Every Christmas needs a soundtrack. Whether it's background for baking, motivation for making merry, or ambiance for entertaining, seasonal music is a must! So I've complied a list of a few of my favorite holiday treats. (In no particular order)
1. "Baby It's Cold Outside"- Lee Ann Womack and Harry Connick Jr. Probably my favorite Christmas songs and there are so many great versions (Lady Antebellum/ Suzy Bogguss with Delbert McClinton). But Lee Ann's sultry matches Harry's sass perfectly in this interpretation.
2. "Oh Holy Night"-John Berry. In a word; Breathtaking! Truly stunning vocals and instrumentation make this 5:18 version fly by. Hands down the best rendition of this song ever. (In my humble opinion)
3. "Go Tell It On The Mountain"- Little Big Town. The CMA/ACM Vocal Group of the Year take us to church with this one. Smooth as silk harmonies and passionate pitch perfect delivery will have you chanting "amen!"
4. "Santa Baby"-Kellie Pickler. Kellie makes Eartha Kitt proud with her playful version of this classic. She is precisely paired with the 1953 standard. Somebody slip this songstress a sable under the tree.
5."Merry Christmas From The Family": Montgomery Gentry. Every Christmas needs a little comic relief. Enter Eddie and Troy and their take on the Robert Earl Keen classic. Move over Elmo and Patsy, this humorous holiday jam is way cooler and much more palatable.
6. "Candy Cane Christmas"-Darius Rucker. Like buttah! Darius' voice just melted my laptop screen. Seriously, you will have to pick me up off the floor after I finish listening to this sweet ear candy. Rucker sings outside the box and instantly takes you to another time and place; think fedora and Sinatra. It sounds like a Christmas classic but Darius co-wrote this gem for his Home for The Holidays album.
7. "Run Run Rudolph"- Luke Bryan. Bring on the fun, bring on the Bryan! Every party needs a little Luke. And of the hundreds of versions of this song recorded, Luke had the highest charting release of anyone, next to the original, Chuck Berry, of course.
8. "Silver Bells"- Dwight Yoakam. Only the honky-tonk hero could take a Christmas standard and make it seem like it was originally a country song. Yoakam puts his signature Bakersfield sound to this classic. Accordions and Christmas really do work well together!
I could add at least another 10 favorites, but I'll save it for another yuletide day. On that note...Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night.
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Check out Luke spreading cheer in the recording studio: