Have Yourself a ‘CMA Country Christmas’ and Holiday Song Playlist

Ready for some country-style holiday cheer, y’all? If December doesn’t feel complete without soaring sopranos and big gowns, then “CMA Country Christmas” is the TV special for you. The cheerful, 2-hour singalong returns at 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, to ABC with country’s top voices singing some of the most beautiful holiday songs of the season.

Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles once again hosts this year’s concert with Little Big Town, Brett Eldredge, Sara Evans, Alan Jackson, Dan + Shay, Hunter Hayes, Brad Paisley, LeAnn Rimes, Michael W. Smith, Carrie Underwood, and even Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler (dueting with Brad for “Run Rudolph Run”).

If that’s not jolly enough to pique your interest, consider LeAnn singing the silvery “Carol of the Bells” (watch below), Carrie joining Christian singer Michael W. Smith for a mesmerizing duet of “All Is Well” (from his new holiday album “The Spirit of Christmas”) and Jennifer singing hits like “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town.”

Later, Disney darling Idina Menzel performs “White Christmas,” the melodic “Do You Hear What I Hear?” and then teams with Jennifer to belt out, of course, her unstoppable hit from the movie “Frozen,” “Let It Go.”

All this Fa-La-La-La fun reminds us of some of our favorite old country holiday songs, plus some new ones that just came out for winter 2014 (noted below). Here’s what’s on our MyMusicCloud Top 10 Country Christmas Song Playlist.

10. “Go Tell It on the Mountain” – Sara Evans from her new album “At Christmas”
9. “Hard Candy Christmas” – LeAnn Rimes from her new album “One Christmas: Chapter One”
8. “Last Christmas” – Taylor Swift
7. “Where Are You Christmas?” — Faith Hill
6. “Run, Run Rudolph” – Luke Bryan
5. “White Christmas” – Martina McBride
4. “Do You Hear What I Hear?” — Carrie Underwood
3. “Santa Looked a Lot Like Daddy” — Brad Paisley
2. “Christmas in Heaven” – Scotty McCreery
1. “Please Come Home for Christmas” – Darius Rucker from his new album “Home for the Holidays”

Watch LeAnn Rimes sing “Carol of the Bells”

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The Best and Silliest New Holiday Songs of 2013

It’s been 19 years since Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You” hit the malls, so if all you want for the holidays is some new music to go with your peppermint mocha latte, you’re in luck. MyMusicCloud is putting some fa-la-la-la-fun into your earbuds with these new 2013 holiday albums to download to your holiday playlist.

First, Mariah’s heir apparent, Ariana Grande, has been releasing a new holiday tune each Tuesday this season to promote her upcoming 4-song album Christmas Kisses, out this week. They are:  “Love is Everything,” a remake of the Wham! Boys’ “Last Christmas,” (hear it below) followed by the breathy “Snow in California” and a cover of “Santa Baby,” just out this past Tuesday.

Also in the mistletoe mood are Mary J. Blige (A Mary Christmas), British sensation Susan Boyle (Home for Christmas), a ccapella stars Pentatonix with a “Deluxe Edition” of their 2012 PTXmas album featuring two new recordings of “Little Drummer Boy” and “Go Tell It On The Mountain,” and the bearded dudes from “The Duck Dynasty” singing “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch,” “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and “Camouflage and Christmas” alongside country stars like Luke Bryan and Josh Turner (don’t laugh, “Duck the Halls” has reached Billboard’s No. 4 spot).

But pop queen Kelly Clarkson is outshining everyone with her Wrapped in Red holiday album, featuring remixes of standards like “Silent Night” (with pals Reba McEntire and Trisha Yearwood) and “Please Come Home for Christmas,” plus a swing-y “My Favorite Things” and new songs “Underneath the Tree” and “Wrapped in Red.”

If you prefer your yuletide fun with a Hanukkah spin, watch Elizabeth Chan’s “Fa La La” below. The marketing exec quit her career just to write holiday songs, and her corny homemade music video features dreidels and blue-and-white suited Santa Clauses getting down. There’s also the LOL “Thanksgivvukkah Song,” which rhapsodizes about “turkey-shaped menorahs” and “Pilgrims and Maccabees.”

Enjoy these new holiday favorites below, and learn how to make your own playlist on MyMusicCloud  …

Ariana Grande’s “Last Christmas”

“The Thanksgivukkah Song”

Elizabeth Chan’s “Fa La La”

Making of the “Duck the Halls” Album with the Robertsons