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New Country Christmas Music Decorates the Charts

Capitol Nashville

Although Taylor’s Swift‘s Red remains in the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart this week, it’s no surprise that several Christmas collections are also decking the halls. Lady Antebellum‘s On This Winter’s Night, Blake Shelton‘s Cheers, It’s Christmas and Christmas With Scotty McCreery, all new this year, are lighting up the No. 2, 3 and 4 positions on the chart, respectively, joining perennial holiday discs by Elvis Presley, Willie Nelson, the Oak Ridge Boys and more.

On the Top Country Catalog survey, which tracks country albums that have previously impacted the charts, the No. 1 entry is Taylor’s Holiday Collection, which was originally released in 2007. The third best-selling disc on that chart this week is also a seasonal offering, the fantastic Dolly PartonKenny Rogers collaboration, Once Upon a Christmas, which was originally issued in 1984. Martina McBride‘s million-selling White Christmas is No. 4 this week, with Alan Jackson‘s Honky Tonk Christmas at No. 5.

If you, or someone on your holiday shopping list is a fan of Christmas tunes from every popular musical genre, and can’t get enough of the kind of information (which, we suppose, some would call trivia!) our chart features present each week, you’ll want to check out “Christmas in the Charts 1920-2004,” Joel Whitburn’s outstanding book that collects the Billboard chart stats on Yuletide tunes by everyone from Alabama to Dwight Yoakam, from Bryan Adams to Stevie Wonder.

A full-color Christmas photo album featuring some of the most memorable cover art from classic Christmas singles and albums is included and, if you’re anything like us, many of those photos will bring back wonderful holiday memories. You’ll also learn which country songs spent more time on the Christmas chart that any other (Merle Haggard‘s “If We Make It Through December,” anyone?)

Record Research, the company that publishes this and other official Billboard chart books, will also be issuing the latest edition of their “Hot Country Songs” book, covering the years 1944-2012, in the new year — and we’re having an XXL stocking made just for that one.

We’ll continue to keep track of the best-selling singles, albums and artists in country music throughout the year, and here’s hoping your 2013 is off the charts!

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