"O Holy Night"
("Cantique de Noël") was composed by Adolphe C. Adam in 1847 to the French Christmas poem "Minuit, chrétiens" by Placide Cappeau. It was translated into English by Unitarian minister John Sullivan Dwight, editor of Dwight's Journal of Music in 1855.
On Christmas Eve 1906, Canadian inventor Reginald Fessenden broadcasted the first AM radio program and played "O Holy Night" on the violin, making the popular carol the first piece of music to be broadcast on radio.
The carol has been covered by artists from just about every style of music. The following list covers the most popular versions.
The Gaither Vocal Band rendition of the classic carol has a very "larger-than-life ballad" sound to it, making it a huge reminder that the night that Christ was born was larger than anything.
With more drums and bass than you would expect on a Christmas carol, MercyMe nevertheless still manages to make their version of the holiday classic work and sound festive without losing the importance of the season or the Savior.
Smokie's voice is smooth as glass, and his passion comes through loud and clear on his rendition of the holiday favorite.
More Smokie Norful
Windham Hill Records
With a driving beat and one of the most powerful vocal deliveries you will find anywhere, David Phelps defines the word majestic with his rendition of the Christmas favorite.
More David Phelps
Courtesy of: Provident Music Group
Even the most jaded among us will get a good, healthy dose of Christmas spirit after listening to Third Day's version of the classic carol.
More Third Day
Back when her name was still being misspelled, Sandi Patty didn't let it stop her Christmas spirit at all. Vocally, she practically takes wing and soars on her cover of "O Holy Night," which she combines with "Jesu Bambino" for a perfect combination.
(Buy Direct) Music Book
More Sandi Patty
Anthony's first Christmas project came long before his time on The Voice but the talent was already there in a serious way. More Anthony Evans
360 voices combined with the Tabernacle organ and the 11,623 pipes that make it one of the largest and most distinctive in the world make this a version that is infused with power and majesty.