Over the years, the country music icon, Dolly Parton, has written and covered quite a few holiday songs. Regardless of at what point in Dolly’s life the songs were recorded, one thing is clear; Dolly loves her for Christmas. Even today, Dolly continues to record holiday music. And this year, she will star in another of her own Christmas movies, titled Dolly Parton’s Mountain Magic Christmas.
From a young age, Dolly felt Christmas was a magical time. And the many holiday home-themed songs she wrote show how important Dolly thought spending the season with family was for all of us. Similarly, Dolly enjoys recording her Christmas carols with friends, such as Jimmy Fallon, Willie Nelson, Kenny Rogers and even her godmother Miley Cyrus.
Dolly Parton has been an inspiration to all kinds of people over the years and we hope she continues to inspire us for years to come. This year, enjoy a Holly Dolly Christmas with this top 25 list Dolly Parton Christmas Carolsall of which are guaranteed to lift your holiday spirits.
Dolly Parton’s 25 Best Christmas Songs
1. “Joy to the World”
A classic Christmas song that is familiar, but here Dolly performs it in her own signature style.
2. “You’re My Christmas”
This merry Christmas carol tells the reason for the season; i.e. the people you share it with.
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3. “Winter Wonderland/Sleigh Ride Medley”
Dolly cleverly combines these two classic Christmas carols.
4. “Go Tell It to the Mountain”
A must-have holiday with a nostalgic feel. It takes us right back to church Christmas choirs.
5. “Holly Jolly Christmas”
Or perhaps more appropriately here, “Holly Dolly Christmas.”
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6. “With Bells On”
Upbeat Home For The Holidays theme song by Once upon a Christmas album featuring Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers.
7. “Santa Claus is Coming to Town”
A well-known classic, without which no Christmas would be complete.
8. “The First Noel”
The perfect song for Christmas Eve and the weeks leading up to it.
9. “I believe in Santa Claus”
This song stays true to Dolly’s theme of Christmas magic.
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10. “Christmas Where We Are”
The perfect song for days when you’re snowed in and don’t mind. This song features Billy Ray Cyrus.
11. “The Circle of Love”
This song was written by Dolly Parton herself and is all about the love of Christ and the Father.
12. A Christmas to Remember
A Christmas song with an 80’s twist.
13. “Christmas Without You”
We’ve all had Christmases when we’ve missed someone special – a true blue Christmas.
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14. “Hard Candy Christmas”
This song could be titled: A Christmas Carol About “Breaking Up”.
15. “We the Three Kings”
This song is from the album Home for Christmasreleased in 1990. It was her thirtieth solo studio album.
16. “Comin’ Home for Christmas”
This song opens with what feels like an iconic line: “Mama’s in the kitchen, Christmas on the stove.”
17. “Mary, did you know?”
Dolly Parton sang this particular song at the 2020 Rockefeller Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony.
18. “It’s Christmas”
Miley Cyrus joined her godmother, Dolly herself, to record this hit song.
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19. “All I Want For Christmas Is You”
The Tonight Show star Jimmy Fallon joined Dolly for a cover version of this Mariah Carey song.
20. “I Saw Mom Kiss Santa Claus”
Perhaps a young Dolly Parton did see her mother kiss Santa around the time this popular song was released in 1952.
21. “White Christmas”
Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers recorded dozens of songs together, including a number of Christmas classics like this one.
22. “Beautiful Paper”
Shotgun Willie (Nelson) joins Dolly for this song. He himself wrote the song in 1963.
23. “The Little Drummer Boy”
This song is on the album, Home for Christmaswhose initial release was accompanied by the 1990 Dolly TV special, Dolly Parton: Christmas at Home.
24. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Dolly sings this for the kids, but you can certainly listen too.
25. “I’ll Be Home for Christmas”
It’s fitting that we end this list of 25 Dolly Parton Christmas songs with “I’ll be Home for Christmas.” So many of her songs speak of her love for her childhood home in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee.
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