By Denver-Rose Harmon, Contributing Writer
The holidays certainly look different in 2020, but that won’t stop us from celebrating. There are still plenty of songs for your holiday playlist, and we want to give you some country queer carols to mix in with your Frank, Bing, and Mariah. Whether you want to add some Christmas cheer or lament over the hardships of this holiday season, here’s ten songs to build the soundtrack to your December.
“Hang Your Hat On My Christmas Tree,” Cody Belew
If holiday parties hadn’t been cancelled by 2020, this new two-stepper would be the perfect flirty song to dance to in your ugly Christmas sweater.
“Spend Your Christmas With Me,” Luisa Lopez
Sometimes the happiest time of the year just isn’t. For those times when you need to cry into your eggnog after being scorned by a lover, this somber acoustic tune is the perfect soundtrack.
“Only Time of Year,” Brandy Clark
This brand new song was written for “Happiest Season,” Hulu’s romantic comedy about a lesbian couple. Its plucky melody and cute lyrics from the legendary Brandy Clark make it a must-listen this season.
“O Holy Night,” Brandy Carlile
Carlile tackled this traditional carol with masterful finesse, making it a captivating a capella arrangement with warm background harmonies.
“Can’t Believe It’s Christmas,” Chely Wright
This tune takes an uplifting electric guitar, relaxing vocals, celebratory lyrics and tops it off with jingle bells that wrap it in a holiday bow.
“Xmas,” Shelby Lynne
With lyrics like “Christmas makes me sad” and “holiday cocktails make me forget”, Lynne has penned a sincere and melancholy song about how the holidays are truly difficult for some people.
“You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch,” k.d. lang and Matthew Morrison
This contribution from the great k.d. lang to Glee is a theatrical and silly romp of a song with some beautiful harmonies.
“O Come O Come Emanuel,” Ty Herndon
Herndon brings a fresh take to a traditional carol with this haunting arrangement that makes it his own without overly modernizing it. From his new album “Regifted.”
“Merry Christmas, Mary Jane,” Katie Pruitt
The last Scrooge-esque Christmas song on this list is a fun one about hot-boxing the car while looking at lights and blazing along with the fireplace.
“Happy New Year Old Friend,” Chely Wright
Wrap up the holidays with a jazzy lounge song about the New Year. The smooth sax and piano make this song perfect for ending a long night at the end of a very long year.