November 16

Cover Wars: Early Christmas Battle Royale

Howdy folks! Welcome to another Cover Wars! Even though this is only the second episode, we’d like to spice things up. We have compiled 5 songs for you to compare. For this episode, as the title connotes, we’ll be having a Christmas song, “O Holy Night.”

So take a closer look at the following country singers sing their own version of the song and comment down whose cover is the best!

LUKE BRYAN

With all the contenders, Luke Bryan is the latest to release his cover. As they say it, “He gets us all pumped-up for Christmas.” The new American Idol judge debuted a preview of the carol with People last November 9, and the full version is now available for fans to enjoy on demand. This isn’t Bryan’s first foray into the holiday realms. In 2008, his version of “Run Run Rudolph” off the album Country for Christmas hit the charts at No. 42, the second-highest charting of the tune behind only the debut recording by Chuck Berry.

MARTINA MCBRIDE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gec2NfUZM-E

We know that nobody can put a classic country twist on a Christmas hymn like Martina McBride. She recorded a mega-popular version of this song for her 1998 album, ‘White Christmas.’

The holiday album was so successful that RCA re-released it in 1999, and then again in 2007 with new artwork and four additional tracks. In 2009, Legacy Records released the album with a DVD.

CARRIE UNDERWOOD

The hymns and songs of the season are what make Carrie Underwood think of Christmas. And the more traditional, the better. Although it’s not the same as Martina McBride’s version, a lot of people think that her version is powerful and that’s enough for us to put her into this Battle Royale.

BRETT YOUNG

When Brett Young was asked about this song, he said: “I grew up singing ‘O Holy Night’ in church, and it reminds me of so many childhood memories. There’s just something so beautiful and reverent about it that gets me in the holiday spirit every time I hear it. It is one of my favorite Christmas songs so I jumped at the chance to record it.”

CHRIS YOUNG

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2BqIzSQL9zs

Chris Young version of the song is quite straightforward. He doesn’t try to get cute or creative with the melody or lyrics.

It’s difficult to stay true to an original yet somehow still put your stamp on the end product, but it’s been done before (most memorably by Martina McBride).

So what do you say, folks? Let us know by leaving a comment down below!


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