My Christmas Song of the Day for December 28 is one of the best new holiday tunes of the millennium. It has become de rigueur for country music stations to work this into their rotations during the Christmas season, but I’d like to see pop stations do the same. Both the performance and the sentiment fit in nicely.
Alan Jackson first hit the country charts late in 1989. Since then, he has had 26 #1 singles in Billboard, a few of which also made the top 40 on the pop charts. His most famous songs are probably “Don’t Rock the Jukebox,” “Chattahoochee” and the song he wrote immediately after 9/11, “Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning).” His 2003 duet with Jimmy Buffett, “It’s Five o’Clock Somewhere,” made the pop Top 20.
Early on, Jackson started recording Christmas music. He had a one-off single, “I Only Want You for Christmas,” in 1991, and a year later, he contributed “A Holly Jolly Christmas” to Home Alone 2: Lost in New York. A full Christmas album, Honky Tonk Christmas, followed in 1993. Most of the songs on that CD were more contemporary, including several new ones.
For his 2002 Christmas CD, Jackson planned to record nothing but some of the more traditional holiday songs. But he couldn’t help himself; he composed one new song to appear amid such time-honored fare as “White Christmas” and “O Come All Ye Faithful.” Though brand-new at the time, it fits in well with the standards, and is starting to become a standard in its own right.
Here is the title song of Alan Jackson’s 2002 holiday album, “Let It Be Christmas.”