Holigay Playlist: Country Ladies Doing Christmas Right

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2015 was the year I discovered that I’m a little bit country (in addition to being a little bit rock ‘n roll, of course). Thus, as part of my annual mission to grow my holigay tunes collection, I decided this year I’d go all out and put a little more twang into the season. I’ve assembled a best-of collection for you here, minus any song that isn’t exclusively by or predominately fronted by a woman — because, I mean, c’mon.

Country Christmas – Loretta Lynn
With Bells On – Dolly Parton; Kenny Rogers
Up On The Housetop – Reba McEntire
Must Be Santa – LeAnn Rimes
Santa I’ve Been Naughty – Gretchen Wilson
Nuttin’ For Christmas – Sugarland
Run Rudolph Run – Sara Evans
Two-Step ‘Round the Christmas Tree – Suzy Bogguss
Hard Candy Christmas – Dolly Parton
Christmas Will Be Just Another Lonely Day – Brenda Lee
One Happy Christmas – Tammy Wynette
To Heck With Ole Santa Claus – Loretta Lynn
Put A Little Holiday In Your Heart – LeAnn Rimes
Go Tell It On The Mountain – Sheryl Crow
Santa Claus Is Back In Town – Trisha Yearwood
What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve? – Lee Ann Womack
(Merry Christmas) We Must Be Having One – Tammy Wynette
Christmas Without You – Luanne Hunt
O Holy Night – Wynonna
Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas – Little Big Town
If You See Rudolph – Gretchen Wilson
A Holly Jolly Christmas – Lady Antebellum
At Christmas – Sara Evans
Reindeer Boogie – Trisha Yearwood
All I Want For Christmas Is You – LeAnn Rimes
Mr. & Mrs. Santa Claus – George Jones; Tammy Wynette
I Won’t Decorate Your Christmas Tree – Loretta Lynn
I Believe In Santa Claus – Dolly Parton; Kenny Rogers
Winter Wonderland – Sugarland
Blue Christmas – Amber Dotson
Silver Bells – The Judds
‘Til The Season Comes ‘Round Again – Reba McEntire

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  1. This is so perfect.

    (Also, seems relevant, my partner and I were driving through Tennessee over Thanksgiving and we passed a sign for Dollywood and I screamed and almost threw up from excitement.)

    • geneva and i totally intended to hit up dollywood when we went west, but alas, it was expensive and not that close to nashville. so we settled for only seeing graceland and not both, which is a bummer. ONE DAY ONE OF US WILL GET THERE!

  2. My usual Tuesday night gig is hosting karaoke night at SAGE (an LGBT senior support group). The other host loves country and is eager to do a holiday theme night, so this is just in time. :D

    • wait am i receiving a holiday card from you that will accompany said country feelings perfectly because I AM HERE FOR THAT ALAINA

  3. Dolly Parton: doing Christmas and just about everything else right since before most of us were born!

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