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Home for the Holidays is Darius Rucker's fifth studio and first Christmas music album that was released on October 27, 2014 by Capitol Nashville.

TracklistingEdit

  1. Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow 2:56
  2. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas 3:38
  3. What God Wants For Christmas 3:37
  4. You're A Mean One, Mr. Grinch 3:27
  5. Baby, It's Cold Outside (featuring Sheryl Crow) 3:45
  6. I'll Be Home For Christmas 3:53
  7. O Come, All Ye Faithful 4:05
  8. Winter Wonterland 2:48
  9. Candy Cane Christmas 3:23
  10. Please Come Home For Christmas 4:11
  11. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing 3:52
  12. White Christmas 3:39

Album BackgroundEdit

On September 5, 2014, Sheryl Crow posted a picture of herself with Rucker on her Facebook page and wrote: "I love Darius Rucker - Merry Christmas Baby! (I sang on his upcoming Christmas record!)"

On September 15, 2014, it was announced that Rucker had completed his first Christmas album and that it would be released on October 27, 2014.

In an interview with Rolling Stone, he expressed his enthusiasm over his first Christmas album, saying: "I am so excited to finally make a Christmas album. This has been a lifelong dream, and I hope my fans enjoy listening as much as I enjoyed making it."

Chart PerformanceEdit

"Home for the Holidays" debuted at #31 on the Billboard 200 chart and #7 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart, selling 9,000 copies in its first week.

The album rose to #3 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart in its fifth week of release and #25 on the Billboard 200 on its sixth week.

As of December 2016, it has sold 220,800 copies in the United States.

Critical ReceptionEdit

"Home for the Holidays" received mostly positive feedback from music critics.

In a three out of five star review, Stephen Thomas Erlewine of AllMusic states the album "winds up as a perfectly fine Christmas record, suited for those Rucker fans who have stuck with him from Hootie to R&B to country."

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