Honky Tonk Christmas

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Honky Tonk Christmas
Studio album (Christmas) by Alan Jackson
Released October 12, 1993
Genre Christmas
Length 31:43
Label Arista
Producer Keith Stegall
Alan Jackson chronology
A Lot About Livin' (And a Little 'bout Love)
Honky Tonk Christmas
Who I Am

Honky Tonk Christmas is the first Christmas album by country music artist Alan Jackson, and was released on October 12, 1993. The title track, "A Holly Jolly Christmas" and "I Only Want You for Christmas" charted on the Hot Country Songs charts.

"Please, Daddy (Don't Get Drunk This Christmas)" was originally recorded by John Denver for his 1973 album Farewell Andromeda. Jackson's version of "A Holly Jolly Christmas" first appeared on the soundtrack to the 1992 film Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, while "Santa's Gonna Come in a Pickup Truck" was also included on the 1994 Alvin and the Chipmunks album A Very Merry Chipmunk.

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars [1]
Entertainment Weekly B+ [2]
Los Angeles Times 3/4 stars[3]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 2/5 stars [4]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Honky Tonk Christmas" (Buddy Brock, Zack Turner, Kim Williams) – 2:53
  2. "The Angels Cried" (Harley Allen, Debbie Nims) – 2:51
  3. "If We Make It Through December" (Merle Haggard) – 2:45
  4. "If You Don't Want to See Santa Claus Cry" (Keith Stegall) - 3:14
  5. "I Only Want You for Christmas" (Tim Nichols, Turner) - 3:20
  6. "Merry Christmas to Me" (Alan Jackson) - 2:53
  7. "A Holly Jolly Christmas" (Johnny Marks) - 2:16
  8. "There's a New Kid in Town" (Don Cook, Curly Putman, Keith Whitley) - 4:09
  9. "Santa's Gonna Come in a Pickup Truck" (Don Rich, Red Simpson) - 4:08
  10. "Please Daddy (Don't Get Drunk This Christmas)" (Bill Danoff, Taffy Nivert) - 3:20


Chart performance[edit]

Honky Tonk Christmas peaked at No. 42 on the U.S. Billboard 200, and No. 7 on the Top Country Albums. In January 1998, Honky Tonk Christmas was certified Platinum by the RIAA. It has sold 1,306,500 copies in the U.S. as of December 2016.[5]


Year Song US Country
1991 "I Only Want You for Christmas" 41
1993 "Honky Tonk Christmas" 53
1994 "Honky Tonk Christmas" (re-entry) 59
1995 "I Only Want You for Christmas" (re-entry) 48
1997 "A Holly Jolly Christmas" 51
"I Only Want You for Christmas" (re-entry) 48


  1. ^ Honky Tonk Christmas at AllMusic
  2. ^ Browne, David (1993-11-12). "Christmas CD Roundup Review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2013-04-25. 
  3. ^ Willman, Chris (1993-12-12). "Holiday Recordings : HOLIDAY : It's Ring-a-Ling Recordings Time : Those Seasonal Sugarplums and Lumps O' Coal". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2013-11-28. 
  4. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Christian Hoard (2004). The Rolling Stone Album Guide. New York City, New York: Simon and Schuster. p. 409. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8. 
  5. ^ a b Bjorke, Matt (December 14, 2016). "*Special Report*: Country Catalog Chart for December 14, 2016". Roughstock. 
  6. ^ a b Alan Jackson - Chart history
  7. ^ "Gold & Platinum - February 16, 2010". RIAA. Archived from the original on 2015-09-24. Retrieved 2010-02-16.