It Won't Be Christmas Without You

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It Won't Be Christmas Without You
Studio album by Brooks & Dunn
Released October 8, 2002
Genre Country
Length 33:06
Label Arista Nashville
Producer Kix Brooks
Ronnie Dunn
Mark Wright
Greg Droman
Brooks & Dunn chronology
Steers & Stripes
(2001)
It Won't Be Christmas Without You
(2002)
Red Dirt Road
(2003)

It Won't Be Christmas Without You is a Christmas music album by country group Brooks & Dunn released in 2002. Their first album of Christmas music, it features covers of traditional Christmas songs, as well as several newly written tunes. Four of the album's songs — "Hangin' 'Round the Mistletoe", the title track, "Rockin' Little Christmas" and "Winter Wonderland" — received enough airplay to enter the Billboard country music charts, peaking at numbers 47, 41, 57 and 57, respectively.[1]

The album received a 3 star rating from Allmusic, with an unattributed review praising Brooks & Dunn for "wisely foregoing the drippy, synth-laden production that ruins many contemporary country Christmas albums, instead relying on the neo-honky tonk sound that made the duo famous."[2]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Winter Wonderland" (Felix Bernard, Richard B. Smith) – 3:00
  2. "Hangin' 'Round the Mistletoe" (Kostas) – 2:41
  3. "It Won't Be Christmas Without You" (Steven Busch, Ronnie Dunn, Jerry Lynn Williams ) – 3:43
  4. "Rockin' Little Christmas" (Deborah Allen, Bruce Channel) – 3:06
  5. "Blue Christmas" (Billy Hayes, Jay W. Johnson)– 3:29
  6. "Santa's Coming Over to Your House" (Kix Brooks, Don Cook) – 2:32
  7. "The Christmas Song" (Mel Tormé, Robert Wells) – 2:56
  8. "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town" (John Frederick Coots, Haven Gillespie) – 2:24
  9. "Who Says There Ain't No Santa" (Brooks, Larry Boone, Paul Nelson) – 3:41
  10. "I'll Be Home for Christmas" (Kim Gannon, Walter Kent, Buck Ram) – 2:42
  11. "White Christmas" (Irving Berlin) – 2:46

Arranged and conducted by David Campbell

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2002) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 12
U.S. Billboard 200 81
U.S. Billboard Top Holiday Albums 7

References[edit]

  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. pp. 63–64. ISBN 0-89820-177-2. 
  2. ^ "It Won't Be Christmas Without You review". Allmusic. Retrieved 5 December 2012.