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Country Radio’s Most Popular Christmas Songs in 2010

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With the holidays fast approaching, we thought we’d share five of the top Christmas songs that are filling the airwaves this season. Old meets new in many of these clips, as stars such as Rascal Flatts, Lady Antebellum and Darius Rucker bring a new spin to classic Christmas songs first made popular by the likes of Bing Crosby, Chuck Berry and more.

Of course, there’s no way we could cover all the great holiday tunes currently blasting from cars and stores across the country, so be sure to let us know what your favorite Christmas songs of 2010 are in the comments section below. Plus, check out Taste of Country’s personal favorite original country holiday songs and country holiday cover songs.

Elvis Presley and Martina McBride, ‘Blue Christmas’
Much in the way Natalie Cole was able to digitally duet with her father Nat King Cole on the classic song ‘Unforgettable,’ country singer McBride gets to sit in for Elvis’ legendary 1968 comeback special for a retro-active duet on ‘Blue Christmas.’

Lady Antebellum, ‘Baby, It’s Cold Outside’
Lady Antebellum re-enact the classic ‘is the evening over or not?’ debate made famous by Ella Fitzgerald, Dean Martin and a host of other stars.

Rascal Flatts, ‘I’ll Be Home for Christmas’
Bing Crosby’s 1943 song about the plight of a foreign-stationed solider gets morphed into a tale of life on the tour bus in the hands of the popular country trio, who are also filling the airwaves with their take on ‘Jingle Bell Rock.’

Luke Bryan, ‘Run Rudolph Run’
It’s doubtful that Santa had to deal with much bad weather when he visited the Georgia-born Bryan to deliver presents, which may be why the singer is so unabashedly encouraging Rudolph to put the pedal to the metal on this upbeat romp through this 1958 Chuck Berry holiday favorite.

Darius Rucker, ‘Candy Cane Christmas’
Now that he’s conquered soft-rock and country, former Hootie and the Blowfish leader Darius Rucker takes a shot at jazz with this holiday-themed track.

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