The words to "Silent Night"
were written in German by the Austrian priest Josef Mohr in 1816. The carol has been translated into over 300 languages and dialects. It is the song that was sung simultaneously in English and German by troops fighting in WWI during the Christmas truce of 1914.
The carol has been covered by artists from just about every style of music. The following list covers the most popular versions.
The acappella version of "Silent Night" that Go Fish offers up on More Than A Story
is one of the best that you'll hear this holiday season. Fun but not flashy, the meaning of the carol is not lost in the almost doo-wop delivery.
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With her amazing voice, Yolanda Adams brings "Silent Night" to life, making it uplifting, genuine and, above all, filled with faith and emotion.
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With Amy Grant singing harmony, MercyMe's version of "Silent Night" delivers beautifully with a little bit of country and a touch of rock 'n roll.
With his signature powerhouse voice, David Phelps' version of the classic Christmas carol leaves you a bit breathless and certainly in awe.
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Recorded live, Third Day's "Silent Night" is a show-stopper if there ever was one. Mac Powell's voice has a quality that should never work over quiet acoustic guitars and strings, but instead of sounding strained or off, he sounds peaceful and sincere. The crowd joining in on the chorus brings amazing closure to an already poignant moment.
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Since 1962, Mahalia Jackson's incomparable voice has given a sense of solemn wonder to the Christmas classic.
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With a traditional, conservative delivery, Amy Grant sings "Silent Night" with a lot of heartfelt emotion.
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From the RIAA certified gold album, Kirk Franklin & the Family Christmas
, this rendition of "Silent Night" is soothing and filled with spirit, while being 110% alive.
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Aly & AJ recorded their rendition of "Silent Night" with guitar, strings and very little else. Their stripped down approach to the Christmas classic leaves out everything but their voices and their obvious passion for the subject.
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Found on City On A Hill: It's Christmas Time
, Sixpence None The Richer takes this classic and beloved Christmas carol and delivers it acoustically in their signature style, as only Sixpence can.
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