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Top 10 Twangy Christmas Tunes

There are Christmas songs for every taste, from the serenity of “Silent Night” to the absurdity of “Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer.” Here are ten of my personal country favorites, from the past ten years. Pour a little ‘shine in your eggnog, light a fire, and get ready to celebrate the holidays, Nashville-style.

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1. "Mary Did You Know" - Reba McEntire w/ Vince Gill and Amy Grant

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This is such a simple, but beautiful song, especially as performed by these three legendary artists. The harmonies are magical. It is definitely worth adding to your Christmas collection!

2. "Gold and Green" - Sugarland

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I think this is one of the most underappreciated country Christmas songs, probably because of the unfairly mediocre reviews it received from certain Scrooges, when it was first released. Like many holiday songs, “Gold and Green” is about romance at Christmas. It is sweetly sentimental, and perfect for this time of year!

3. "Candy Cane Christmas" - Darius Rucker

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This is one of two original songs on Darius Rucker’s 2014 album “Home for the Holidays.” I like how this tune combines a lush, 1940s sound with just enough twang to make it country. Darius still has one foot still planted firmly in the pop world, but who cares? The guy is a genius, and Nashville loves him!

4. "The Christmas Song" - Dylan Scott

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I never thought anyone would ever sing this Christmas classic more perfectly than Nat King Cole. Now along comes Dylan Scott, who performs it with such melancholy that it is sure to bring a tear to your eye. This is my favorite “new” Christmas song, having recently been released on Dylan's first holiday EP, “Merry Christmas.”

5. "I'll Be Home for Christmas" - Sara Evans

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First recorded by Bing Crosby in 1943, "I'll Be Home for Christmas" is sung from the perspective of a soldier stationed overseas. Sara Evans gives it the right touch of sentimentality, with steel guitar and sweetly sad dobro adding to the feeling of longing to be with loved ones. It is just as meaningful now, as it was during WWII.

6. "Run, Run Rudolph" - Luke Bryan

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Chuck Berry did it first, but Luke Bryan gives this rock n’ roll classic a distinctive country twang that'll you want to line dance around the Christmas tree!

7. "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" - Kaitlyn Baker

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"Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" is one of the most-recorded Christmas songs ever, but it never gets old. Kaitlyn Baker covers it well, giving it a unique mix of country twang and jazzy saxophone. The music video is just as much fun, with Baker and her family clowning around, decorating a tree. Even her dogs get in on the act!

8. "Do You Hear What I Hear" - Carrie Underwood

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Written as a peace song during the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962, “Do You Hear What I Hear” has since become a Christmas classic, covered by hundreds of artists. Carrie Underwood’s version is one of the most beautiful. (Is there anything she can't sing perfectly?)

9. "Christmas Eve" - Blake Shelton

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Blake Shelton sounds great on almost anything, but a children’s choir singing background vocals makes “Christmas Eve” even better. Give it a few years, but this might very well be a new Christmas classic.

10. "Last Christmas" - Taylor Swift

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It’s a Christmas song; it’s a breakup song; it's two songs, in one! Taylor's vocals aren't quite as good as now, but then again, she wrote and recorded this song, when she was just a teenager. Billboard called it “another early example of Swift's songwriting abilities.” It sure is!

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