What a year this has been … But as we all gear up for what will be the quietest holiday season many will ever experience, the Front Porch has put together a Canadian Country soundtrack to get you through a pandemic holiday.
This is the time of year where we spend time with friends and family, eat lots of great food, and enjoy the Holiday spirit. This year is going to look a little different, but music has the power to make it all seem a little better. We compiled a list of some amazing Holiday songs by all of your favourite Canadian country artists.
This pandemic has affected so many people in the music industry. Be sure to support all these artists by streaming these songs, and following the playlist.
The Best Canadian Country Christmas Playlist
1. Meghan Patrick – “I’ll Be Home For Christmas”
Meghan Patrick has released another Christmas favourite. “I’ll Be Home For Christmas” is such a powerful classic that really hits differently this year. “I’ll be home for Christmas, if only in my dreams”. It’s a sentiment that everyone around the world can relate to this year as we are all apart this year. The meaning of this song hits differently this year, don’t you think?
2. Johnny Reid – “I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day”
It’s Christmas time, and that can only mean one thing … It’s time for Johnny Reid to hit our ears with his amazing voice and Christmas music. His song “I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day” is a touching original song. It has a great message and keeps in time with the festive spirit.
3. Dallas Smith – “Classic”
Dallas Smith has one of the most unique sounds in Canadian country music. It’s such a treat that he has released a Christmas song! “Classic” is an original song that is really festive! When you’re listening to it, it almost sounds like a classic Christmas song (I guess that makes sense since it’s called “Classic”).
4. Chad Brownlee – “Christmas (Baby, Please Come Home)”
Almost a decade ago, Chad Brownlee released his version of the classic Christmas song “Christmas (Baby, Please Come Home)”. His voice sets the tone perfectly for this one. There’s nothing better than a classic Christmas song, that feels new but still hits that nostalgic feeling.
5. Blue Rodeo – “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas”
Would it truly be a playlist of Canadian country Christmas music without Blue Rodeo? Their version of “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” has been a staple in our home since its inclusion on their Christmas album A Merrie Christmas To You. I could listen to it on repeat … and I do.
6. Paul Brandt – “Home For The Holidays”
Not only is Paul Brandt the undisputed nicest guy in the industry, he’s also the source for some of the best Christmas music! His version of “Home For The Holidays” is so good! The piano solo halfway through just hits ya! He also puts his own country spin on this classic.
7. Brett Kissel – “Frosty The Snowman”
I don’t know about you, but “Frosty The Snowman” always makes me smile. It’s impossible not to sing along anytime you hear “thumpity, thump thump”! And Brett Kissel’s version is no different. It’s a great version of the Christmas classic, and the album artwork is just so darn adorable.
8. Hunter Brothers – “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town”
Everyone’s favourite band of brothers have released a couple of Christmas songs this year. One of them being the classic “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town”. And in true Hunter Brothers fashion, the harmonies in this version are UNREAL! It’ll instantly be your favourite version of this song.
9. Jess Moskaluke ft. Paul Brandt – “With Bells On”
Are there two more powerful voices that could have collaborated on this Christmas classic? Didn’t think so … Jess Moskaluke partnered with Paul Brandt to release the classic Christmas song “With Bells On”. It’s a completely countrified Christmas song.
10. Madeline Merlo – “White Christmas”
Back in 2016, Madeline Merlo released a powerful and sultry version “White Christmas”. This version is stripped down with just her powerful vocals and a piano. It’s really special. Add this one to your playlists!
11. Owen Barney – “Last Christmas”
One of 2020’s breakout Canadian country artists Owen Barney has released an reimagined version of George Michael’s Christmas song “Last Christmas”. This version has been updated with lyrics by Owen, Alyssa Reid, and Jamie Appleby. It’s a great version of the song.
12. Andrew Hyatt – “Put A Bow On It”
Andrew Hyatt has released a fantastic original Christmas song called “Put A Bow On It”. It’s a great new song that feels like a classic … which is what makes any new Christmas song successful. It’ll be on our playlists for years to come!
13. Sons of Daughters – “Moonshine and Misteltoe”
Sons of Daughters have been having a great year! It seems like they’ve been everywhere. They have released a rocking original Christmas song called “Moonshine And Mistletoe”. And as always, they crush it! It’s such a fun song! Everything these two touch seems to turn to gold.
14. Tenille Arts – “A Winter Wonderland”
Tenille Arts has had a banner year! She has released an original country song called “A Winter Wonderland”. It’s a great original song for the Holidays that feels like a classic that plays on the “Walking In A Winter Wonderland” classic.
15. Kira Isabella – “A Country Boy For Christmas”
It’s been almost 10 years since Kira Isabella released this original Christmas song. “A Country Boy For Christmas” is a fun song that’s almost like a country version of “Santa Baby”.
Let us know what you think … what are your favourites? Do you have suggestions for us to consider for 2021?