Listen To 10 Perfect Country Christmas Party Songs
Drinks, snacks, mistletoe and music … that’s pretty much all you need for a great Christmas party. Country stars have been providing the soundtrack to gatherings nationwide for decades, but if you’re a little lost on where to begin with songs to play at your Christmas party this year, we’ve put together this playlist of the 10 Best Christmas Party Songs.
Not all of these cuts are upbeat and merry; one or two might be best saved for the end of the night, when it’s just you and that special guest left amongst the candlelight, empty cups and dirty dishes. Luke Bryan, Taylor Swift and Garth Brooks each have a song included, and the top spot on our Christmas party songs list goes to a song we all know (though few can name the artist).
“Santa Looked a Lot Like Daddy”
Garth Brooks is sure to get any Christmas party going with his sampling of Buck Owens’ Bakersfield sound. Brooks has sold over three million copies of the Beyond the Season album, one of two he put out during his career. This fast-paced country-rocker is perfect for a get together with adult friends, and just right to kick off this list of the Top 10 Christmas Party Songs.
Brooks and Dunn
Brooks and Dunn‘s version of this classic is lively and spirited, perfect for your Christmas party. The slower, more poignant songs have their place during the holidays, but when it’s time to have fun, we want the thrills of Kix Brooks‘ guitar and Ronnie Dunn‘s vocals. “Winter Wonderland” can be found on the duo’s 2002 album It Won’t Be Christmas Without You.
“Jingle Bell Rock”
Dozens of artists — George Strait and Eddie Rabbit, to name two — have released their own recordings of this 1957 hit, but Helms’ original still stands alone as the most endearing version, earning him a spot on our 10 Best Christmas Party Songs list. Everyone knows the words, and after a few glasses of eggnog, revelers should be singing along together — for better or worse. “Jingle Bell Rock” was a Top 20 hit for Helms.
While it’s nice to assume that everyone at your party will be crazy for country music, a few may enjoy hearing a pop cover. Taylor Swift‘s version of George Michael’s “Last Christmas” should more than suffice. It’s one of the best country Christmas songs since 2000; the EP it was featured on sold almost one million copies. The singer proves that even during a Christmas celebration, sadness and regret can sound sweet. In addition to making this list of the 10 Best Christmas Party Songs, “Last Christmas” was included on our list of the Top 10 Traditional Christmas Songs.
“Baby, It’s Cold Outside”
Lady Antebellum were practically built to sing songs like this. The steamy interplay between Charles Kelley and Hillary Scott is messaged beautifully on “Baby, It’s Cold Outside.” The No. 6 song on our list of 10 Best Christmas Party Songs is one you may want to save until it’s just you and that one special guest who seems to be lingering around a little longer than the rest. “I’ll just help you clean up?” Sure, we’ve heard that line before.
“Let It Be Christmas”
Alan Jackson‘s hit topped our list of the 10 Best Original Christmas Songs, and would rank higher on the list of the Top 10 Christmas Party Songs, but it falls more under the category of songs you want to play on Christmas morning with the family rather than a few nights before when there’s a line to stand under the mistletoe. Still, it’s one your country music loving friends and family will want to hear at your get together. Find this song on Jackson’s Let It Be Christmas album from 2002.
“Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree”
Brenda Lee was hardly a teenager when she recorded this song in the late ’50s. Even though more contemporary artists like Toby Keith and LeAnn Rimes have taken a turn at reinventing it, the original has persevered and earned a place on our Top 10 Christmas Party Songs list. Lee’s label originally released this song as a pop song, but country radio stations have since kidnapped it.
Kellie Pickler‘s addition to this list of the 10 Best Christmas Party songs is one for the women. It’s doubtful you’ll find a bunch of cowboys singing along to “Santa Baby” (unless they’ve had way too much spiced eggnog), but the ladies may want to do their best impression of Pickler’s recreation of this Eartha Kitt classic. The North Carolina born cutie isn’t a diva, but she sure acts like one on this song, and we love her for it.
“Run, Run Rudolph”
Dozens of artists have covered this Chuck Berry original, but few have played “Run, Run Rudolph” with as much energy as Luke Bryan. He recorded this song in 2008, and it cracked the country Billboard charts. The singer stays true to the original, only allowing his Georgia twang to set his version apart from the others.
This is the most played Christmas song on country radio, making it an easy choice for No. 1 on the Top 10 Christmas Party Songs list. But that’s not the only reason it’s here. It’s charted multiple times since its 1989 release. Lisa Layne (not Vince Vance) is the lead singer, and her straightforward rendition of the holiday love song makes it one people look forward to hearing. Perhaps it’s that few people have covered this version of the song that allows “All I Want for Christmas Is You” to remain so dear to Christmas revelers. Unlike traditional songs like “Jingle Bells” and “White Christmas,” we have no reason to grow tired of it.
Jack Blanchard’s Christmas Column
A Crabby Little Christmas
Starflakes were falling. The moonlight was dreamy.
The snow was all drifty, and tasted whip creamy
Toyland was singing on this Christmas Eve.
Santa’s sleigh was all packed up and ready to leave.
“The big rush is over!”, I heard an elf shout.
They gathered together as Santa came out.
The boss shook each hand as he passed through the group.
Mrs. Santa appeared with a thermos of soup.
“Ho ho”, laughed the chief, as he thanked every one
“for your loyal support, and a job so well done.”
He climbed to the cockpit. “Let’s rock!” he cried.
The reindeer all giggled till they nearly died.
He tucked in the blanket along by his knees,
And took aim at the Milky Way over the trees.
There was shouting and waving and kisses goodbye.
He fastened his seatbelt and soared to the sky.
The crowd went inside to get out of the weather.
Time for the annual Elf Get-together.
All except one, who just slouched on a stump,
Crabby Bassnaster, the neighborhood grump.
“What is it, Crabby”, asked toymaker Spiro?
“We do the work”, he crabbed. “Santa’s the hero.”
“Merry Christmas, big deal”, and “Humbug”, he said.
“Just put it into my paycheck instead.”
Back to the workshop he stumped with a grumble,
grumping back over his shoulder to mumble:
“Land, if there’s one thing that I jes’ cain’t take,
it’s singin’ an’ dancin’, an’ ice cream an’ cake!”
Toyland was darkened, and spookily still.
Not a sound of a hammer, much less a drill.
Rumble and grumble, he slumped through the halls,
Even his shadow looked sad on the walls.
By the light on his workbench he fumed and he fussed,
brushing away at a small speck of dust.
“One more ‘ho-ho’ from jolly ol’ Santa,
And I’m gonna pack an’ go back to Atlanta.
Sweeping the floor in a circle of light,
He saw something shiny there, off to the right.
“A leftover present? How can that be?
How come these troubles all happen to me?”
Tied with a ribbon and stuck with a pearl,
the card was addressed:” To a good little girl”.
“The name an’ address are marked here inside,
so it looks like I’m in for a cold midnight ride.”
He hitched up the sleigh for the unscheduled run.
“The work of a pore elf jes’ ain’t never done.”
(Later that Christmas Eve…)
“Now, let me see, this looks like the house.
I hope I don’t stir up no critter nor mouse.”
Then from the roof, down the chimney he slid.
“They ain’t makin’ chimleys the way that they did.”
There by the fire a little girl sat.
“Jes’ what I need, a wide awake brat.”
She said, “Are you Santa”? He seemed sort of scarey.
“Do bloodshot eyes twinkle? Is my nose a cherry?
No, I’m just a gopher, a regular jerk.
He gets the glory, an’ we do the work.”
“I love you”, she melted. “You ARE kinda cute!’
His face turned as red as his little red suit.
“I just couldn’t sleep. I was feeling so bad.
It’s my first Christmas Eve away from my dad.”
Suddenly sobbing and snurfing and sighing.
Could all of that racket be Bassnaster crying?
He gave her the gift, and he kissed her goodbye,
With almost a twinkle in one teary eye.
Up to the rooftop, and into the sleigh,
He cranked up the reindeer and roared them away.
“Back to the party! Les move this ol’ crate!
I better not miss out on ice cream an’ cake!”
And, I heard him shout, as he dropped ‘er in gear,
“Merry Christmas, y’all, and a Happy New Year!”
Copyright © Jack Blanchard 2005, 2014.
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Your Daily Devotions
“I, the LORD, have called you in righteousness; I will take hold of your hand.
I will keep you and will make you to be a covenant for the people and a light for the Gentiles, Isaiah 42:6
Another goal of your daily devotions should be: guidance. Without God’s input you’re at the mercy of your own best thinking—and that should concern you greatly! The Psalmist wrote, ‘Show me Your ways…teach me Your paths; guide me in Your truth and teach me, for You are God my Savior, and my hope is in You all day long.’ (Psalms 25:4-5). God said through the prophet Isaiah: ‘I will bring the blind by a way they did not know; I will lead them in paths they have not known. I will make darkness light before them, and crooked places straight. These things I will do for them, and not forsake them.’ (Isaiah 42:16). The path you take determines your destination, so before you decide to go in a given direction, talk to God. And don’t be surprised when He takes you down a road ‘you have not known’. You must trust that God knows what He’s doing. Blaise Pascal said, ‘All of man’s troubles stem from his inability to sit quietly in a room alone.’ In this fast-paced age you must take time to slow down, collect your thoughts, evaluate what’s happening around you, and get direction from the One who knows the end from the beginning (Isaiah 46:10). Jesus told His disciples to ‘come apart’ in order to be rejuvenated physically and spiritually (Mark 6:31). The Bible says, ‘…When they were alone, He explained all things to His disciples.’ (Mark 4:34). There are certain things God will explain to you only when you take the time to be alone with Him.
help me spend alone time with You today so that I can meditate upon You!
In Jesus’ NameAmen