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Most Popular Christmas Carols of 2013

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With nearly 100 "standard" Christmas carols and hundreds of original holiday songs, there are a lot to pick from when it comes time to record a Christmas album. Each song that makes the cut touches the artist in some important way each year. In 2013, these were the most popular Christmas carols found on the newest holiday releases.

 

"Silent Night"

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Forerunner Music

Originally written in German, the first English translation didn't appear until 1863.

This year, seven different Christian singers included the beloved carol on their new Christmas projects.

While all of these versions are beautiful, my favorites are the one by Julie Meyer and the one by Chris Cauley.

"Oh Holy Night"

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North Point Music

Originally known as "Cantique de Noël," this religious favorite first was translated to English in 1855. It holds the distinction of being the first piece of music to be broadcast on radio (1906).

In 2013, you'll find "Oh Holy Night" on five new Christmas albums.

 Again, in my book, North Point gets the high honors on their version.

"The First Noel"

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Centricity Music

Though scholars can't agree whether this carol was written in the 13th Century or the 16th Century, they do agree that it was first published in 1833 when it appeared in "Christmas Carols Ancient and Modern," a collection of seasonal carols compiled by William B. Sandys.

Found on five Christmas projects in 2013, you can hear several different arrangements of the classic carol.

Newcomer Lauren Daigle shows off her beautiful voice, making it clear why Centricity signed her.

"The Little Drummer Boy"

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John Schlitt

One of the youngest carols on the list, "The Little Drummer Boy" was written in 1941 by Katherine Kennicott Davis and called, "Carol of the Drum." In 1968, a 25-minute television special that told the story of the little drummer boy was first aired. In the 45 years since, it has become a classic holiday program.

This year, five artists recorded the song for their Christmas offerings.

Just when I thought Julie Meyer couldn't do any better, I got to track #7 and had to rethink my position!

 

"O Come All Ye Faithful"

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Future Of Forestry

First written in Latin in 1743, is was nearly 100 years later before this carol got an English translation and even then it was done in sections.

This year, two artists recorded the song by itself and two artists paired it with other Christmas songs to give us a montage.

"The Christmas Song"

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C El Entertainment Inc.

Another "youngster" on the list, "The Christmas Song" was written in 1944 by Mel Tormé. It has gone on to become the "most-performed Christmas song" according to BMI.

You'll find it on four of the new Christmas projects by Christian singers in 2013.

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