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Top 10 Versions of "Away In A Manger" by Christian & Gospel Arists

Traditional religious Christmas carol


The first publication of "Away in a Manger" was in 1885 in a Lutheran Sunday school book by James R. Murray. The author of the first two verses is unknown, but the third verse was composed by John T. Mc­Far­land. The music was composed by William J. Kirkpatrick in 1895.

The carol has been covered by artists from just about every style of music. The following list covers the most popular versions by Christian & Gospel Arists.

1. Randy Travis

Randy Travis - Songs Of the Season

Listening to Randy Travis sing "Away in a Manger" on Songs Of The Season brings to mind campfires and cold, still nights. It is almost possible to let your mind take you back to that first Christmas and put you right outside of the manger itself.

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2. The Blind Boys Of Alabama

The Blind Boys Of Alabama - Go Tell It On The Mountain
Real World Records

The Blind Boys Of Alabama give the classic carol a real bluesy feel (with a little help from George Clinton) on their version, which comes from Go Tell It On The Mountain.

3. Casting Crowns

Casting Crowns - Peace On Earth
Reunion Records

Casting Crowns delivers a very moving rendition of the beautiful carol.

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4. Steven Curtis Chapman

Steven Curtis Chapman - The Music of Christmas

Steven Curtis Chapman combines several classics for one incredibly beautiful medley. "Silent Night," Away In A Manger" and "O Holy Night" flow together as a very gentle reminder of what the Christmas holiday season is supposed to be all about ... Jesus.

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5. Twila Paris

Twila Paris - It's The Thought
Star Song Music

Sounding much like an angel who is singing as the drama of the birth unfolds, Twila Paris will enhance any holiday moment with her rendition of the classic carol.

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6. Mahalia Jackson

Mahalia Jackson - Gospel Favorites
Goldenlane Records

Putting the soul in gospel, Mahalia Jackson represents everything that was perfect about that moment ... the moment that Jesus was born in her version of "Away in a Manger."

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7. Michael W. Smith

Michael W. Smith - Christmastime
Reunion Records

Smitty's daughter Anna singing with such pure wonder is what puts his version of "Away in a Manger" over the top.

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8. Annie Moses Band

Annie Moses Band - Christmas Bright & Beautiful
Reunion Records

No one delivers instrumental magic like the Annie Moses Band!

9. The Isaacs

The Isaacs - Christmas
Gaither Music

Can you say a cappella magic? If you can't, after listening to The Isaacs' version of the song, you will!

  • Watch the video of them performing "Away in a Manger" and "Walk On" live

10. Jim Brickman

Jim Brickman - Peace
Windham Hill Records

Jim Brickman's treatment of "Away in a Manger" is as soothing as it is beautiful. Piano and very light strings give this carol an elegant feel and while you most certainly know the lyrics, the music takes you to a place that doesn't require you to sing them.

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