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Top 10 Versions of "The First Noel" by Christian & Gospel Artists


The traditional religious Christmas carol, "The First Noel" was first published in 1833 when it appeared in "Christmas Carols Ancient and Modern," a collection of seasonal carols gathered by William B. Sandys.

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


1. Bryan Duncan

Word Records
Bryan Duncan's incomparable voice delivers a smooth and silky version of the classic song, reminding listeners why he has been a staple in Christian music for decades.

2. Aly & AJ

Aly & AJ - Acoustic Hearts Of Winter
Hollywood Records
Ringing with joy and sincerity, Aly & AJ don't allow themselves to get caught up in the commercial side of Christmas at all with their version of the carol.

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3. John P. Kee & The New Life Community Choir

John P. Kee & The New Life Community Choir - A Special Christmas Gift
Zomba Recording
If John P. Kee & The New Life Community Choir's version of "The First Noel" doesn't move you in places that you weren't sure could move, you need to check your pulse!

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4. Newsong

Newsong - The Christmas Shoes
Reunion Records
The title track to The Christmas Shoes got so much attention, well deserved that it was, that Newsong's phenomenal cover of "The First Noel" didn't get nearly the attention it should have.

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5. Bebe And Cece Winans

Bebe and CeCe Winans - First Christmas
Delivered with a quiet reverence, BeBe and CeCe build the suspense through the music, making you feel as though you're holding your breath, waiting for the angels to finally say "Born is the King of Israel!"

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6. Bebe Winans

BeBe Winans - My Christmas Prayer
Hidden Beach/Epic
BeBe Winans used his "inside voice" when he recorded this classic Christmas carol with his sister CeCe in 1993. In his 2003 solo version, he uses every ounce of strength he can throw into it and that powerful voice of his literally soars.

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7. Steve Green

Steve Green - The First Noel
Sparrow Records
Steve Green adds just enough of a modern rock touch to his cover of "The First Noel" to make it heartwarming and perfect for the season.

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8. Randy Travis

Randy Travis - Songs Of the Season
Randy Travis takes a classic Christmas carol, pairs it with his classic country sound and we all get blessed by the combination.

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9. Third Day

Third Day - Christmas Offerings
Courtesy of: Provident Music Group
Performed and recorded live, Third Day knocks it out of the park yet again with their cover of "The First Noel."

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10. Oak Ridge Boys

Oak Ridge Boys - I'll Be Home For Christmas
Capitol Records
The Oak Ridge Boys combined "Away In A Manger," "The First Noel," "Joy To The World" and "Angels We Have Heard On High" for a medley of proportions that only the Oak Ridge Boys could deliver.

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11. Mahalia Jackson

Mahalia Jackson - Mahalia Sings Songs Of Christmas!
All power and passion, yet delivered with a subtle touch; that is how Mahalia sang it on her version of "The First Noel."

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