Country Music Christmas 2016: The Best of the Festive Season

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It’s that time of year again! Check out our list of the best country music Christmas songs to get you into the festive spirit.


Christmas is a time for family, friends, gift-giving, and of course, music. There are plenty of great Christmas songs out there, but country music has its own special place in the holiday season. From cheerful tracks to tear-jerker ballads, these are the best country Christmas songs of 2016.

The Best Country Christmas Albums of 2016

As the festive season is upon us, we’ve put together a list of the best country Christmas albums of 2016. These albums are sure to get you into the Christmas spirit, whether you’re driving in your car or relaxing at home. From classic country to contemporary, there’s something for everyone on this list. So, without further ado, here are the best country Christmas albums of 2016.

Carrie Underwood – My Gift

Carrie Underwood’s first Christmas album, My Gift, released in 2020, shot to the top of the holiday charts. The album featured a blend of traditional favorites, such as “Silent Night” and “O Holy Night,” as well as original songs written by Underwood. My Gift was produced by Greg Kurstin, who has worked with such artists as Adele and Paul McCartney.

Dolly Parton – A Holly Dolly Christmas

When it comes to country music, there are few artists bigger than Dolly Parton. So it’s no surprise that her first full-length holiday album in 30 years would be one of the best Christmas albums of 2016. A Holly Dolly Christmas features a mix of classic holiday tunes and original compositions, all with Parton’s signature twang. Highlights include the beautiful ballad “Hard Candy Christmas,” the uptempo “Christmastime Is Coming,” and of course, her duet with Kenny Rogers on “Baby, It’s Cold Outside.”

Garth Brooks – Christmas Together

Released on November 11th, Garth Brooks’ first-ever Christmas album pairs the country megastar with his wife Trisha Yearwood for a collection of holiday classics and original songs. Christmas Together is a joyful and festive listen from start to finish, with Brooks and Yearwood’s rich vocals bringing new life to classics like “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” and “White Christmas.” The album also features several original tracks penned by Brooks himself, including the heartwarming “What I’m Thankful For (The Thanksgiving Song)” and the fun-filled “Christmas Together.”

Willie Nelson – Pretty Paper

In a year that saw the loss of country music giants Merle Haggard and Glen Campbell, it’s only fitting that one of the best Christmas albums of 2016 would come from Willie Nelson. The country legend’s latest holiday release, Pretty Paper, is a mix of standards and original tracks that Nelson co-wrote with his sister, Bobbie.

Nelson’s voice is as smooth as ever on tracks like “Pretty Paper” and “Winter Wonderland,” and he brings his own special brand of holiday cheer to originals like “The Christmas Blues.” With guest appearances from fellow country legends like Dolly Parton, Kris Kristofferson, and Toby Keith, Pretty Paper is a must-have for any country music fan this holiday season.

The Best Country Christmas Songs of 2016

Country music and Christmas go hand-in-hand. The best country Christmas songs of 2016 are the perfect way to get into the festive spirit. From heartwarming ballads to toe-tapping anthems, these songs are sure to get you in the Christmas spirit. So, pour yourself a glass of eggnog, sit back, and enjoy the best country Christmas songs of 2016.

Carrie Underwood – Hallelujah

This soulful rendition of the Leonard Cohen classic is sure to send shivers down your spine. Carrie Underwood’s voice is angelic as she sings about the birth of Jesus Christ. This song is sure to be a holiday favorite for years to come.

Dolly Parton – Hard Candy Christmas

In Dolly Parton’s “Hard Candy Christmas,” the country legend captures both the excitement and exhaustion of the holiday season. The song is a fixture on country radio during Christmas, and its message of hope and togetherness is as timely now as it was when it was released in 1982.

Garth Brooks – Baby, It’s Cold Outside

Garth Brooks’ take on “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” is the perfect country Christmas song for 2016. The original song was written in 1944 by Frank Loesser, and has been covered by many artists over the years. Brooks’ version is a duet with his wife, Trisha Yearwood, and is sure to get you in the holiday spirit.

Willie Nelson – Frosty the Snowman

Willie Nelson’s take on the Christmas classic Frosty the Snowman is one of the best country Christmas songs of 2016. The legendary country singer gives the song a laid-back, folksy feel that is both nostalgic and charming. The simple arrangement featuring only acoustic instruments allows Nelson’s warm voice and delivery to shine through, making this a must-hear for any fan of Christmas music.


In conclusion, Country Music Christmas 2016 was a great success. The best of the festive season was on display, and the public enjoyed a wide range of music from different genres. This year’s event was a true celebration of country music, and we can’t wait to see what next year’s event has in store. Thank you for joining us, and we hope you had as much fun as we did!

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