September is nearing its end and this means we are only about two months away from welcoming the snowy month of December and when December is finally marked on our calendars, we all know that Christmas time is just around the corner.
Some people define the holidays with gift-giving and charity work, while there are also those who put their hearts and souls into preparing the most homey and delicious dinners for their families but for Country Thang Daily, we like to give meaning to Christmas through music.
In this list, we will be tackling the top 10 Christmas albums released by some of your favorite country artists. We’re ranking them based on how much the songs on their Christmas compilation really embodied the warm and joyous holiday season.
10. All I Want For Christmas Is A Real Good Tan – Kenny Chesney[like_button]
Kenny Chesney’s Christmas album speaks more about a vacation get-away for the holidays instead of delving into the traditional set-up of spending this Yuletide season with your family. Its songs feature the East Tennessee Christmas culture that Chesney grew up with, along with some island-inspired chill tunes.
9. The Season for Romance – Lee Ann Womack
Lee Ann Womack makes it to the 9th spot of this list for breaking away from her usual country singing style to make way for a feel-good Christmas album. Her music style in this album features a collection of beloved classic songs with a beautiful jazz and orchestral twist.
8. Classic Christmas – George Strait
With Classic Christmas, legendary country artist George Strait casts a spell of nostalgia by filling his album with the carols that we all grew up memorizing by heart. It is very relatable and immediately takes you back to your fondest memories of spending the holidays with your loved ones at home.
7. Honky Tonk Christmas – Alan Jackson
Unlike his fellow artists, Alan Jackson wittingly combined both new and old holiday anthems to strike the perfect balance for his album. Among the songs included are duets with some of the most talented and acclaimed singers like him. There are tracks featuring a collaboration with the Chipmunks cartoon characters in Santa’s Gonna Come in a Pickup Truck, while And The Angels Cried is a duet with Alison Krauss.
6. Brad Paisley Christmas –Brad Paisley
To ensure that he brings a Christmas album that inspires nothing but good vibes and happy memories to his listeners, Brad Paisley mixed all-time classic Christmas tunes with added humor, to make the songs more lighthearted and enjoyable for all ages. You will surely break into a wide smile with Penguin, James Penguin, Kung Pao Buckaroos, and Born on Christmas Day.
5. Bluegrass & White Snow – Patty Loveless
With Bluegrass and White Snow, fans will feel a different rush of calming happiness and satisfaction. It is comprised of beautifully arranged music ranging from the usual holiday tracks to classic songs with Patty Loveless’ own spin to it, as well as original songs that exhibit Loveless’ romantic take on the season of giving.
4. Beyond the Season – Garth Brooks
Garth Brooks’ Beyond the Season is a pretty rare album to find, but once you finally get hold of a copy, it will surely be worth it. Brooks gets all creative and dynamic with this album, putting together a collection of lively numbers with more reflective and sentimental songs about how Christmas can be spent from different perspectives. Some tunes that will surely be your instant favorites include Silent Night, The Old Man’s Back in Town, and Santa Looked a Lot Like Daddy.
3. Joy to the World – Faith Hill
It took Faith Hill two years to complete this Christmas album, and she has a good reason for it. The country artist did prepare so much to the point where she wanted all her songs to have an intricate production from the orchestra to all the technical sides of recording said album. Her hard work paid off though—because the result is a timeless and highly acclaimed album that reflects the ups and downs of the holiday season. The album also features one of her new songs, A Baby Changes Everything.
2. White Christmas – Martina McBride
Martina McBride’s White Christmas was released three times with different editions. With a flawlessly captivating singing voice, McBride knocks on our hearts for the Yuletide season with amazing tracks and classic favorites.
1. The Sweetest Gift – Trisha Yearwood
Topping our list is the lovely and amazing Trisha Yearwood. Her versatile and powerful vocals prove that she can sing any kind of song—be it a happy track or a sad, reflective tune. Although the arrangement for The Sweetest Gift was executed in a purely traditional manner, Yearwood still managed to add a delightful twist with both old and new tunes, such as Hank Snow’s Reindeer Boogie, Keith Whitley’s There’s A New Kid in Town, and Santa Claus is Back in Town.