The traditional religious Christmas carol "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen"
was sung for centuries before being first published in Britain in 1833. While it has been released by artists from all styles and genres of music, both secular and Christian, the top versions by Christian artists
stand head and shoulders above the rest.
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.
I'll bet you didn't know that Bethany Dillon had a jazz streak in her? You hear it and hear it well on Shades Of Christmas: Jazz & Blues
, a compilation that came out in 2007.
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Jars of Clay is flawless on their cut of the classic Christmas carol. Harmonies and strings abound, making this a perfect complement to any Christmas season.
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Randy Travis has a voice that is recognizable in any crowd and he brings a real down-home country Christmas feel to the season with his rendition of "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen."
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With the voice of an angel, Annie Wolaver delivers a heavenly vocal while her equally talented family provides music that will make you feel like you have snuck into the choir room in Heaven and are listening to the angels worship.
MercyMe released their version of "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" in 2005 on The Christmas Sessions
. Without losing the classicial feel of the song, the band brought in a pop rock twist that gave it a definite MercyMe sound.
The a capella version that Hope's Call put out in 2012 is beautiful and awe-inspiring.
Nobody out there sounds like 4HIM and they did amazing justice to "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" on 1993's Christmas: The Season Of Love
. The harmonies were pure magic and the rhythms that they blended with the traditional melody line gave the song a very upbeat feel with a lot of extra umph!
2005's All I Really Want For Christmas
is where we hear Steven Curtis Chapman's version of the classic carol. Chapman delivers a warm and time-tested sound, bringing to mind the Christmas seasons of yesteryear.
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Clocking in at an amazing 7 minutes, Jim Brickman's release of "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" comes from his second Christmas album, Peace
. Brickman plays with such a warm, yet delicate touch, that you find you don't miss vocals at all.
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The DRadio guys really give it there all on their version of the classic carol and the harmony is outstanding. They may be a rock band, but they sure can slow it down just as perfectly as they can rock it out!