas the Cowboy Way," tells the story of the three wise men who visited the baby Jesus. The Riders' harmonies are superlative. Lovely!

This is a cool contemporary arrangement of this traditional Christmas classic. The Osborne sisters' harmonies make it even more special. From SHeDAISY's album "Brand New Year."

When you hear this song, you want to get up and dance along with the music. From Suzy Bogguss' album "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas." 

This story seems as though it could be about any child, but, of course, that isn't the case. She's singing about how Joseph loved Jesus, even though he wasn't his child. It's a great story sung by a woman with one of the most beautiful voices in any genre of music. Skip Ewing wrote this song, and his lyrical images are amazing. From Trisha Yearwood's ​"​Sweetest Gift" holiday album.