Taste is subjective and for the readers of Country Music Life, clearly you have GREAT taste in music! As for what constitutes the BEST of something though, you must understand that the best is something subjective to the one who labels the item.
In this case, the BEST Country Christmas Songs, as decided upon by Taste Of Country, largely agrees with my own tastes (with a couple of exceptions.) Presented to you here now is Taste Of Country’s Top 10 Country Christmas Songs along with my comments on each.
See how many you know, and see if you agree.
#10. Christmas Cookies by George Strait
He sure do love them Christmas cookies.
#9. Mary, Did You Know by Kenny Rogers and Wynonna Judd
A thinker of a song, to be sure.
#8. Born On Christmas Day by Brad Paisley
Brad mixed a version of his own voice from the age of 13 when he was the lead singer of the band “The C-Notes.” New classic.
#7. Hard Candy Christmas by Dolly Parton
If there is a song on the list that leaves me dubious, it’s this one. The song is from the movie “Best Little Whorehouse in Texas” and really is a breakup song and not so much about Christmas, save one line – soooo, you can decide, but it’s on the list.
#6. Where Are You Christmas by Faith Hill
Again, from a movie, but a really heart-felt song, a fits the genre.
#5. Blue Christmas by Elvis Presley
Truly one of the great singers, and a great song combo. Wow!!
#4. Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer by Gene Autry
By now a classic and a staple in any collection of the greatest Christmas songs of all time, Country song or not.
#3. Christmas In Dixie” by Alabama
A mid-80’s song that even then was a hit, and continues to be so today.
#2. If We Make It Through December by Merle Haggard
This is another I don’t quite agree with for the list, although a great song. Not a Christmas song in the true sense of the word, and more about economic hardship, but because the word “December” appears in the song, it makes the list. I really like this song, I just don’t think it qualifies as a Christmas song.
and last but not least…
#1. Let It Be Christmas by Alan Jackson
From 2002, the song actually charted the year it was released, and for a Christmas song, that is some feat! It lands on the list and to have it be #1, I would say pretty much works.
While I may rearrange the order of a few of the songs, and as I pointed out, eliminate a couple more, I feel that Taste of Country largely got it right, and we are definitely working with the top of the top Country Christmas songs. Let me know your thoughts, readers. Do you agree? Either way, Merry Christmas to all of you, and let’s look forward to a very happy and prosperous 2015.