BY: JESSICA BEUKER
If there’s one thing that country artists do right (besides beer-drinking, break-up songs and looking flawless in a cowboy hat) it’s covering a Christmas song. There is something about that southern drawl that is warm, relaxing and will instantly put you in a good mood. Combine that with some nice holiday visuals, or a live performance, and you’ve got yourself a playlist that will be on repeat until January 1st.
Below are a few holiday videos from your favourite country artists to help get you into the holiday spirit!
Joy To The World – Hunter Brothers
Everybody knows Joy to the World, but not everyone has been swept off their feet by the Hunter Brothers version. Upbeat and catchy, this version’s tempo is quite a bit different from the one you’re used to, but listen to it once and you’ll have a hard time ever going back to the original sound.
I’ll Be Home For Christmas – Rascal Flatts
I’ll be home for Christmas has been covered numerous times, but no one has come as close to matching the magic of the original as Rascal Flatts has. Sung completely a cappella, the stunning harmonies in this version will leave you with goosebumps all over your body.
Silver Bells – Dean Brody
It’s hard to go up against a force like Bing Crosby. He’s the Christmas king, and his deep, jazzy, crooner voice is incomparable. Yet, Dean Brody isn’t trying to match, instead he takes the Christmas classic and makes it his own. He strips away the harmonies and the chimes, and belts out the tune with nothing but his acoustic guitar backing him. The result is beautiful.
O Holy Night – Jess Moskaluke feat. The Lovelocks
Probably one of the most vocally challenging Christmas songs, O Holy Night is filled with long, drawn out and controlled notes, overtop a slow and soft melody. Jess Moskaluke was up for the challenge and she absolutely crushed it. Her powerhouse of a voice perfectly glides over the low notes and then kicks it into high gear for the spine-tingling crescendos.
Christmas Time’s A Comin’ – Sammy Kershaw
This classic by Sammy Kershaw is so upbeat and fun that you can’t help but want to dance when you listen to it. This is further aided by the music video which features a crew of fiddle players, drummers, guitarists, accordion players, party-goers and Kershaw himself dancing around a gigantic bonfire. I dare you not to tap your toes!
Christmas Medley – River Town Saints
One could argue that there are so many amazing Christmas songs that it’s impossible to choose just one to cover. Which is probably why River Town Saints decided to choose three. Blending the songs perfectly with stunning harmonies, a plethora of musical instruments and unique transitions, River Town Saints bring maximum holiday cheer.
Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer – Elmo and Patsy
I would bet that there isn’t a single child who didn’t have to listen to their grandpa sing this song around the Christmas holidays. The video tells the story of Grandma, who drank too much eggnog, forgot her medication, and staggered home on Christmas Eve only to be the victim of an unfortunate reindeer incident. It’s a classic, even though your grandma probably hates it.