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Religious Christmas Songs

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Christmas music is an important part of the whole holiday season. The music and sounds of Christmas come from all styles and genres, providing something for every musical taste. Some carols are totally secular, focusing on the fun of the holiday. Others are much more religious, bringing the reason for the season front and center.

Here you will find the most popular Religious Christmas Carols; their history, their lyrics and the Top 10 versions of each one that has been released by a Christian artist or band.

"Angels We Have Heard on High"

John Michael Talbot - The Birth of Jesus A Celebration of Christmas
Sparrow Records
This popular carol was translated from French to English in 1862. The music and lyrics combined were first published together in a carol collection dated 1855. The carol has been covered by artists from just about every style of music. Sandi Patty, John Michael Talbot, Point Of Grace, and Steven Curtis Chapman are only some of the Christian artists that have released wonderful versions. From Josh Groban, Billy Gilman and Brian Culbertson to Bing Crosby, Joan Baez and Olivia Newton-John -- secular artists have sung of the angels as well, in many beautiful and moving ways. The Top Christian versions of the carol are found in the following list ...

 

 

"Away in a Manger"

Steven Curtis Chapman - The Music of Christmas
Sparrow
The author of the first 2 verses of "Away in a Manger" is unknown, but the 3rd verse was composed by John T. Mc­Far­land. The music was composed by William J. Kirkpatrick in 1895. The carol has been covered by artists from several styles of music. Jim Brickman, Twila Paris, Michael W. Smith, and Steven Curtis Chapman are only some of the Christian artists that have released wonderful versions. From Martina McBride, Dwight Yoakam and Sufjan Stevens to Julie Andrews, Linda Ronstadt and Nat King Cole -- secular artists have covered even more versions, making this a carol done in every style you can imagine. The Top Christian versions of the carol are found in the following list ...

 

 

"God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen"

4HIM - Christmas The Season Of Love
Benson Records
The traditional religious carol "God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen" was sung for centuries before being first published in Britain in 1833. The story goes that the carol was sung to the gentry by town watchmen who earned extra money during Christmas.

The carol has been covered by artists from several styles of music. Jars Of Clay, Steven Curtis Chapman, and MercyMe are some of the Christian artists that have released wonderful versions. From Julie Andrews, Perry Como and Neil Diamond to Mariah Carey, Chicago and Barenaked Ladies -- secular artists have also gotten in to the festivities. The Top Christian versions of the carol are found in the following list ...

 

 

"Hark! The Herald Angels Sing"

Blackmore's Night - Winter Carols
Courtesy of: Blackmore's Night
"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 of from just about every style of music. Blackmore's Night, Mahalia Jackson, Charlotte Church, and Diamond Rio are only some of the Christian artists that have released wonderful versions. From Frank Sinatra, Steve Martin and Nat King Cole to Martina McBride, Mariah Carey and Shedaisy -- secular artists have also released some wonderful renditions. The Top Christian versions of the carol are found in the following list ...

"O Come, All Ye Faithful"

Stacie Orrico - Christmas Wish
Forefront
The words to "O Come, All Ye Faithful" were written by John Francis Wade in 1743. Verses 1-3 and 6 were translated from Latin to English by Frederick Oakeley in 1841, while verses 4 & 5 were translated by William Thomas Brooke.

The carol has been covered by artists from just about every style of music. Third Day, Amy Grant, Mahalia Jackson, and Stacie Orrico are only some of the Christian artists that have released wonderful versions. From Josh Groban, Clay Aiken and Martina McBride to Nat King Cole, Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash -- secular artists have released some beautiful renditions as well. The Top Christian versions of the carol are found in the following list ...

 

 

"O Holy Night"

Point Of Grace - A Christmas Story
Sony
The carol has been covered by artists of from just about every style of music. Point of Grace, BarlowGirl, David Phelps, and Smokie Norful are only some of the Christian artists that have released wonderful versions. From Martina McBride, *Nsync and Jewel to Placido Domingo, Johnny Mathis and Joan Baez -- secular artists have also done the song justice for years. The Top Christian versions of the carol are found in the following list ...

 

 

"O Little Town of Bethlehem"

Mahalia Jackson - A Most Excellent Mahalia Jackson Christmas
San Juan Music Group
The words to the popular traditional religious Christmas carol "O Little Town of Bethlehem" were written by an Episcopal priest named Phillips Brooks in 1867. The music, titled "St. Louis," was written by Lewis H. Redner in 1868.

The carol has been covered by artists from several styles of music. Sandi Patty, Kathy Troccoli, Steven Curtis Chapman, and Bebe Winans are some of the Christian artists that have released wonderful versions. From Kenny Chesney, Sarah McLachlan and Alabama to Elvis Presley, Emmylou Harris and Frank Sinatra -- secular artists have released many moving versions as well. The Top Christian versions of the carol are found in the following list ...

"Silent Night"

Amy Grant - A Christmas To Remember
Word
"Silent Night" 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. Third Day, MercyMe, Yolanda Adams, and Amy Grant are only some of the Christian artists that have released wonderful versions. From Sinead O'Connor, Josh Groban and Kenny Chesney to Dean Martin, Johnny Cash and Emmylou Harris -- secular artists have done the song justice for years. The Top Christian versions of the carol are found in the following list ...

"The First Noel"

Randy Travis - Songs Of the Season
Word
"The First Noel" was first published in 1833 when it appeared in Christmas Carols Ancient and Modern, a collection of seasonal carols put together by William B. Sandys. The carol has been covered by artists from just about every style of music. Bebe Winans, Newsong, Third Day, and John P. Kee & The New Life Community Choir are only some of the Christian artists that have released wonderful versions. From Josh Groban, Sarah McLachlan and Vanessa Williams to Emmylou Harris, Joan Baez and Kenny Rogers -- secular artists have also done enchanting versions. The Top Christian versions of the carol are found in the following list ...

"What Child Is This?"

Kevin Max - Holy Night
Northern Records
Written in 1865, "What Child Is This?" has been covered by artists of from just about every style of music. Kevin Max, Yolanda Adams, ZOEgirl, and Point of Grace are only some of the Christian artists that have released wonderful versions. From Sarah McLachlan, Josh Groban and Jessica Simpson to Johnny Mathis, Joan Baez and Burl Ives -- secular artists have also done beautiful versions of the carol. The Top Christian versions of the carol are found in the following list ...

 

 

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