10 Must-Hear Old-School Country Christmas Albums

ByQuyen Anne

Dec 18, 2023

Where would Christmas be without country music? Singing cowboy Gene Autry is more responsible for establishing the Christmas record as an annual and lucrative pop subgenre than anyone not named Bing Crosby. And, right this second, Nashville Sound classics such as “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree,” Jingle Bell Rock,” “Pretty Paper” and “Blue Christmas” remain in heavy rotation on your local all-Christmas radio station.

While every year typically has a few fantastic new country Christmas releases — such as recent holiday offerings by Rodney Crowell and the Mavericks, the Old 97’s and JD McPherson — here’s strictly old-school list. Check out the best-of-the-best Christmas long players released during the first few decades of the Christmas-album era.

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