Ten Country Christmas songs to try not to hate


So you haven't finished your holiday shopping. Perhaps, in fact, you haven't even started it. Don't you feel bad about yourself? Hey, there's still plenty of time to order gift cards, which you know your folks want anyway. Cabela's, Bass Pro Shops, Mills Fleet Farm. Easy!

So click click, then kick back and enjoy these Country Christmas tunes, the quality of which as a whole I cannot stand behind. You've been warned.


The Oak Ridge Boys - "Christmas Cookies" With all the simple charm one can expect from an Oak Ridge Boys, this song is a new (old) favorite.

Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers - "Christmas Without You" This, on the other hand, is a 1984 favorite. Familiarize yourself with all the key components of Kenny and Dolly's CBS Christmas Special here. Buck Owens - "Santa Looked a Lot Like Daddy" An insightful man, that Buck.

Dr. Elmo - "Santa Got Run Over by a Reindeer" In 1978, husband and wife duo Elmo and Patsy recorded the holiday classic "Santa Got Run Over by a Reindeer." In 1983, Elmo released this re-mix. In 1985, Elmo and Patsy divorced. Sorry! Oh, and there's no such thing as Santa, Grandpa.

Alabama - "Santa Claus (I Still Believe In You)" Dang it! Randy Owen says I'm wrong. Okay, I guess there is such a thing as Santa, Grandpa. Oh and by the way, their 1985 Christmas album still holds up 25 years later. Having been with it for 25 years is making me feel really old. And moving on... Kenny Chesney - "All I Want for Christmas is a Real Good Tan" You've seen Chesney in his sleeveless shirts and puca shell necklaces. I think he got his wish.

Brenda Lee - "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" At 4'9", I don't know if it was the petite size or the premature stardom of Little Miss Dynamite that's always kinda creeped me out. In any case, this song's essential. Gene Autry - "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" Originally written for a children's coloring book, Autry's 1949 version of this song remains the standard. Is it because of the singer's awesomely colorful, fringed and embroidered shirts? His even cooler boots? Probably.

Reba McEntire (popularized by Trisha Yearwood) - "It Wasn't His Child" First thought that comes to mind? Well, duh. Second? Sorry - this song's gonna make you wanna puke. Merle Haggard - "If We Make It Through December" ONLY TWO MORE WEEKS! Until we have the massive buildup then disappointment that is New Year's Eve, that is. You can make it!