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Top 10 Versions of "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing" by Christian & Gospel Artists

Traditional religious Christmas carol


"Hark! The Herald Angels Sing" was written in 1739 by Charles Wesley, the brother of the founder of the Methodist church, John Wesley.

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

1. Amy Grant

Amy Grant - A Christmas Album
"Hark! The Herald Angels Sing" comes from Amy Grant's first Christmas album, A Christmas Album. Perfect harmony and Amy's beautiful voice make this tune a real winner, even 25 years later.

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2. Michael W. Smith

Michael W. Smith - Christmas
Smitty mixed things up by combing "The Voice," "Good King Wenceslaus" and "Hark The Herald Angels Sing" for a beautiful medley.

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3. Charlotte Church

Charlotte Church - Dream a Dream
Sony Classical
Charlotte delivers a classical sound on her version of the holiday carol.

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4. Diamond Rio

Diamond Rio - A Diamond Rio Christmas, The Star Still Shines

The acapella rendition of the carol that Diamond Rio brought us in 2007 was one of the highlights of the Christmas season that year. The guys of Diamond Rio put little pieces of themselves into that song and we all benefitted.

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5. Kevin Max

Kevin Max - Holy Night
Northern Records
Shades of the The Fab Four make the cover by Kevin Max very different from the rest ... and way cool.

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6. Blackmore's Night

Blackmore's Night - Winter Carols
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Ritchie Blackmore and Candice Night bring together sounds that you wouldn't normally associate with Christmas, or even each other, by mixing hard-hitting guitar licks with horns and a pipe organ on their version of "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing." They even mix in "O Come All Ye Faithful," for some added umph. The result is strikingly beautiful.

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7. Mahalia Jackson

Mahalia Jackson - A Most Excellent Mahalia Jackson Christmas
San Juan Music Group
From A Most Excellent Mahalia Jackson Christmas, Mahalia Jackson's rendition of "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing" shows off her power as well as her passion.

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8. Jim Brickman

Jim Brickman - Peace
Windham Hill Records
Jim Brickman's piano cover of the popular carol is beautiful and soothing.

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9. Oak Ridge Boys

Oak Ridge Boys - Christmas Cookies
Spring Hill Music
While it's not cute like "Christmas Cookies" or "Uncle Luther Made The Stuffin'," the Oak Ridge Boys still deliver on their rendition of "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing" with pure down-home country style.

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10. Rebecca St. James

WOW Christmas Green
Word Entertainment
Coming from WOW Christmas Green, Rebecca St. James gives a pop rock treatment to "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing" making it fun as well as festive.

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